Each year, the legendary Swiss watch brand Patek Philippe creates a host of unique watches that showcase the incredible expertise and prowess of the brand in some of the most difficult and diverse arts – always combined with fine watchmaking of the highest quality, of course. From today in its historic headquarters on rue du Rhône in Geneva and for 10 days until June 26, 2021, Patek Philippe opens its doors to the public to visit and admire more than 75 rare handcrafted watches and clocks of its collection. This Rare Handcrafts 2020-2021 exhibition is the largest collection of such masterpieces to date.
The collection includes 70 carefully selected handcrafted pieces from its 2020 releases, as well as six new editions created this year. Some are unique pieces, others are limited editions. In 2020, Patek Philippe had planned to release a particularly extensive collection of watches and clocks to showcase its craftsmanship. The watches were already in production, but the pandemic limited the ability to present them correctly. Now, the Rare Handcrafts exhibition puts them in the foreground, with the final editions of 2021.
The artistic processes performed on these watches and clocks range from the fine and difficult art of engraving to cloisonné grand feu enamel (where gold threads are used to separate the colors of the enamel and add to the depth and drama), miniature painting, marquetry, setting, guilloche and more. Many of these crafts are centuries old and have been passed down from generation to generation, and Patek Philippe is keen to preserve the arts.
Often in its special pieces, the brand combines multiple arts, and sometimes turns to crafts inspired by other eras and countries, such as French Limoges enamel painting (using transparent enamel in repeated layers), enamel embossed and Longwy enamel with black edges. The brand is also constantly on the lookout for new and innovative techniques, such as micro-marquetry with wood and other materials.
Six new rare handcrafted Patek Philippe watches
Among the new watches presented for the first time at the exhibition: the Ref. 6002R-001 Sky Moon Tourbillon Haut Artisanat hand-engraved rose gold case with a brown dial in champlevé grand feu enamel and cloisonné. The double-sided watch is inspired by Ref. The brand’s 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon first came out in 2001 and it was their second most complicated wristwatch. More than 100 hours of know-how have been devoted to the manufacture of the manually engraved and enamelled watch. The timepiece offers 12 complications, including minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar and moon phase indications.
The Ref. Another novelty is the 5304 / 301R-001 minute repeater with retrograde perpetual calendar. It features a transparent sapphire crystal dial (inspired by a previous model from 2006) and an ingenious new system of transparent discs to display the day, month and leap year to allow a full view of the movement. mechanical inside. The manufacture of this self-winding caliber, and more succinctly, the placement of the crystal discs with steel axles, forced Patek Philippe to develop an exclusive assembly process, now patented. The watch is crafted from 18k rose gold and set with 80 flawless Top Wesselton baguette diamonds weighing over 6 carats.
Another perpetual calendar watch, this one associated with a minute repeater, Ref. The 5374G-001 delivers sound via two cathedral gongs and features a stunning grand feu blue enamel dial with a shiny finish. This watch replaces the previous Ref. 5374P-001 which was crafted in platinum with a black enamel dial.
Because Patek Philippe is a master of minute repeater watches (company boss Thierry Stern personally listens to each of the repeats made in the workshops before giving his approval), the brand is also unveiling a new minute repeater for women. Ref. The 7040 / 250G-001 features a flinqué grand feu blue enamel dial and a bezel set with Flamme® diamonds with 168 flawless Top Wesselton diamonds. It replaces the previous version in rose gold with a cream-colored dial and is powered by the self-winding R 27 S caliber with a 22-carat gold mini rotor.
There is also a new Golden Ellipse Haute Crafts watch, Ref. 5738 / 51G-001, which is crafted in white gold with a champlevé enamel dial and manual engraving. The Golden Ellipse watch is special because of its oval shape (cushion corner). The new version combines two very difficult arts to achieve its engraved and enamelled floral motif. It is powered by the ultra-thin caliber 240 self-winding movement.
Never ignoring his beloved Nautilus, Patek Philippe unveils the Ref. 7118 / 1454G Nautilus Haute Joaillerie watch in white gold entirely set with a snow setting that uses diamonds of different sizes, apparently placed at random. The magnificent watch showcases the brand’s prowess in setting and features 2,553 flawless Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds on its case, bezel and bracelet. In total, it weighs over 12 carats. The watch is powered by the self-winding caliber 324 S movement.
As mentioned, in addition to these new pieces, over 70 other watches and clocks are on display. The event “Rare Crafts 2020-2021” takes place in the Patek Philippe salons in Geneva, rue du Rhône 41. It is open every day (except Sunday) from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm from June 16 to 26, 2021. Due to restrictions related to the pandemic, visitors are asked to register in advance.