In a Rare Handcrafts 2021/2022 exhibition by Patek Philippe that debuted at its Genevan home earlier this year, six exclusive models were put on show, featuring exquisite decorations that were achieved from hand engravings to the artistic techniques of enamelling. Everyone knows that the beauty of a Patek Philippe timepiece is more than just skin deep.
A Patek Philippe timepiece has, and always will be, an object of beauty and talent, both of which have been well demonstrated when it comes to technical and aesthetic prowess.
Of the six models, it also featured beautiful gem-set pieces, among which included the Ref. 7118/1450G Nautilus Haute Joaillerie.
Set in a full 18K white gold case with a matching bracelet, over 2,500 brilliant white diamonds complete the grandeur of this Haute Joaillerie Ladies’ Nautilus. The placement of snowset diamonds — on the bezel, case, and bracelet — result in a radiating allure in a well-loved model.
While it remains that the execution of such an artistic craft is no easy feat, the manufacture is no stranger to elaborate diamante timepieces. Patek Philippe first executed this in the Ref. 7118/1450R-001 in rose gold, when they introduced the expansion of the Nautilus family at this year’s Watches & Wonders.
In this white gold version, blackened gold applied hour markers and matching hands lend contrast against the dazzling dial. 286 diamonds are arranged in a subtle wave pattern, creating a minute area of uniformity.
Anyone else would have been hard pressed to replicate the creation, but the Swiss manufacture has demonstrated through historic practice that it harbours cultivated techniques in all aspects of watchmaking, and refined aesthetics don’t demand any less.
Form meets function when it comes to the Golden Ellipse, a timepiece that embodies The Golden Ratio to a T. The oblong case with its barely-there tapered ends fulfils the proportions for a beautiful watch face.
The Ref. 5738/51G-001 Golden Ellipse Haut Artisanat joins the current collection (with previous iterations in platinum with a blue sun-burst dial and another in rose gold with an ebony black sun-burst dial), in white gold with a dial in champlevé enamel and manual engraving.
Up close, the intricacies of the floral motif are, for lack of a better word, perfect, where the depths and grooves engraved across the watch face produce nothing less than symmetry. The addition of black grand feu enamel brings these vivid details to life by adding contrast to the canvas.
Visit Emperor Watch & Jewellery at Hilton Hotel to explore the rest of the bejewelled creations by Patek Philippe.
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