Introduction

5738/50G
- Rare Handcrafts
Self-winding

Set of four Golden Ellipse wristwatches with dials in cloisonné enamel.

This limited edition, presenting the first Golden Ellipse watches with dials in Grand Feu cloisonné enamels, was inspired by the work of the Japanese artist Ohara Koson (1877–1945), renowned for his prints combining flowers and birds.

To reproduce these little pictures with their refined compositions, the enameler used, depending on the dial, from 40 to 50 cm of gold wire 0.05 mm in diameter, shaped by hand and fixed to the gold base plate. To conjure up the delicate shades of the plumage, branches, foliage and flowers he worked with a palette of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 29 to 39 colors, making subtle use of gradation. Each dial required from 15 to 20 firings at a temperature of approximately 830°C.

The white-gold case – whose harmonious proportions were inspired by the golden section – houses a caliber 240 ultra-thin self-winding movement. The baton-style hour and minute hands are also in white gold.

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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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