Ever since its launch in 2012, the Patek Philippe “Diamond Ribbon” has been delighting women by its distinctive adornment of diamonds spiraling around the case – like the ribbons that skilled gymnasts twirl above their heads.
Its refined charm is equally potent in white gold or rose gold, with a dial in either black or white mother-of-pearl engraved with a spiral decoration. A Joaillerie model in rose gold made its debut in 2016, its entire dial ablaze with diamonds.
The manufacture is now reinterpreting this Patek Philippe Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie model in a new white-gold version with a slightly larger diameter, increased from 33.3 mm to 36.5 mm. As a result, this vortex of precious stones gains even more impact.
The 18K gold dial is adorned with spiraling circles of diamonds of graduated size, echoing the movement of those on the bezel and case and adding their own dynamic note.
Blued white gold leaf-shaped hands and twelve blued white-gold Arabic numerals ensure great legibility on the paved diamond background. The feminine elegance follows through to the diamond-set lugs and a blue, hand-stitched alligator strap with large square scales secured by a diamond-set prong buckle.
In compliance with the criteria of the Patek Philippe Seal, the 770 diamonds (4.4 ct) gracing this jewelry watch are all of Top Wesselton Pure quality and impeccable cut and are set according to the highest principles of the gem-setter’s art.
Beneath this radiant exterior beats the caliber 240 ultra-thin self-winding movement that enabled the watch to achieve its slim, elegant profile. The movement’s architecture and lavish attention to finish (such as the Geneva stripes adorning its bridges and 22K off-center minirotor) may be admired through the sapphire crystal back.
The new Patek Philippe Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie Ref. 4978/400G- 001 in white gold replaces the previous Ref. 4968/400R-001 in rose gold.
Model: Patek Philippe Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie, Ref. 4978/400G-001, White-Gold Version
Fully set with diamonds, blued gold applied numerals
18K gold dial plate
Blued white gold leaf-shaped hands
Diameter: 36.5 mm
Height: 8.23 mm
Water-resistant to 30 m
Sapphire crystal case back
679 diamonds of graduated size forming a spiral: ~3.99 ct. (case and dial)
48 diamonds: ~0.17 ct. (lugs)
16 diamonds: ~0.03 ct. (crown)
27 diamonds: ~0.21 ct. (buckle)
Total 770 diamonds: ~4.4 ct
Diameter: 27.5 mm
Height: 2.53 mm
Number of parts: 161
Winding rotor: off-center minirotor in 22K gold
Frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations/hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 48 hours
Alligator leather with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny dusk blue
Diamond-set prong buckle
4968/400R-001(2016): Discontinued in 2019