PATEK PHILIPPE : Calatrava adpots Californian colors

Calatrava Haute Joaillerie reference 4899/900

CASE : 18K white gold set with 149 diamonds (1.10ct) and 182 pink sapphires (1.93ct), crown set with 36 diamonds and a cabochoncut sapphire (0.15ct), sapphire back, waterresistant to 30m


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Caliber 240, 48h power reserve), 159 components, 22K gold mini-rotor, hand-finishing

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes

DIAL : hand-engraved natural mother-of-pearl on white gold, snowsetting composed of 89 diamonds (0.27ct) and 98 pink sapphires (0.23), handengraved gold hands

STRAP : hand-sewn alligator leather with wide scales, secured by an 18K white gold pin buckle set with 65 diamonds (0.23ct) and 82 pink sapphires (0.38ct)

Women’s tendency to wear slightly larger-diameter watches now enables them to enjoy mechanical gems previously reserved for their husbands. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ultra-thin (2.53mm) Caliber 240, whose 27.5mm diameter was already broader than that of standard ladies’ watches at the time of its launch, Patek Philippe has introduced an exceptional feminine timepiece in 2017 : the Calatrava Haute Joaillerie reference 4899. Delightfully joyful while distilling impressive watchmaking and jewelry-making expertise, this elegant self-winding watch bearing the ultra-exclusive Patek Philippe Seal features a magical festival of 702 precious stones (4.35cts), magnified by a variety of gemsetting techniques. Doubtless the most dazzling are the 182 pink sapphires adorning the gold case and the 89 sapphires in various shades of pink gracing the dial, together creating fascinatingly subtle contrasts with the hand-engraved mother-of-pearl feathers and the white diamonds. More discreetly yet just as playfully, the fairytale continues on the back, with a 22K gold mini-rotor cleverly integrated into the finely circular-grained movement adorned with Côtes de Genève. The most reliable investment of the winter ?

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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