It wasn't until the year 2004 that Patek Philippe finally introduced a new reference true to the iconic Calatrava ref. 96. This pivotal successor, the reference 5196, has since become a modern icon within the manufacture's distinguished lineup.
This 5196G encompasses all the essential features: baton indexes, dauphine hands, a sub-seconds dial at 6 o'clock, elegantly tapered lugs, and a discreet crown without guards. Each aspect pays a heartfelt homage to the original design. Wisely, Patek chose to preserve the 31mm case for the history enthusiasts while elevating the 5196 with a contemporary 37mm frame, striking a balance that caters to modern preferences without venturing into the realm of trendy excess.