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The Patek Philippe Calatrava for Ladies: Classic Elegance

24 February 23

The Calatrava is an embodiment of Patek Philippe style. In their slimline models we find the quintessential round wristwatch for women. Let’s explore four ladies’ references in this collection.

The Calatrava family of watches is defined by an ethos of simplicity and elegance. Function takes centre stage in the highly readable dials and round cases, while subtle design elements nod to the classics of the past.

These designs range from the understated to the glamourous, but never lose sight of the signature Calatrava design. It’s easy to see how this collection has charmed watch lovers generation after generation.

Patek Philippe’s ultra-thin Caliber 240 is the beating heart of these models, allowing the cases to maintain a dainty profile even as the dials have expanded. The movement is self-winding with a 48-hour power reserve, perfect for the busy modern woman. A sapphire crystal case back reveals the movement, including the 22K gold off-centre mini-rotor stamped with the Calatrava cross.

The first reference we’ll look at is 7200R-001. With its characteristic straight lugs and simple dial, this is a fine example of an officer’s-style watch. The silvery grained dial complements the rose gold case, creating a refined aesthetic. Rose gold pairs beautifully with all skin tones and lends warmth to any outfit. Wear this as your everyday watch, or dress it up for a special occasion. 

If you prefer a little more embellishment, reference 7200/200R-001 sets off the officer’s-style case with a luminescent ring of diamonds on the bezel. These are placed using the Flamme® setting, a novel technique developed by Patek Philippe. The 142 diamonds are set in two staggered rows and secured by hand-sculpting the rose gold surrounding them. This allows more light to shine through the lace-like pattern of gems, to radiant effect.

The next reference, 4997/200G-001 also features a diamond-set bezel. The deep blue dial is framed by 76 round-cut, internally flawless Top Wesselton diamonds. But the dial itself is the star of this model. Concentric waves spread beneath layers of midnight blue lacquer, creating subtle depth and mystery. The pattern appears to shift and move as the light catches it. Pair with blue accessories and step out into the sunshine to bring the dial to life.

The last watch we’ll explore here is inspired by expressive movement from another discipline; that of a gymnast’s ribbon as it twirls and dances around the performer. The Patek Philippe Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie is now available in a white gold design with a slightly larger diameter, reference 4978/400G-001. The larger dial gives more space to the spiral of diamonds which begins around the edge of the case and winds in towards the hands. Each gem must be exactly the right size and set in exactly the right position to maintain the effect. The dial is completed with blued gold numerals and hands, sure to be appreciated by the wearer looking for that traditional touch. This is the ultimate watch for a special occasion, sure to elevate any outfit. 

If you would like to explore these references or the wider Patek Philippe collection, we invite you to contact Prestons Wilmslow or Prestons Guildford by telephone, online contact form, or by visiting us in-store. One of our Patek Philippe specialists will be on hand to guide you through any enquiry you may have.

Our Showrooms

Over the years, generations of families have become customers of Prestons, and many have gone on to become friends. Today, our teams look forward to welcoming you to our showrooms in Wilmslow, Guildford, Norwich and Leeds.

Prestons Guildford


Our Guildford showroom, which is now located on the opposite side of the high street, is designed to reflect the architectural merit of the Edwardian building it now occupies. The store features newly extended spaces dedicated to the fine watch houses it showcases, alongside a comfortable lounge to allow our clients to explore our bridal and fine jewellery collections. Explore This Showroom

Prestons Wilmslow


Located in the heart of Wilmslow, this showroom features a selection of spaces dedicated to the fine watch houses it showcases. Of course, the bridal collections Prestons have always been famous for remain a prominent feature of the store and surround the famous Aquarium Bar which sits at its centre. Explore This Showroom

Rolex by Prestons, Leeds


This showroom, located in Victoria Gate, features extensive Rolex showcases alongside a discrete VIP lounge. Every element of the interior design radiates the values of the Rolex crown: excellence, precision and attention to detail from louvre walls in walnut, to the careful calibration of colours and patterns within the fittings and furnishings. Explore This Showroom

Prestons Norwich


Located on the historic Norwich high street, Prestons Norwich has been expanded and redesigned to reflect the character of the building it has occupied for over 150 years. The showroom features collections by Patek Philippe, Rolex and TUDOR alongside our fine jewellery collections. Explore This Showroom
Guildford showroom