Style / October 2018

Total Ellipse: The 50th Anniversary of the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse

First launched in 1968, the theme behind the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse is to have an elliptical case with dimensions that reflect the golden ratio. This year, in celebration of the 50th birthday of the illustrious yet illusive Golden Ellipse, Patek Philippe has extended its regular collection with a new rose gold/black dial grand taille model.

After the Calatrava that was released in 1932, the Golden Ellipse is the second oldest watch in the Patek Philippe collection. The piece exudes one of the brand’s most iconic design, and solidified its place as a cult model that has survived five centuries of ever-changing fashion trends.

For the 50th birthday of the Golden Ellipse, Patek Philippe invoked the help of several of its rare handcraft specialists to create a limited edition series 100 anniversary sets, each consisting of a platinum watch and matching cufflinks.

The dial of the Ref. 5738 was made to contrast with its black enamel primer as the background for the volute pattern manually engraved in the 18K white-gold plate. The center features a motif reminiscent of the Calatrava cross, Patek Philippe’s logo, the work of a master engraver.Inside is a self-winding caliber 240 movement with an off-center 22K gold miniroto completely recessed in the bridge plane.

The refined, style-defining aspect is underscored by a hand-stitched shiny black alligator strap with square scales. Its rose gold prong buckle echoes the shape of the characteristic case silhouette. As in the other Golden Ellipse models, the strap attachment is discreetly concealed beneath the caseband.