Calatrava wristwatch with dial in wood marquetry.
This Calatrava wristwatch, a limited edition, 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 before being fixed to a gold plate. To give this little mountain scene its detail and finesse, the marquetry-maker cut out and assembled 222 pieces of veneer (including 32 for the Alpinists alone) and 40 inlays, chosen from 27 woods of different textures, veining and colors such as holly, poplar, chestnut, pear and many species of maple and burl.
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.