- Rare Handcrafts

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the legendary Golden Ellipse (1968) Patek Philippe pays tribute to the rare handcrafts in a limited edition of one hundred sets comprising a platinum timepiece and matching cuff links.

The stunning dial is faced with a black Grand Feu enamel layer that reveals the volute patterns hand-engraved in the 18K gold dial plate.

Its decoratively interlacing volute pattern perfectly matches the unmistakably bold form of the Golden Ellipse – half rectangle, half circle – emphasizing the width-to-length ratio of the famous golden section, the rule that underpins some of mankind’s greatest architectural and artistic works.

The solid platinum back is engraved with the commemorative inscription “Ellipse d’Or 1968–2018”.

A black onyx cabochon decorates the crown.

White-gold cuff links repeat the Golden Ellipse design and the decor of black enamel and hand-engraved volute pattern.




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.

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Rare Handcrafts

For decades, Patek Philippe has been helping to preserve age-old decorative skills by regularly commissioning pieces from artists who are either independent, creating in their own studios, or who are based in the company’s Geneva workshop and dedicated to rare handcrafts. How does Patek Philippe ensure that these skills continue to flourish?

Press release

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse

To celebrate the fiftieth birthday of its enigmatic Golden Ellipse, Patek Philippe enlisted the help of several of its rare handcrafts specialists to create a limited edition series of 100 anniversary sets, each consisting of a platinum watch and matching cuff links. The manufacture also extended its regular collection by a new grand-taille model in rose gold with a black dial. This is a truly fitting homage to a sleek, expressive, and essential design concept.

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