Collection text Villeret
10 Aug 2017
PATEK PHILIPPE BASELWORLD 2017
Patek Philippe Baselworld 2017 Collection
Patek Philippe Baselworld 2017 collection – 2017 is another year of celebration with the launch of Patek Philippe’s two anniversary collections. This year the Aquanaut collection is celebrating its 20th birthday with an anniversary model and an ultra-thin self-winding caliber 240 movement showcasing its many facets.
The manufacture is presenting the Aquanaut Ref. 5168G in 18K white gold with a diameter of 42mm – a new ‘Jumbo’ size under Patek Philippe’s sports chic category. The second debut is the Aquanaut Ref. 5650 “Patek Philippe Advanced Research” in white gold comes with a limited edition of 500 watches endowed with the latest technical advances.
Introduced in 1977, the ultra-thin self-winding Caliber 240 movement has established itself as one of the mainstays of Patek Philippe’s success. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this caliber, the manufacture is presenting several debuts that showcase its versatility.
The new Calatrava “Squelette” (Ref. 51800/1R) comes in a 18K rose gold 5N to shed new light on the self-winding caliber 240. The timepiece shows an open-work structure engraved by hand with volutes and arabesques.
The Calatrava (Ref. 6006G) illustrates another facet of the caliber 240. The subsidiary seconds is set in an unusual position between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The Calatrava Haute Joaillerie (Ref. 4899) boasts an ultrathin self-winding caliber 240 movement in the creation of elegant timepieces. It is a very feminine companion in white gold with mother of pearl, a full complement of flawless rare white Top Wesselton diamonds and rose sapphires.
The Calatrava “Azulejos” (Ref. 5089G) is the first model with enamel dials portraying “azulejos” motifs. The caliber 240 ticks beneath these precious dials that are decorated by hand with miniature azulejos paintings.
The new Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 5320G ) shows the same face that has been Patek Philippe’s archetype for perpetual calendars since 1941. The dual day/month aperture at 12 o’clock, a subdial for the analog date and the moon phases at 6 o’clock, now completed with the small round windows for day/night and the leap-year cycle. The white-gold case echoes design elements from legendary 1950s watches. It accommodates a self-winding caliber 324 S Q movement with a new calendar cadrature and a sweep seconds hand.