- Rare Handcrafts

Set of two Calatrava wristwatches with dials in cloisonné enamel.

Symbolizing elegance, grace and refinement, orchids take naturally to the dials of this limited edition in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

To create the contours of this intricate composition, with its stems, petals and pistils, the enameler used more than 60 cm of gold wire (~0.30 g) measuring 0.07 x 0.4 mm in cross-section, which he worked into shape by hand and fixed to the gold base plate. He then filled the cells created by the gold partitions with opaque powdered enamels in some twenty colors, chosen to bring out all the nuances and radiance of the flowers. Each dial required from 13 to 15 firings at a temperature of approximately 800°C.

The bezel and lugs are set with 112 brilliant-cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds (~0.8 ct) and the prong 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.




Patek Philippe Caliber 240 - Front
Front Back


Diameter: 27.5 mm. Height: 2.53 mm. Parts: 161. Bridges: 6. Jewels: 27. Power reserve: Min. 48 hours. 22K gold off-center mini-rotor. Balance: Gyromax®. Vibrations/hour: 21 600 (3 Hz). Balance spring: Spiromax®. Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal. Patent: CH 595 653.

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Rare Handcrafts
The gemsetter

Where watchmaking meets haute joaillerie, gemsetting is a delicate art that requires nerves of steel

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