If you are a British GQ reader, you may have noticed something shiny on the wrist of cover boy Ed Sheeran for their March 2017 issue – a Patek Philippe reference 5524G Calatrava Pilot. And not just any reference 5524G, but Sheeran’s own 5524G. While this watch received mixed reviews when it was released at Baselworld in 2015, it has clearly made its way onto some wrists.
Based on two of Patek’s early 1930s hour-angle watches, the 42mm white gold Patek Philippe 5524G Pilot watch made quite a splash when it was launched. With its unusual textured blue dial (unlike the more traditional black used in Pilot’s watches) and oversized SuperLuminova Arabic numerals with white gold surrounds, this was one of the more casual watches that Patek Philippe had released since the Nautilus. It features a functional Patek Philippe caliber CH 324 S C FUS, which is a travel-time movement with adjustable GMT-Hand. At the time, the movement was incredibly impressive, with Spiromax spring and Silinvar (Patek’s silicon) Gyromax. Additionally, the 5524G was a big push for Patek Philippe at the time and the watch received mixed reviews from readers and buyers alike; you can read more opinions on this watch in our Letters to the Editor.
But what is most impressive is that Ed Sheeran owns one! Sheeran is an avid watch collector with an impressive collection, including a Patek Philippe Nautilus Annual Calendar reference 5726A, Rolex Paul Newman reference 6239, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Volcano," and Richard Mille RM030. It is cool to see the Patek Pilot’s watch in the wild and on the cover of such a mainstream publication. Very cool, indeed.
The Patek Philippe reference 5524G Calatrava Pilot retails for $47,300. You can read more about Ed Sheeran in British GQ online.