Last year Patek Philippe showcased its most complicated wristwatch, Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 6002G. This year the brand has unveiled its best example of haute joaillerie. Teeming with 1937 diamonds and sapphires on the dial, case, bracelet and clasp, Twenty~4® Haute Joaillerie Ref. 4909/110 with its poetic “Aquatic Life” motif is fast swimming to the top of ‘the most stunning watches ever’ list!
With its debut at this year’s BaselWorld, the ladies’ watch displayed a gleaming spectacle of flawless and immaculately cut baguette diamonds in Top Wesselton white and intensely blue sapphires. With a total weight of approximately 43.73 ct., the two form magnificent blue fishes in an ocean of diamonds. It really is true when they say, the gems “form a marine still life that was composed in Patek Philippe’s design department”.
Implemented in the manufacture’s ateliers, the aquatic beauty of the design obviously has more to it than venerable tradition. Arranged in an 18K white gold case and bracelet in a fan-shaped pattern, each diamond is cut to a shape corresponding to its exact location. In fact, the baguette diamonds on the upper side of the bracelet and on the dial are invisibly set, a feat which is not only one of the most challenging but also one of the most risk-fraught way to set gems.
Consider this. In order for the stones to seamlessly join side-by-side such that neither parts of the setting nor the white gold of the case and bracelet can shine through between them, a lot of precision needs to come into play besides mechanical excellence. The result of which is seen or rather, not seen, given countless clips and the delicate grooves in the diamonds correspond to fractions of a millimeter to assure that in the end, the set stones are perfectly adjacent to one another.
The blue sapphire fishes are then applied to this sea of diamonds. The dazzling duo is complimented by a manually wound mechanical movement. With a minimum power reserve of 38 hours, the lavishly finished caliber 16-250 glistens through the case back. The two bridges and the balance cock feature round-chamfered and polished edges, with surfaces boasting Geneva striping. It is quite the spectacle with red bearing jewels and engravings on the bridges.
But mostly, it is a mechanical movement crafted to the finest watchmaking standards, supported by the two baton-style hands. The applied Roman numerals at XII and IV in 18K rose gold are typical design features of Patek Philippe’s iconic Twenty~4® ladies’ watch collection. To conclude, this use of icons combined with fishes or the 31 closed-set navette-cut sapphires and 236 bead-set sapphires is like wearable poem.
[Via – Watchprosite]