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Patek Philippe 4968 Diamond Ribbon Ladies Watch Hands-On By tofan | December 5, 2014 0 Comment

Back in 2012, Patek Philippe introduced the Diamond Ribbon Ref. 4968. That whimsical title bears reference to a watch inspired by the swirling silk ribbons used in rhythmic gymnastics: the ribbon in this particular case is interpreted as 273 diamonds, and what mqbxwiqg. patek philippe women's diamond watch arguably is the most interesting detail of them is the way they gradually increase in size as they encircle the mother-of-pearl dial. 2014’s edition is crafted from white gold and is presented on a leather strap.

Although it has been for a number of years now that we are seeing more elaborately crafted and designed high-end ladies’ watches, with a little research, we can discover interesting details in the history of women’s watches that go back much further in time. Therefore, before discussing this piece in greater detail, let us concentrate on a little snippet from Patek’s past – a company, whose history with these timepieces goes back a long way. Although Patek Philippe was founded in 1839, the company made one of its first major breakthroughs at “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations,” or the Great Exhibition of 1851. The notice came from Queen Victoria, who loved fine craftsmanship and whose husband, Albert, the Prince Consort, was a man of innovation who was driven to the idea of merging science and art to the manufacturing industry – so much so, that he initiated the First World Expo.

It was at this 1851 exhibition that Queen Victoria was visiting the booths of the numerous hopeful vendors (who all wished upon her good grace and financial support) and stumbled upon a key-wound Patek Philippe Watch, crafted in a pendant style. This moment, as the story goes, fused a relationship between Patek Philippe, Queen Victoria, and her consort Prince Albert.

Over 160 years have passed since then, and yet, Patek to this day avowedly strives to be amidst the top manufacturers when it comes to quality of execution. Having handled this watch – although my gaze is not as keen as that of the Queen – I do notice that, upon first look, every tiny component is finished with utmost attention to detail in mind. After all, the watch is powered by one of the finer hand wound movements in the world: the Calibre 215 PS LU (with “PS” standing for “petite seconde,” i.e., the seconds subdial, and “LU” for “phase de lune,” or moon phase), and the case is designed to be more unique than that of your average diamond-encrusted ladies’ watch.

The 18-jewel ultra-thin – a mere 3mm thick – manually wound Calibre 215 is one of Patek’s staples. Now, when I say staple, I do not mean the movement is ordinary or generic, but rather, I mean that the Calibre 215 requires no augmentation or revision at this point. The movement stands on its own baring a quiet confidence requiring no fanfare other than the paragon of its construction – an enduring trait found in all Patek Philippe’s timepieces, resulting in astronomical outcomes at auctions.

Despite the fact that we are looking at a refined ladies’ watch here, let us briefly mention the details of the movement within. The Calibre 215 is equipped with a Gyromax balance, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, ensuring an abiding, steadfast precision. The Gyromax balance is unique in that, instead of using a balance rim with threaded holes and screws, this system uses weights set down into the rim which can be rotated on their mounting pins in order to move the mass of the weight inward or outward. In addition, the extensive angling of plate and bridge edges enhance the movement’s aesthetics and eliminate debris during servicing. All 157 movement components are individually designed to ensure the precision, longevity, and reliability of the entire timepiece. The movement is capable of a power reserve ranging from 39 hours to 44 hours. The entire movement is visible via a sapphire crystal case back.

The moon-phase complication is set on the lower half of the dial beneath the small seconds display. This complication, although not exclusive to mechanical movements, certainly adds some sense of mechanical superiority – which is still quite a unique aspect in women’s watches. The general notion among watch manufacturers is that no matter how many diamonds are placed on a watch case, women prefer quartz watches (or rather, they do not care that much for mechanical watches), thus the majority of women’s watches are quartz. However, this notion is starting to give way to the idea that there is a market for more beautifully executed mechanical women’s watches.

I have seen over the past ten years more and more high-end watch companies like Patek Philippe adding collections of mechanical women’s watches. It still is very much a developing trend, but with it come mechanical women’s watches equipped with complications. Most of the complications are single mini complications, but more recently, highly complicated women’s watches like the Patek Philippe women’s Grand Complication Collection have become available. I for one love the moon phase complication, not so much for its functionality, but rather for its quality and the way it provides an elegant enhancement to the timepiece’s aesthetics. A depiction of the sky above: the moon’s monthly waxing and waning depicted on the wrist will likely never get old.

The Patek Philippe 4968 Diamond Ribbon comes in a 33.3 mm white gold case which was designed to be glamorous enough to be worn with an evening gown and subtle enough to be worn each and every day. This is a balance that I found to be more scarcely present among women’s watches than with men’s timepieces. The iridescent mother-of-pearl dial creates a rainbow of structural colors achieved by the natural configuration of the material. The key design element, however, still has to be the engraved spiral on the periphery of the case, highlighting the twirling ribbon effect on the bezel. The diamonds set into the swirls have to be of an almost constantly changing size to follow the widening of the swirls. It is a design element that is not only difficult to pick out on images, but also in person; from afar, it looks as though the Patek Philippe 4968 Diamond Ribbon had your standard one-tier diamond-set bezel, with the different levels becoming apparent only upon a closer look. Anyhow, it a very welcome design that adds that much-needed uniqueness to an otherwise more restrained piece.

Eleven Arabic numerals in black ruthenium were applied on the dial, ensuring an optimal level of readability. Ruthenium is a transition metal of extreme rarity and part of the platinum group on the periodic table. Ruthenium is tarnish and corrosion resistant, as well as highly resilient. The shiny hand-stitched taupe leather alligator strap is very comfortable on the wrist, while a prong buckle set with 32 diamonds fasten the strap and secure the timepiece to the wrist. As with most jewel encrusted watches, the watch is water resistant to 30 meters.

Clearly, a lot of thought went into the creation of the Patek Philippe 4968 Diamond Ribbon, and it shows. I especially enjoy the more joyful double-pattern of the diamonds, paired with the classical mother-of-pearl dial and large Arabic numerals. The icing on the cake surely is the hand-wound 215 caliber, which renders it a blue-blooded, very refined ladies’s watch. Price for the Patek Philippe 4968 Diamond Ribbon watch is $58,600 . patek.com

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This month we feature some very special chronograph references and some rare and beautiful ladies complications including; the 2013 release World Time Ref: 7130R , the 4968 in both white and rose gold and for the established collector – we feature the 6102P ‘Celestial’ .

 

“Eternal Gray” “Forever Black” “Timeless White” “Blue sunburst” 4910/10A Quartz movement, Caliber E15 Twenty~4® Medium Case set with 36 diamonds (~0.45 ct.) Diamond hour markers and gold applied Roman numerals Stainless steel, Case dimensions: 25 x 30 mm 4968R-001 & 4968G (below)

Released in 2012 this elegant ladies moon phase is referred to as the Diamond Ribbon® Moon Phase after the gentle helix of the diamond set bezel.

4968G-001

Technical data:    

Mechanical manually wound movement, Caliber 215 PS LU Moon phases, seconds subdial, Bezel and case set with 273 graduated size diamonds in a spiral (~2.12 ct) Dial: white mother-of-pearl dial, engraved spiral decoration, gold applied numerals Prong buckle set with 32 diamonds (~0.25 ct) Sapphire-crystal case back Rose gold, Case diameter: 33.3 mm

For pricing and availability please contact the J Farren-Price salon (02) 9231 3299

5227G ‘An officer and a gentleman’

For decades, the Calatrava – the prototype of the classic round wristwatch, including its Officer’s- style variations with dust covers over the case back – has ranked among the most iconic creations of Patek Philippe. Uniting the key characteristics of this watch family, the new Calatrava Ref. 5227 now features a display back protected with a separate dust cover.

The special twist: The entire hinge is on the inside of the cover, making it invisible even to the connoisseur .

Technical data:

Mechanical self-winding movement Date in an aperture, Sweep seconds hand Sapphire-crystal case back protected by an invisibly-hinged dust cover White gold, Case diameter: 39 mm

For pricing and availability please contact J Farren-Price (02) 9231 3299

5270G-001

Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5270: a new complicated wristwatch with a rich 70 year heritage of tradition and innovation.

Ref. 5270, which combines the functionality of a perpetual calendar with the new  classic chronograph caliber that is crafted entirely in house and had its global debut in 2009.

Technical data:

Mechanical manually wound movement, Caliber CH29-535 PS Q Chronograph and perpetual calendar Central chronograph hand and instantaneous 30-minute counter Day, month, leap year and day/night indication in apertures Date by hand, Moon phases, Seconds subdial Interchangeable full back and sapphire-crystal case back White gold, Case diameter: 41 mm

For pricing and availability please contact the J Farren-Price salon (02) 9231 3299

5940J -001

Technical data:

Ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement, Caliber 240 Q Perpetual calendar, Day, date, month, leap year and 24h indication by hands Moon phases Interchangeable full back and sapphire-crystal case back Yellow gold, Case dimensions: 37 x 44.6 mm

For pricing and availability please contact the J Farren-Price salon (02) 9231 3299

7130R-001 Ladies World Time

(2013 Basel release)

 

Technical data:

Mechanical self-winding movement, Caliber 240 HU 24-hour and day/night indication for the 24 time zones Bezel set with 62 diamonds (~0.82 ct.) Hand-guilloched ivory-opaline dial Prong buckle set with 27 diamonds (~0.21 ct.) Sapphire-crystal case back Rose gold, Case diameter: 36 mm

 

For pricing and availability please contact J Farren-Price (02) 9231 3299

5140P – Perpetual Calendar

A legendary model – A classic complication par excellence, the perpetual calendar occupies a place of honour in the Patek Philippe collection. Many of these mechanical marvels were crafted for pocket watches beginning when the manufacturer was founded in 1839 and for wristwatches since 1925.

 

Technical data:

Ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement Caliber 240 Q Perpetual calendar: day, date, month, leap year by hands Moon phases and 24-hour dial Blue sunburst dial, gold applied hour markers Interchangeable full back and sapphire-crystal case back Platinum, Case diameter: 37 mm

    For pricing and availability please contact the J Farren-Price salon (02) 9231 3299

5159G – Perpetual Calendar

Officer’s watches – their backs are protected by dust covers are a long standing Patek Philippe tradition. The Ref. 5159 is the rediscovery of a legendary timepiece with a perpetual calendar and a retrograde date in a larger case with a redesigned dial.

Technical data:

Mechanical self-winding movement, Caliber 324 S QR Perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand, Day, month, leap year in apertures Opaline-white dial, hand-guilloched centre Moon phases, Sweep seconds hand Sapphire-crystal case back protected by a hinged dust cover White gold, Case diameter: 38 mm

For pricing and availability please contact the J Farren-Price salon (02) 9231 3299

5712/1A

The ultra classic and versatile gents stainless steel Nautilus.

Technical data:

Mechanical self-winding movement, Caliber 240 PS IRM C LU Moon phases, date by hand and power reserve indicator, Seconds subdial Sapphire-crystal case back Water resistant: 60 m Stainless steel, Case diameter (10-4 o’clock): 40 mm

For pricing and availability please contact the J Farren-Price salon (02) 9231 3299

6102P Celestial

The name celestial does hint at the magnificence of this reference with its solid platinum case.

This is a truly remarkable timepiece and is in profoundly limited supply.

Technical data:

Mechanical self-winding movement, Caliber 240 LU CL C Celestial with date, Date by hand Hours and minutes of mean solar time Sky chart, phases and orbit of the Moon Dial: three metalized sapphire-crystal discs as well as ellipse framing the portion of the sky visible from Geneva Sapphire-crystal case back Platinum, Case diameter: 44 mm

For pricing and availability please contact the J Farren-Price salon (02) 9231 3299

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Patek Philippe 4968 Diamond Ribbon Ladies Watch by Tomoe · October 16, 2015

Date back to 2012, Swiss Patek Philippe introduced the Diamond Ribbon Ref. 4968. That whimsical title bears reference to a watch inspired by the swirling silk ribbons used in rhythmic gymnastics: the ribbon in this particular case is interpreted as 273 diamonds, and what arguably is the most interesting detail of them is the way they gradually increase in size as they encircle the mother-of-pearl dial. 2014’s edition is crafted from white gold and is presented on a leather strap.

With a little research,even though it has been for a number of years now that we are seeing more elaborately crafted and designed high-end ladies’ watches,we can find out interesting details in the history of women’s watches that go back much further in time.Thus, before discussing this piece in greater detail, We ought to concentrate on a little snippet from Patek’s past – a company, whose history with these timepieces goes back a long way. Although Patek Philippe was founded in 1839, the company made one of its first major breakthroughs at “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations,” or the Great Exhibition of 1851. The notice came from Queen Victoria, who loved fine craftsmanship and whose husband, Albert, the Prince Consort, was a man of innovation who was driven to the idea of merging science and art to the manufacturing industry – so much so, that he initiated the First World Expo.

Over 160 years have passed since then, and yet, Patek to this day avowedly strives to be amidst the top manufacturers when it comes to quality of execution. Having handled this watch – although my gaze is not as keen as that of the Queen – I do notice that, upon first look, every tiny component is finished with utmost attention to detail in mind. After all, the watch is powered by one of the finer hand wound movements in the world: the Calibre 215 PS LU (with “PS” standing for “petite seconde,” i.e., the seconds subdial, and “LU” for “phase de lune,” or moon phase), and the case is designed to be more unique than that of your average diamond-encrusted ladies’ watch.

The 18-jewel ultra-thin – a mere 3mm thick – manually wound Calibre 215 is one of Patek’s staples.Currently, when I say staple, I do not mean the movement is ordinary or generic, but rather, I mean that the Calibre 215 requires no augmentation or revision at this point. The movement stands on its own baring a quiet confidence requiring no fanfare other than the paragon of its construction – an enduring trait found in all Patek Philippe’s timepieces, resulting in astronomical outcomes at auctions.

In spite of the fact that we are looking at a refined ladies’ watch here, let us briefly mention the details of the movement within. The Calibre 215 is equipped with a Gyromax balance, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, ensuring an abiding, steadfast precision. The Gyromax balance is unique in that, instead of using a balance rim with threaded holes and screws, this system uses weights set down into the rim which can be rotated on their mounting pins in order to move the mass of the weight inward or outward. In addition, the extensive angling of plate and bridge edges enhance the movement’s aesthetics and eliminate debris during servicing. All 157 movement components are individually designed to ensure the precision, longevity, and reliability of the entire timepiece. The movement is capable of a power reserve ranging from 39 hours to 44 hours. The entire movement is visible via a sapphire crystal case back.

I have seen over the past ten years more and more high-end watch companies like Patek Philippe adding collections of mechanical women’s watches. It still is very much a developing trend,whereas with it come mechanical women’s watches equipped with complications. Most of the complications are single mini complications, but more recently, highly complicated women’s watches like the Patek Philippe women’s Grand Complication Collection have become available. I for one love the moon phase complication, not so much for its functionality, but rather for its quality and the way it provides an elegant enhancement to the timepiece’s aesthetics. A depiction of the sky above: the moon’s monthly waxing and waning depicted on the wrist will likely never get old.

Clearly, a lot of thought went into the creation of the Patek Philippe 4968 Diamond Ribbon, and it shows.Especially I enjoy the more cheerful double-pattern of the diamonds, paired with the classical mother-of-pearl dial and large Arabic numerals. The icing on the cake surely is the hand-wound 215 caliber, which renders it a blue-blooded, very refined ladies’s watch. Price for the Patek Philippe 4968 Diamond Ribbon watch is $58,600.