- Rare Handcrafts

Calatrava wristwatch with dial in cloisonné enamel.

This limited edition with a dial in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel gives center stage to an African savannah elephant, one of the largest living terrestrial animals and now an endangered species. It is depicted in a landscape at sunset.

To create the contours of the animal, presented in silhouette, with its characteristically large ears and elongated tusks and the parasol- shaped outline of a gum acacia, the enameler used 38 cm of gold wire (0.45 g) measuring 0.1 x 0.4 mm in cross-section. The fiery glow of the sky and the first shadows of night were conjured up by a palette of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 13 colors – with the subtle variations that make each of these little pictures a unique work of art. Each dial required 10 firings at a temperature of approximately 820°C.

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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