Since its establishment in 1839, Patek Philippe has always been committed to defending the superb craftsmanship of watchmaking arts, creating timepieces that bloom from the inside out, and shaping them into extremely fascinating and rare treasures. A good example of this is Patek Philippe’s new women’s watch, Twenty ~ 4® High Jewellery Watch Ref. 4909/110, which was launched at the Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Show 2014. In it, we can see that the strength of Patek Philippe jewelry craftsmen is comparable to the world’s top jewelry families. This exquisite craftsmanship is everywhere, whether it is innovative and bold design, extraordinary quality, carefully arranged gems, or the traditional bead setting, bead setting, gridless paving or complex and bold invisibility used to set these gems Mosaic process.
徜徉 Twenty ~ 4® High Jewelry Watch in the Ocean of Diamonds Ref. 4909/110, sharing 1937 diamonds and sapphire to decorate the dial, case, bracelet, and buckle, creating a poetic ‘aquatic life’ pattern. All gems are of the highest quality and are perfectly cut, including baguette diamonds with top Wesselton flawless white diamonds, and sapphire sparkling deep blue. The total weight of these stones is about 43.73 carats, which was carefully conceived by the creative department of Pattaya, and then created by its jewellery craftsmen in accordance with a long tradition of craftsmanship. Sapphire fish of all sizes swim freely in the ocean of diamonds.
The slightly curved 18K white gold case flanks the bracelet and the bracelet sparkles with brilliant diamonds. The diamonds on the case are arranged in a delicate fan pattern, and each diamond must be cut into a corresponding shape according to its position. The baguette diamonds on the front of the bracelet and on the dial are invisible. This process is considered to be the most difficult setting technique, and it is also the most risky setting method for gem setting masters. To ensure that all diamonds are perfectly side-by-side and do not flash the platinum luster of the parts or case and bracelet used for setting, the gem setter must grind a narrow groove in the bottom facet of each baguette. Each groove corresponds to the slender gold buckle on the surface of the bracelet and case, which is used to hold and fix the gemstone. The position of these clasps for fixing the gemstones must exactly match the fine grooves of the diamond, not only between centimeters, so as to ensure that the gemstones that are set are perfectly adjacent to each other and tightly connected. Then, the blue fish made of deep blue sapphire is embedded in this diamond ocean. The smaller fish is made from a single oval-cut sapphire and is set with a rose gold base. The larger fish is composed of multiple brightly-cut sapphires and fixed with a rose gold bead setting process, depicting the outline and scales of the fish. Because the high-quality white diamonds are inlaid under the sapphire, the sparkle of the diamond can be seen through the blue fish body, highlighting its bright and rich colors. In addition, the 855 small brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 1.7 carats) set on the bracelet links also shine brightly.
The well-trimmed 16-250 movement is a manually wound mechanical movement that displays its charm with the help of a sapphire crystal caseback. The edges of the two plywood and the balance plywood are rounded and polished. Its surface is decorated with Geneva stripes. Bright red gem bearings bring beautiful colors to the movement, while the balance, sun gear and engraving on the splint exude a golden luster. Of course, the most important thing is that this is a mechanical movement built according to the highest watchmaking standards, highlighting its powerful features: the balance wheel vibrates at 28,000 half pendulums (4 Hz) per hour, The half pendulum is transmitted to the escape wheel, and then the pulse of each swing is transmitted to the third gear via the fourth gear, and then transmitted to the sun gear and hour gear driving the minute and hour hands in turn. Two Patton hands and 18K rose gold three-dimensional Roman numerals (XII and VI) at 12 and 6 o’clock are also typical design features of this Patek Philippe iconic Twenty ~ 4® women’s watch series.
‘Rare Craftsmanship’ and Patek Philippe
175 years ago, when Mr. Patek founded Patek Philippe, he set a clear goal: ‘Make the most exquisite top-quality timepieces in the world.’ This creed clearly defines the timepiece, and the real-time watch is the combination of its internal mechanical life and external image. This vision has not changed so far and has been recorded in the norms of the Patek Philippe Seal. Therefore, Patek Philippe has never restricted itself to watchmaking since its creation. Numerous extremely professional processes that can enhance the beauty of the movement and the case are also the focus of our attention. These include techniques such as enamel painting, filigree enamel, infill enamel, relief and line engraving, carving patterns, and jeweller and gem setting. In the 20th century, as the public’s demand for beautifully decorated timepieces diminished, the group of artisans with extraordinary skills gradually decreased. Only Patek Philippe insisted on inviting these artisans to continue working for the brand. Even if the final work is unappreciated and can only be included in the private collection of the Stein family who controls the company, Patek Philippe has never given up these rare crafts. Today, some of these works are exhibited in the Patek Philippe Museum and are highly praised. They are of great value, even if they are worthless. But perhaps the most noteworthy is that thanks to the unremitting efforts of Patek Philippe, these lasting master craftsmen were able to pass on their skills and experience to the younger generation, leaving their precious craftsmanship knowledge for today and tomorrow. These rare craftsmanship represents a cultural heritage, without which the Swiss watchmaking industry would never have been possible today.
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Twenty ~ 4® High Jewellery Watch Ref. 4909/110, small model, 18K white gold
Movement: Caliber 16-250
Manually wound mechanical movement
Movement diameter: 16.3 mm
Movement thickness: 2.5 mm
Number of parts: 101
Number of jewels: 18
Power reserve: at least 38 hours
Oscillating weight: smooth edges
Frequency: 28,800 pendulums per hour (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat hairspring
Hairspring outer bolt: adjustable
Crown function: Two-position crown
– Pull out: Set time
– Home position: Can be wound
Display: Center hour and minute hands
Quality Imprint: Patek Philippe Imprint
Case: 18K white gold
Sapphire crystal case back
Water resistance up to 30 meters
Case dimensions: Length (from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock): 27.80 mm
Width (3 to 9 o’clock): 24 mm
Overall thickness: 7.50 mm
Thickness (mirror to case back): 7.20 mm
Lug pitch: 13 mm
Dial: 18K white gold and diamonds
18K Rose Gold Barton Hour and Minute Hands
Two 18K rose gold Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock
Gems: 1937 flawless top Wesselton baguette diamonds and sapphires, weighing approximately 43.73 carats
Case: Set with 46 flawless top Wesselton baguette diamonds, weighing approximately 3.97 carats
Dial: Invisible setting of 41 flawless top Wesselton baguette diamonds, weighing approximately 1.97 carats; set with 2 oval sapphires, weighing approximately 0.07 carats; and beads set with 32 sapphires, weighing approximately 0.12 carat
Bracelet: set with 694 flawless top Wesselton baguette diamonds, weighing approximately 30.81 carats;
855 brilliant-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 1.7 carats; 31 oval sapphires, weighing approximately 3.48 carats; and beaded 236 sapphires, weighing approximately 1.63 carats
The above is the 2014 Basel watch related information carefully prepared by the staff in front of the Watch House. In the future, we will continue to provide more and more intuitive exhibition reports for everyone, please pay attention to it.
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