- Rare Handcrafts

Ladies’ minute-repeater wristwatch with dial in cloisonné enamel over hand-executed guilloché work.

The first minute-repeater wristwatches for women to feature dials in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel, these haute horlogerie models decorated with rare handcrafts depict a bird pecking red berries.

First, the white or yellow gold dial plate was hand-guilloched with a fine panier or basket-weave pattern. Next, the enameler outlined the graceful picture of the bird with outspread wings and the branch, using 58 cm of gold wire (0.32 g) measuring 0.07 x 0.4 mm in crosssection. He then brought the scene to life with a palette of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 21 colors. Each dial required 10 firings at a temperature of approximately 750°C.

The white or rose gold Calatrava-style case houses the caliber R 27 self-winding movement with minute repeater striking on two gongs. Comprising 342 parts, the movement is visible through a sapphirecrystal case back. The watches also come with an interchangeable back in solid white gold or rose gold.



R 27

Patek Philippe Caliber R 27 - Front
Front Back

R 27

Minute repeater with classic gongs. Diameter: 28 mm. Height: 5.05 mm. Parts: 342. Bridges: 10. Jewels: 39. Power reserve: Min. 43 hours - max. 48 hours. 22K gold off-center mini-rotor. Balance: Gyromax®. Vibrations/hour: 21 600 (3 Hz). Balance spring: Spiromax®. Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal.

Savoir faire

Attention to details

Enameling, often used by Patek Philippe to decorate cases and dials, is one of the most high-risk of the rare handcrafts. The precarious fusing of powdered glass at ultra-high temperatures can produce heartbreaking disasters but, when successful, the result is luminous beauty, from designs in radiant, jewel-bright colors that will never dull, to lustrous, gently traditional looks.

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