In 2018, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Golden Ellipse collection, Patek Philippe presented a limited edition of 100 sets consisting of a platinum timepiece and matching cufflinks. Now, the Geneva manufacture is presenting a new artistic interpretation of this exceptional watch.
Released during the “Rare Handcrafts 2020-2021” exhibition, the Golden Ellipse Haut Artisanat features a polished white-gold case and subtly reworked dial decor details.
First, the dial plate in 18K gold is pieced to create the recesses that will be filled with black grand feu enamel (champlevé enamel). The zones that are raised are then manually engraved with vegetal or floral motifs. In this manner, Patek Philippe combines two of the most venerable working methods (hand engraving and enamel) used for decorating timepieces. The decor, with its volutes and arabesques ideally complements the inimitable case shape of the Golden Ellipse.
It features two very slender “cheveu”-style hands in white gold. The crown is topped with an onyx cabochon. The self-winding caliber 240 movement ticks beneath the artistically finished dial. It is powered by an off-center recessed minirotor in 22K gold; thanks to its ultra-thin design, it will fit a very elegant case (height: 6.58 mm).
The timeless design of the watch is emphasized by a hand-stitched shiny black alligator leather strap with square scales. Its prong buckle echoes the shape of the case.
The other existing timepieces in the current Golden Ellipse collection are the Ref. 5738P-001 in platinum with a blue sunburst dial and the Ref. 5738R-001 in rose gold with an ebony black sunburst dial.
Model: Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Haut Artisanat Watch, Ref. 5738/51G-001
Ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 27.5 mm
Height: 2.53 mm
Power reserve: Min. 48 hours
22K gold off-center mini-rotor
Vibrations/hour: 21 600 (3 Hz)
Balance spring: Spiromax®
Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal
Patent: CH 595 653
Hand-engraved and black enamelled
18K gold dial plate
Crown set with an onyx cabochon
Solid case back
Humidity- and dust-protected only (not water-resistant)
Dimensions: 34.5 x 39.5 mm
Height: 6.58 mm
Alligator leather with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny black
About Patek Philippe Rare Handcrafts 2020-2021 Collection
On the occasion of the “Rare Handcrafts 2020-2021” exhibition in June 2021, Patek Philippe launched six exceptional wristwatches featuring artistic decorations such as manual engraving, grand feu cloisonné enamel, grand feu champlevé enamel, grand feu flinqué enamel, manual guilloching and gemsetting.
Ref. 6002R-001 Sky Moon Tourbillon Haut Artisanat
Ref. 5304/301R-001 Minute Repeater with a retrograde perpetual calendar
Ref. 5374G-001 Minute Repeater with a perpetual calendar
Ref. 7040/250G-001 Rare Handcrafts Minute Repeater for ladies
Ref. 5738/51G-001 Golden Ellipse Haut Artisanat
Ref. 7118/1450G Nautilus Haute Joaillerie