A strong symbol
The Calatrava is named after the Calatrava cross. It is the most frequently produced model by Patek Philippe and evidently, it is the flagship model of the company.
The collection honours the Spanish Catholic order of knights that was founded in 1158. The order emblem consists of the greek cross with fleur-de-lis at its ends and came about when the monks of the order rescued the town Calatrava from an Arabic invasion. As a devout Catholic, Antoine Patek was certainly aware of the symbolic value behind the Calatrava cross and chose the symbol to represent his successful company. Since 1887, pocket watches and the following wristwatches by Patek Philippe have been adorned with the Calatrava cross logo. The emblem can be found on the winding crown, the back of the case, and the clasp of the watch.
In 1932, the Reference 96 was introduced and received the symbolic name of Calatrava. Just like the Calatrava cross, the design of the wristwatch is timeless and will last throughout the ages.