Sometimes less is more, and when it comes to timepieces a minimalist approach combined with premium materials and manufacture is surely one of the best ways to get yourself noticed. Such is the case with the Patek Philippe 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time watch, which like many of its fashionable contemporaries is inspired by the classic designs of its day – in this case, 1930s pilot watches.
Everything about it is steeped in aviation history. The dark navy blue lacquer of the dial is designed to resemble the body paint of 1930s American fighter planes and an additional hour hand lets you set the watch to display an alternative world time, tipping its hat to fliers who would be travelling across time zones but something that could come in equally useful on a long-haul business trip to China.
The calf leather strap and white gold enclosure should go some way to justifying the $50,000 price tag, which might seem like a bit of a steep price for a watch, but when you consider one of Patek’s vintage pilot models solid in 2009 for $1.7m it almost seems like a budget model. Who’s budget though, we’re not quite sure.