Introduction

5177G
- Rare Handcrafts
Self-winding

Calatrava wristwatch with dial in cloisonné enamel enriched with miniature painting on enamel over hand-executed guilloché work.

This limited edition unites several time-honored decorative techniques, including Grand Feu cloisonné enamel, to celebrate a legendary Italian site: Cinque Terre on the Liguria coast.

First, the gold dial was adorned with delicate hand-guilloched patterns. The enameler then traced the outlines of the scene, using 48 cm of gold wire measuring 0.1 x 0.4 mm in cross-section, before bringing it to life with opaque, transparent and opalescent enamels in some 35 colors. In areas such as the water, the guilloched decoration shines through the color, a style of enameling known as flinqué. Details were refined slowly and meticulously using miniature painting on enamel. Each dial required between 10 and 22 firings at temperatures ranging from 800C° to 820°C. The bezel is adorned with Patek Philippe’s emblematic hand-guilloched hobnail pattern.

Housed in a white-gold case, the caliber 240 ultra-thin self-winding movement may be admired through the sapphire-crystal back.

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Caliber

240
Self-winding

Patek Philippe Caliber 240 - Front
Front Back

240
Self-winding

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’s techniques

The enameler uses one of four traditional techniques, or perhaps a combination; but rare is she – in the watchmaking world, most enamelers are women – who masters them all.

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