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A few words about the Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296 Limited Edition Hausmann

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The Patek Philippe boutique in Rome has quickly become one of the most popular locations on Via Condotti since its opening in 2019. Located on the former site of the Hausmann multi-brand boutique, it is of course managed by the retailer's team. The reception on the ground floor gives access to the lift to the seventh heaven... in fact the first floor, which includes the shop windows, the points of sale and the watchmaker's workshop.  2019 was not just any year. It was also the 225th anniversary of Hausmann's presence in the Italian capital. To celebrate this anniversary and the opening of the boutique, Patek Philippe presented a limited series of the Calatrava 5296 available in 50 pieces per material (white gold or rose gold).

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The choice of the Calatrava 5296 as the starting point for this limited series is not surprising. A few years ago, it was one of the basic models in the Calatrava collection and, with its 38mm diameter, offered a simple and elegant context, well in the spirit of the Eternal City. Moreover, this watch had already lent itself to the exercise of the dial transformation since a version that I would qualify as traditional with baton indexes and Dauphine hands cohabited with a version with a sector dial crossed by leaf hands (aiguilles "feuille"). Note that the reference 5296 is no longer in the catalogue, replaced from now on by the reference 5227 with a slightly larger diameter (39mm).

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The 5296 Haussman limited series thus takes up this known framework: the case with a diameter of 38mm, a thickness of 8,5mm, the date at 3 o'clock and the well-known automatic movement 324 with central second having a frequency of 4hz for a power reserve of 45 hours.


The specificity of the limited series lies in 5 points:

  • the presence of a Roman numeral XII applied to the top of the dial
  • the sunray finish of the dial (blue for the white gold version, slate for the pink gold version)
  • the use of a folding clasp
  • the inscription Hausmann & Co 1794 - 2019 on the see-through caseback
  • the provision of a superb certificate

The two versions have different atmospheres. The white gold version, because of its blue dial, seems to me more versatile. It is elegant but can also be worn in a casual context. The rose gold version is more refined in my opinion and the Roman numerals seem more appropriate in this context. In any case, the rendering of the slate dial is magnificent and goes perfectly with the case. The result is also convincing with the white gold version but less spectacular. Between these two versions, I thus preferred the pink gold version whose warmer side corresponds better to this nod to Rome.

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The 5296 Hausmann limited series is in any case a nice evolution of a very famous Patek Philippe model. The result remains very classic and without real surprise effect. It remains nevertheless attractive thanks to the old-fashioned charm that emerges. To tell the truth, I thought more about the Via Veneto and the stars of the golden age of Cinecitta while observing the two versions than about the contemporary fervour of the Via Condotti. The Roman numerals accentuate this sensation and I come to regret that Patek Philippe did not choose the option to remove the date window which would have allowed to go to the end of the concept. Also I would have preferred an officer's back rather than the inscription on the glass.

The rose gold version is my favourite:

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In any case, the 5296 Hausmann gives the possibility to still enjoy this old Calatrava reference and to access a limited series from Patek Philippe which is a great asset. But for those who are interested, then you have to be quick as there are hardly any pieces left available.

The superb certificate:

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The selling price for each version is set at 36,000 euros including VAT.

Fr.Xavier

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amanico August 29th, 2021-11:14
The Roman 12 is weird on this dial... 
VinnieD August 29th, 2021-11:18
Agreed but acceptable for a commemorative edition For once, I prefer the coloured gold version
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amanico August 29th, 2021-11:24
Me too! 
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FabR August 29th, 2021-12:37
Some Roman numeral had to be on the dial for the Hausmann edition...and XII was a most natural choice ;-) 
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amanico August 29th, 2021-16:20
Yes, but still.... 
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FabR August 29th, 2021-16:40
So maybe a ‘III’ in lieu of the date…;-)) 
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amanico August 29th, 2021-16:49
In this case, they will have to use a 6 and a 9. 
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FabR August 29th, 2021-17:01
Yep, that is for sure👍Plus ref. 5296 does come with a date…nothing wrong to remove it for aesthetic purposes, but technically, I think the reference number would have been a new one at that point😉👍 
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amanico August 29th, 2021-17:05
Then, I would maybe hav a different judgement. But as it is, no go for me. 
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FabR August 29th, 2021-17:14
👍Totally fine, we don’t all like the same pieces👍🥂 In fact, the ones I LOVED the most here were the two pieces unique in enamel (featuring Piazza di Spagna e Castel Sant’Angelo), but alas, no way for me to receive one (they went to the Museum)😉Cheers.
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