Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot 5522 New York Edition Limited 600 Examples
in New York City, Patek Philippe will kick-off an enormous, 10-day-long, open-to-the-public "Grand Exhibition" entitled "The Art of Watchmaking." The event will take place at Cipriani on 42nd street across from Grand Central Station and will feature dozens of the most important pieces from Patek's history as well as looks at all that the manufacture stands for today. To celebrate, Patek has unveiled a handful of limited edition products that we'll be covering here today. Perhaps not the most interesting but indeed the most approachable, is this new time-only Calatrava reference 5522A. Yes, "A" as in "acier," or steel.The Patek Philippe pilot's Calatava reference 5522A will be a limited edition of 600 pieces (yes, 600 pieces!) at a price of $21,547. All 600 pieces will be allocated exclusively to U.S. retailers, of which there are 89. Obviously the larger markets will be given more than those in smaller regions, but that equates to about seven watches per retailer. It doesn't sound so horrible when you hear that, but I will admit to gasping audibly when I heard there would be six hundred pieces for just the U.S. market. But, considering it's steel, has no date, and is priced less than your basic stainless steel Nautilus (which you can hardly get from an authorized dealer anyway), something tells me these will fly.