Some of the new Pateks with ridiculous numbers of complications seem antithetical to that for which Patek once stood (i.e. elegant, understated simplicity). Â I don't understand this trendy fascination with huge and/or over-complicated (pun intended) watches. Â Give me a Patek Calatrava any day.
I like the Calatravas quite a bit. Â Simple, elegant, and understated. Â However, given their 'simplicity', I do not see how someone can spend $16,000 on a watch like that. Â I'm not a huge fan of watches with many complications, but I think that the moon phase chart adds a unique characteristic to the watch; more so than say a chronograph. Â However, I can't imagine spending $160,000 on their flagship model.
I'm not sure which "flagship model" you are talking about. Patek's top of the line model, the Sky Moon Tourbillon, sells for about $750,000 and there is a multi-year waiting list for them. It is indeed a bloated, overcomplicated thing, more of a curiousity than a wrist watch. However, the Patek Celestial, model, which sells for about $150,000 is, in my opinion, a thing of beauty, and is relatively simple and sleek. I have a Calatrava. To my mind, it is hard to find a more elegant watch at any price. Worth every penny as far as I'm concerned. A beautiful amalgam of classic design, engineering, and traditional craftsmanship. I wish that more things in this world were made with such quality and attention to detail.