Rare handcrafts showcased at the Patek Philippe Salons in Geneva

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From April 19 to 21, at its Salons on Rue du Rhône, Patek Philippe is showcasing its entire collection of the rare handcrafts timepieces that premiered at Baselworld 2018. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover all the exceptionally inspiring dome table clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches before they continue their journey to private collections all over the world.
With fifty one-of-a-kind pieces as well as limited editions, the Patek Philippe rare handcrafts collection 2018 pays tribute to a wide range of ancestral skills. Manual engraving is the oldest decorative art form associated with watchmaking. Grand Feu enamel embraces different techniques: Cloisonné, paillonné, grisaille, enamel relief (Fauré enamel), Longwy enamel on ceramics with black-framed decorations, and the highly complex art of miniature painting on enamel, a venerable Genevan tradition.
The exhibition also devotes considerable exposure to wood micromarquetry, a discipline that Patek Philippe has been promoting for several years now. The Genevan brand celebrates this exclusive technique for adorning wristwatch dials or the backs of pocket watches at the highest level of artistry. Mixed-technique pieces are also on display. They unite several artisanal skills with great virtuosity.
Numerous masterpieces reflecting contemporary inspirations combined with centuries-old know-how can be admired now at the Patek Philippe Salons in Geneva. The exclusive exhibition is open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm.

Lac d’Emosson” 5089G-060 Calatrava wristwatch with dial in wood marquetry
This limited edition of two Calatrava wristwatches celebrates the majesty and beauty of the Alpine landscape that –together with watchmaking –has made Switzerland famous.
Patek Philippe chose for the purpose the highly refined technique of micromarquetry in wood: tiny pieces of veneer are cut out and assembled by the marquetry-maker before being fixed to a gold plate. Reference 5089G-059, with its “Roped Alpinists” climbing the snowy slopes, comprises 262 pieces (including 40 inlays) from 27 species of wood of different textures, veining and colors. Reference 5089G-060 and its “Lac d’Emosson”, after a painting by the French geologist and Alpine specialist Jacques Debelmas, contains 195 pieces (including 40 inlays) from 22 species of wood.
The white-gold case is endowed with a sapphire-crystal back protected by a hinged dust cover, affording a private view of the caliber 240 ultra-thin self-winding movement. Limited edition

“Birds and Clouds” 5077/101G-010 Set of three Calatrava wristwatches, dials decorated with hand-executed guilloché work and gold applied ornaments
The decorations on this limited series combine hand-guilloched patterns and gold handcrafted applied ornaments to create a play of light on dials that are true pictures in relief.
Criss-crossing guilloched waves under green lacquer for the “Four-Leaf Clover” model; a guilloché sunburst radiating from 6 o’clock under blue lacquer for the “Birds and Clouds” model; and vertical guilloched waves under pink lacquer for the “Floral Scrolls” model. A hand-engraved heart, feather or arabesque motif adorns the white- or rose-gold Dauphine hands. Twelve diamonds (~0.06 ct) set in white- or rose-gold chatons form the hour circle. The bezel and lugs are set with 113 brilliant-cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds (~0.8 ct) and the buckle sparkles with
29 diamonds (~0.22 ct).
Housed in a white-gold or rose-gold case, the caliber 240 ultra-thin self-winding movement may be admired through the sapphire-crystal back. Limited edition

“Cinque Terre”5077/100R-034 Set of three Calatrava wristwatches with dials in cloisonné enamel enriched with miniature painting on enamel over hand-executed guilloché work
“Ponte Vecchio” in Florence, “Tuscany” and “Cinque Terre” near Genoa: this limited edition pays tribute to three of Italy’s most famous sites.
First, the gold dial was adorned with delicate hand-guilloched patterns. The enameler then shaped the outlines of the Grand Feu cloisonné enamel decoration, using from 48 to 62 cm of gold wire measuring 0.1 mm x 0.4 mm in cross-section, before bringing it to life with opaque, transparent and opalescent enamels in from 30 to 33 colors. In areas such as the water and the fields, the guilloched decoration shines through the color, a style of enameling known as flinqué. Details were refined with miniature painting on enamel. Each dial required between 10 and 22 firings at temperatures ranging from 800°C to 820°C. The bezel and lugs are set with 113 brilliant-cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds (~0.8 ct) and the buckle sparkles with 29 diamonds (~0.22 ct).
Housed in a white-gold or rose-gold case, the caliber 240 ultra-thin self-winding movement may be admired through the sapphire-crystal back. Limited edition.


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