Obviously, there are many ways the new Patek Philippe Calatrava 5180/1R Replica Watches could be described. The most convenient way would be an extensive use of fawning superlatives – it is, after all, a full-gold, skeletonized Patek Philippe. I look at it and think not that, but more that it is a preposterous dinosaur of a watch, a T-Rex rocking Mr. T’s gold chains.
The Cheap Patek Philippe Replica 18k rose gold case itself is just 6.7mm thick and some 39 millimeters wide. Over the years, it has put on a few millimeters of extra girth – just like that Florida baddie – as the case is stretched out by the gold stick hour markers that push the periphery of the case further from the movement. This method is hidden 99% of the time, for all we usually see is a narrower sapphire window on the back that helps disguise the size difference between movement and case.
The rose gold, 15-link bracelet is remarkably flexible and comfortable to wear – to look at, maybe not so much. It’s an actual waterfall of gold around the wrist. This much gold for gold’s sake works as an almost artistic contrast against the intricacy of the hand-engraved movement. It is brash ostentation against 130 hours of extremely focused, surgical-grade craftsmanship. Poetic, isn’t it?
But with Patek Philippe Replica Watches, I’m only slowly admitting to myself that I’m seeing a just because side of – think about the horrid 5522, the weird, boasting maths equation on the dial of the 5976/1G, or the unwearably sized, ultimate just because watch, the Grandmaster Chime.
All in all, the Patek Philippe Replica 5180/1R is a watch I’m happy to have seen and respect all for the same reasons as I love to have seen and respect a T-Rex. It’s a king of a long gone era, dressed in all the loud and profoundly intimidating codes that evolution taught it to put on to elicit fear and humility from its peers – but those codes are irrelevant and borderline ridiculous today. Ironically, both the 5180/1R and the T-Rex today remain to be seen only as skeletons.