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Calatrava wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial.

A leopard (also called a panther) in the African savannah at sunset inspired the dial of this limited edition in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

To shape the outlines of the animal and the trees, depicted in silhouette against the fiery sky, the enameler used 32 cm of gold wire measuring 0.1 x 0.4 mm in cross-section. Capturing the magic of this moment required transparent and opaque enamels in 10 colors. Each dial called for about 10 firings at a temperature of approximately 820ºC.

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.




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.

Savoir faire

Rare Handcrafts
The enameler

From the seventeenth century onwards, enamelers’ skills were much in demand to adorn watchcases and decorate dials. Today, it’s an endangered craft – but not at Patek Philippe.

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