May 1, 2014 is the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe. The brand will surely launch an amazing work to celebrate this historical moment, and the formal celebration will be held in the golden autumn season. However, at the just-concluded Basel Watch & Jewellery Show, the brand also launched a number of new products, including the unique ‘rare craftsmanship’ series, which made people who love and appreciate beautiful timepieces enchanted.
The four new timepieces introduced this time will be crowned with the ‘permanent and innovative watchmaking art’. This name carries the tradition that the brand has always adhered to, which is extremely appropriate: it means that Patek Philippe’s well-known watch series is in Continuous improvement, optimization and expansion. The new calendar chronograph is the brand’s first stainless steel style complication watch launched outside the casual and elegant Nautilus and Aquanaut series. Patek Philippe’s Nautilus series has added a new work, introducing a new traveller’s chronograph made of stainless steel, combining two favorite complications. Twenty ~ 4® Fine Jewellery Watch Ref. 4909 is included in the “Rare Craftsmanship” timepiece series, showing the extraordinary skills of Patek Philippe jewelry craftsmen. The Calatrava collection of fine jewellery watches Ref. 4895R features a black lacquered dial and is embellished with 162 flawless baguette diamonds. These are just four of Patek Philippe’s many new works launched at this exhibition. Their advance appearance makes all watch lovers look forward to the official debut of the 175th anniversary model.
Patek Philippe Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960 / 1A
Complexity and stainless steel: a rare combination of Patek Philippe
The new almanac chronograph Ref. 5960 / 1A is a rare stainless steel watch with complex functions. It has become a classic watch in addition to the casual and elegant Nautilus and Aquanaut series. . The watch highlights in many ways its features as an excellent timing tool, especially in its numerous details. This is the first time the brand has used a soft and sturdy raindrop-shaped ‘drop’ link for a stainless steel watch bracelet. Its dial design also reflects the outstanding features of the watch. Using a contrasting silver-grey background with black embossed hour markers, it creates a vivid three-dimensional effect and makes reading more clear. In addition, the clever design highlights include the red number ‘1’ on the first day of each month in the date window, and the red-painted chronograph seconds and cumulative chronograph minutes hands, which fully demonstrates that this is a timepiece with excellent measurement performance. The new Ref. 5960 / 1A watch (A stands for acier, stainless steel in French) can be said to surpass the various rose gold and platinum models that have made Patek Philippe’s annual calendar chronograph successively successful since its introduction in 2006.
Of course, their internals have never changed, and they are still equipped with the CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H self-winding chronograph movement, which includes a classic star wheel structure, a modern disc-shaped vertical clutch, and Spiromax made of Silinvar® high-tech materials. ® balance spring. This masterpiece in the field of micromechanics combines a superb Swiss watchmaking tradition with industry-leading innovations.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Traveller Chronograph Ref. 5990 / 1A
Stylish styling and new complications make this the best watch of this era
Patek Philippe’s debut at the Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Show adds a new addition to its Nautilus complication series, giving travellers the time function that indicates the time between the two places. The new watch not only combines the two major complex functions that are popular today, but also has other additional functions to facilitate daily life.
The Nautilus case has hinge-shaped protrusions on both sides. This very individual design neatly embodies two popular complications integrated into this watch: a chronograph button on the right and a crown shoulder, and On the side are two dual time zone adjustment buttons, each time the local time hour hand advances or moves back by one hour. Fluorescent solid hour hand indicates the local time of the current wearer of the watch, and the hollow-out hour hand records the home time. Both time zones have separate day / night displays. The redesigned black dial is decorated with the classic Nautilus horizontal embossed pattern, and its color tone shows a light to dark gradient effect from the inside to the outside. An analog date dial (indicating local time) is provided at 12 o’clock, and 60 at 6 o’clock Minute accumulation timer. Underneath the dial is a movement that makes you appreciate the heart: the CH 28-520 C FUS self-winding mechanical movement, which uses a heavy 21K gold central automatic disc, a star wheel timing control mechanism, a disc-shaped vertical clutch, And Gyromax® balance with Spiromax® patented hairspring. All are securely protected with a casual and elegant Nautilus stainless steel case and a sapphire crystal caseback, which is water resistant to 12 atmospheres.
Patek Philippe Twenty ~ 4® High Jewellery Watch Ref. 4909/110
‘Aquatic Life’ is extraordinary
The combination of fine timepieces and fine jewelry is rarely as perfect as the new Twenty ~ 4® Ref. 4909/110 watch in 18K white gold. The watch is embellished with no less than 1937 flawless top Wesselton diamonds and sapphire in turquoise color, weighing approximately 43.73 carats. These precious gems, under the ingenious inlays of Patek Philippe jewellery craftsmen, constitute a vivid ‘water creature’ pattern: sapphire fish of all sizes swim joyfully in the ocean of diamonds. Baguette diamonds are either encrusted or intricately invisible. The bezel-set and bead-set sapphire mounts, as well as the hands and Roman numerals, are set in rose gold, creating a warm contrast with the white gold case and bracelet and the delicate white diamonds. The 16-250 caliber is hidden in a sea of gold and precious stones. This hand-wound movement has been carefully polished to show its elegance and charm under the sapphire crystal display. The teeth of the stainless steel gear are ground and polished. The splint is decorated with a classic Geneva stripe pattern, and the edges are chamfered and polished. Gold carvings, bright red sapphire bearings, and the fascinating golden light of brass gears create this extraordinary work.
Patek Philippe Calatrava High Jewellery Watch Ref. 4895R
Everything I see is art
Calatrava was born in 1932, the ancestor of all classic Patek Philippe round watches, known for its elegant and subtle style. This classic and timeless beautiful shape provides the perfect stage for Patek Philippe to create this women’s high-end jewellery watch. It can not only show the charming fire of precious diamonds, but also not overwhelm the guests, and conceal the brilliance of the dial itself. Weakened its function as a timing instrument. The new Calatrava Fine Jewelry Watch Ref. 4895R is set with 162 flawless top Wesselton baguette diamonds, weighing approximately 5.62 carats, like a dazzling shawl for the dial. These gems are set side by side, up to five rows, and are embedded in the rose gold base with a setting process. Each diamond is individually cut to match the geometry of its location. Against the dark black dial, it is even more glamorous. The dial is individually lacquered 12 times, with polished sword-shaped hands and 18 arrow-shaped rose gold three-dimensional hour markers: glamorous and easy to read. This watch is equipped with the famous 215 manual winding mechanical movement, using the patented Gyromax® balance 65 years ago and the patented Spiromax® balance spring in 2005. It is a model that combines the tradition of excellence and the spirit of innovation. The sapphire crystal case reveals the exquisite beauty of the movement.