Guilloché is a decorative art that first appeared in the pocket watch case in the early 18th century. Abraham Louis Breguet combined circles and straight lines to use a professional lathe (ie Rose Engine) to engrav the dial to create a coherent pattern. The engraving process has made great progress. A person who has both the genius of inventing the tourbillon and the artistic talent of reconciling the fine dial decoration, it seems that the world is a little unfair.
The Breguet watch factory is equipped with a professional and precious Rose Engine (curve pattern lathe accessory) lathe
Even if developed, this style of decoration will only be used on the most expensive watches of that era. Think of Kari Voutilainen, Philippe Dufour, and Roger Smith. In contrast, perhaps they can better understand the contours of Breguet’s customized watches in the early 19th century. The gold owners are willing to spend time waiting, in order to finally put a piece in their pockets, they can meet all the needs of the watchmaker.
The people who operate these machines are called ‘guillocheur’
Today, Baodi Watch Factory has formed a large team to ensure the quality of the process while expanding the relative scale. The company produces about 30,000 watches per year, far higher than the independent watchmakers mentioned above. A small number of these watches rely on stamping technology to achieve effects similar to traditional engraved patterns.
Operating these machines is not easy and requires a lot of training
So, is the dial ultimately made by a machine? Yes, technically, it is. But the precision of the carving depends entirely on human skills and robust hands. Only the most skilled craftsmen can decorate the dial in this way, and it takes time. Rose Engine uses a series of metal cams to control the lateral movement of the cutting head. The cutting head is guided by human hands and rests on the gold dial.
Breguet Classique 7147 watch with rich guilloché dial
The size of the force determines the depth of carving. To achieve a coherent, consistent, charming and charming effect requires a pair of experienced hands. By adjusting the metal plate that controls the movement of the cutting head, the carving pattern can be changed. The combination of patterns in different forms is not only beautiful, but also easy to recognize, and few other decorative techniques can match it. But the completion of this work requires a careful and careful watchmaking apprentice.
A closer look reveals the rich patterns contained in the simple design
Even though it is slightly conservative in the taste of some people, it is undeniable that the engine-turning dial is very attractive. The core value of the engraving process is almost pure decoration, but it is really helpful in improving readability. Let’s take Ref. 7147 as an example. This seemingly simple timepiece has just replaced Ref. 5140, becoming Breguet’s thinnest entry-level automatic dress watch.
Breguet Classique 7147 is the brand’s thinnest entry-level automatic dress watch
The watch is equipped with a silver-plated gold dial, which is a decorative dial, which is divided into three areas by the craftsman according to the function display. Each pattern is carved to improve the readability of each part. The center is decorated with a Paris nail pattern (because it is similar to the nail head of the reinforced boot sole), the reverse small seconds at 5 o’clock is decorated with a wave pattern, and the outer track scale circle is decorated with a circular pattern. The guilloché process divides the entire dial into different areas, and the decorative patterns are both decorative and legible. Of course, the movement oscillating weight is also machined.
The rotor of the Breguet Classique 7147 watch is also machine-engraved
The guilloché dial and Breguet go hand in hand to complement each other. Almost all Breguet watches (except enamel dials) are decorated with this technology, including military-inspired watches with non-gold dials and La Musicale watches with brass dials for better acoustics. If you still doubt the importance of the engraving department, look at the decorative lettering at 6 o’clock on the Breguet dial, not ‘Swiss Made’, but ‘Swiss Guilloché Main’, which is Breguet’s firm commitment to the guilloché process....
On Thursday, July 17, Breguet and its tourbillon boutique hosted a twenty-person super VIP party in Puerto Banus, Puerto Rico, dedicated to the Breguet Classicique Chronométrie7727 watch, This is one of the most accurate watches in the world. The party gave invited guests a chance to watch this masterpiece face to face.
Breguet’s revolutionary use of magnetic effects to improve the stability of the balance wheel makes this watch with excellent precision.
At the end of the event, Breguet invited all VIPs to enjoy a rich dinner prepared by Dani Garcia, a 2-star Michelin restaurant. (Picture / Text Watch House Xiao Sen)...
Certina (Certina) DS series of traditional ladies automatic watches, reflecting the true classic beauty and the brand’s exquisite and unique style. The watch is made of high-quality materials, equipped with an accurate and reliable automatic movement, perfect for timing. In addition, the watch can record the footsteps of time passing.
This traditional automatic watch is feminine, with a small body, only 25 mm in diameter and 9.3 mm thick. The round body is exquisite and cute, with two holes on the bracelet and top quality 316L stainless steel. Equipped with double-precision safety performance concept and sapphire glass shell, the waterproof depth reaches 100 meters (300 feet). Automatic Swiss movement ETA 2671.
The DS series of traditional ladies automatic watches is a good choice for fashionistas and classic (or vintage) lovers. Suitable for any formal occasion. The dial is black and white, the hour numerals are Arabic numerals, and the luminous hands are elegant. The date hole is set at 3 o’clock, which is clear and easy to read. The brand name is below 12 o’clock, and the brand was founded under the name. This watch is simple and elegant, with high quality. The dial is available in three colors: black, white and silver. The style of the white dial is elegant and luxurious. The outer ring and bracelet are PVD-treated to show dazzling gold (its serial number is C561.7195.44.16). The black (serial number C561.7195.42.66) and silver (serial number C561.7195.42.15) dials have silver bracelets. The retail price of this watch varies according to its color. The PVD-treated gold model sells for about $ 570, while the other two models sell for about $ 480. No matter which one you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Switzerland’s top watchmaking technology plus the brand’s tradition is the best guarantee.
Certina was founded in 1888 by two brothers, Adolf and Alfred Kurth, who started their watchmaking journey in the Swiss town of Grazen.
All Certina women’s watches embody their sporty atmosphere while being clear and easy to read, truly reaching the beauty of harmony and elegance. Certina’s first ladies ceramic watch “DS Queen Ladies Watch”, “DS Spel Ladies Watch” and “DS First Lady Chronograph” enjoy a high reputation in the watch industry, while the DS traditional ladies automatic watch is a ladies automatic The pride of the watch series fully demonstrates the confident style of modern women.
The world’s authoritative duty-free magazine ‘Moody’s Report’ recently issued a statement saying that from the opening of April 20 last year to April 20 this year, the sales of Tissot watches in Sanya duty-free stores reached the world’s highest. According to the article, in May 2012, the World Duty Free Association held the GateOne2One conference in Singapore, and China Duty Free Group revealed details of its amazing success experience in the Hainan Sanya store and its development plans for the next few years.
At the meeting, Charles Chen, vice president of China Duty Free Group, said at the meeting that after the successful trial of the ‘Island Freedom’ policy in Hainan, the sales of China Duty Free Group increased by 43.6% in 2011 to US $ 660 million.
It is understood that from April 20, 2011 to April 20 this year, the sales of China Duty Free Group Sanya Store exceeded 1.5 billion yuan, with an average of 3,857 transactions per day, with an average daily sales of 4.64 million yuan, an average 11,956 tourists enter the store every day.
Charles Chen said that these are the brand influence brought by many top brands in the Sanya store. China Duty Free Group Sanya has the world’s largest Tissot store, the largest Lange cosmetics retail retail counter, and Lancome and Dior retail retail counters.
According to the article, in addition to the world’s highest sales of Tissot watches, the sales of other top brands in the Sanya store have also achieved good results. The sales volume of Lange cosmetics in October last year was also the champion of the global travel retail market. Sales of cosmetics entered the top five in the world.
The case of the watch is colorful. From the shape, there are Cartier’s square tank, Blancpain’s round case, Audemars Piguet’s octagonal case, and Girard Perregaux’s goose eggs. Type case, there are some strange and irregular shapes; from the material point of view, it is ever-changing, in addition to common gold, stainless steel, but also titanium, high-tech ceramics, PVD, etc., how much do you know about these materials? ? To understand a watch, you need to know more about the watch in order to truly understand this field. Let’s take a look at several types of different materials of the watch case.
Gold, platinum, rose gold … are luxurious materials. There is never pure gold, because pure gold is too soft and too difficult to shape, and gold must be mixed with other materials. The case is usually made of 18K gold, that is, 75% of it is pure gold, and the remaining 95% is other metals. Mixing different gold colors can bring out different colors, so white gold and rose gold appear. Rose gold and pink gold are the same. Copper and silver are added to the gold, but the amount of copper is different, and 4N and 5N represent the level of copper. Red gold (redgold) contains more copper than rose gold, but it does not mean that red gold has higher value than rose gold, because the gold content of both is the same.
Lange watches are only precious metal watches, not steel watches. All the parts of Lange watches have to be carefully polished by hand before they are finished. Its high standards have achieved its amazing quality. The Lange 1815 series 233.03218K watch is made of rose gold with a 40 mm case, exuding a metallic luster, noble and elegant. The minimalist design of the dial gives a refreshing impression. The central recessed part of the solid silver dial draws on the design of Lange’s famous pocket watch, making the level of 1815 clearer. The delicate Arabic numerals are matched with blue steel hands. (For 18K gold and platinum watches, I believe you have seen many of them, and I know them well, so I wo n’t list them one by one.)
First of all, to bring you closer to fashion brands, Chanel’s case material has also been unique. In addition to PVD and DLC, there are now high-tech ceramics, the material of which consists mainly of a crystalline oxide called zirconium oxide, and the raw materials are like sand-like powder and gray.
The world’s top luxury brand-CHANEL, Chanel’s ‘Double C’ has become a pride in the fashion industry, and one of the most wanted brands for women on this planet. The J12 series was born in 2000. Chanel watches made of high-tech precision ceramics, this modern classic, immediately fashionable, has become synonymous with 21st century high-end watches. In 2003, the J12 white watch was born. The J12 white watch, just like the J12 black watch, was extremely popular at the beginning and led another wave of white watches. Before Chanel, no brand had ever been able to increase the color of the watch to Design, technology, and craftsmanship are generally sharp. It is the first in the industry to have a pure white concept.
This series of watches have gloss, high hardness, no rust and discoloration, no stain, and stable chemical properties. Chanel Ceramic Watches This new watch uses ceramic materials such as zirconia and cermets for the case and strap. Compared with stainless steel watches, the weight of ceramic watches is reduced by about 60%, and its hardness is about 10 times that of stainless steel. Does not damage the advantages of the skin. The radian and the details of the design convey the eternal charm of CHANEL.
Radar is also a high-frequency user of high-tech ceramics. Rado’s DIAMASTER series has its own new face: a large dial that is easy to read and a clear view. The watch is made of plasma high-tech ceramics. This type of material is not only anti-allergic, not easy to wear, lightweight, but also provides an extremely comfortable wearing experience. The black dial with rose gold hands and scales is low-key and contains noble temperament, and the case has a perfect smooth feel. The use of high-tech ceramics fully reflects the brand’s concept of ‘if you can imagine, you can create. If you can create, you can achieve.’
Black case (PVD and DLC)
Steel was followed by PVD steel, followed by DLC. DLC is the material, ‘DiamondLikeCarbon’, which is diamond-like carbon. Diamonds are made of carbon, and DLC is artificially manufactured in the laboratory. The hardness is like the carbon particles of diamonds.
The new Bvlgari DiagonoUltranero chronograph uses a 42mm stainless steel case and uses a DLC anti-scratch surface treatment process to create a distinctive dark black color, showing a strong modern beauty. Dial with white scale, luminous coating enhances the chronograph function and date window readability controlled by stainless steel chronograph buttons. The rubber strap with satin-finished stainless steel chain link is water-resistant to 100 meters, making it a perfect fit whether it’s a diving suit or a tuxedo.
PVD is one of the coating technologies, which is ‘PhysicalVaporDeposition’. The metal is vaporized into a coating, which is then applied to another metal object. Hublot is the first Swiss top watch brand to combine precious metals and natural rubber as its raw materials. Its birth has revolutionized the watch industry both in terms of watchmaking materials and unique aesthetic concepts interpreted by watches. . The brand concept advocated by Hublot is ‘the art of fusion’, covering the perfect fusion of precious metals such as zirconium, tantalum, magnesium and titanium with diamonds, rare gems, gold, platinum, ceramics, stainless steel and natural rubber.
Hublot has always been known for its boldness and publicity. This model continues the brand’s usual style, with a multi-layered complex dial structure and a powerful 48 mm case structured for a powerful angle. The minute hand, chronograph at 9 o’clock and the calendar window at 4 o’clock all use striking red. The watch also has the famous slightly rebellious red devil logo printed at 3 o’clock. The red and black dial brings a sense of dynamism, showing the mature charm of men. Black PVD coating to achieve a beautiful and uniform overall effect.
Titanium looks like steel and has silver-gray light translation. It is a transition metal. Titanium has the advantages of lightness, hardness, and rust prevention, and has a wide range of applications. Appeared on watches, mainly used to make sports watches. Titanium was discovered in 1791, but pure titanium was first made in 1910, and it took more than a hundred years. The reason is that titanium is very active at high temperatures, and it is easy to combine with oxygen, nitrogen, carbon and other elements. To obtain pure titanium requires very harsh conditions. In application, titanium is often mixed with other metals to form alloys, in order to make it harder. The following introduces two models using titanium, light and convenient.
The new Bentley Supersports LightBodyLimitedEdition focuses on appearance: bright red, cool black, and bright white set off against each other, which has great visual appeal and impact. The watch adopts a revolutionary appearance, combining the outstanding performance and noble temperament of the two brands of Breitling and Bentley in an ultra-light titanium case, which is light and comfortable; it uses the unique rolling pattern bezel of the Breitling for Bentley series; The unique dial design with red and black contrasting colors complements the dashboard of the Bentley Continental GTC supercar, perfectly combining extraordinary performance and innovative appearance. The application of titanium material is also very suitable for its sports style, light and tough and practical.
The Omega Speedmaster series is one of the most representative models of the brand. The legendary Speedmaster watch has participated in all six moon landing missions. It is a model for the pioneering spirit of brand exploration. This Omega watch has a blue lacquered facade, a domineering 44.25 mm titanium case, and a smooth blue ceramic bezel and titanium bracelet with a tachymeter scale that fit comfortably on your wrist. appropriate.
Through the loss-resistant sapphire crystal glass, you can see the blue lacquered surface with the white time scale, a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, and 12 hours and 60 minutes at 3 o’clock. Central chronograph seconds hand. It is worth mentioning that this watch is equipped with the Omega 9300 coaxial movement, which is the first chronograph movement of the brand’s self-developed coaxial mechanical movement series.
Steel is actually an alloy, which is made of mixed multiple metals. The most commonly used material for watches is 360 stainless steel. Rolex uses 904L stainless steel. Its advantages are high corrosion resistance, high hardness, and difficult to oxidize.
Green Ghost’s unique case and design have a high degree of brand recognition. The Rolex Submariner’s Oyster case is water-resistant to 300 meters (1,000 feet), providing optimal protection for highly accurate movements from water. Damage from dust, pressure, and impact. The unique middle case is cast from 904L stainless steel or 18ct gold with strong corrosion resistance, and is equipped with an integrated crown shoulder. The triangular bottom case back is screwed tightly by Rolex watchmakers with special tools to completely seal the case. The winding crown uses a patented three-lock waterproof system, and is firmly screwed on the case, hermetically sealed like a submarine door. The mirror of the watch is made of scratch-resistant sapphire glass.
Summary: The case material has many changes, and it is also an area of constant competition and innovation in the watch industry. Each change is an innovation, and it is understandable. Understanding of watch materials will help you solve some problems encountered in the process of purchasing watches. Rich people wear gold cases, rich people wear stainless steel cases, sports lovers wear titanium, and elegant ladies wear ceramic cases. Each material case has its advantages and disadvantages. If you wear a gold watch to participate in various sports, it will inevitably be scratched and bumped. At this time, you will find the benefits of stainless steel. (Picture / text watch home Li Shuai)...
Breitling joins hands with Bentley to present another timepiece! The all-white “pure ice” design, the meticulously crafted luxury bezel, and unparalleled performance-the new Breitling Bentley Continental GT Pure Ice Chronograph and Continental GT Racing Pure Ice Chronograph, British Noble The elegance and Swiss craftsmanship of watchmaking are integrated.
Icebreaker White Elf
The new Breitling Bentley Continental GT Pure Ice Chrono Watch and Continental GT Racing Pure Ice Chrono Watch both use Bentley’s unique pure ice color-these two original elegant watches have an ice-white dial and the same color Ice white rubber strap. The design of the all-white ‘pure ice’ is like a white elf who breaks the ice. The more compact size design is exquisite and unique. Raise your hand to show your elegant style.
Prestige and detail
Like other Breitling for Bentley watches, the Bentley Continental GT Pure Ice Chronograph and the Continental GT Racing Pure Ice Chronograph also have meticulous surface treatment.
Both watches are decorated with silver bezels, the design of which is derived from the dashboard of the Bentley Continental GT; the rolling pattern on the bezel is inherited from Bentley’s signature control button decoration. The Bentley Continental GT Pure Ice Chronograph has a fully polished stainless steel case, which follows the dazzling metallic luster of the Bentley car; the Bentley Continental GT Racing Pure Ice Chronograph case is matte frosted, with the front side The polishing process complements each other, and the bottom cover is embossed with the contour of the Bentley Continental GT model. The power and elegance of the Bentley Grand Tourer’s traditional essence are vividly expressed.
Lean Casting Outstanding Quality
Adhering to the consistent performance of Breitling watches, both watches are equipped with the Swiss Official Astronomical Observatory (COSC) Breitling 13B automatic chronograph movement. There are two large windows at 3 o’clock showing the day of the week and the date. Breitling’s exclusive ‘variable speedometer’ can be controlled by rotating the bezel in both directions: this system is used with the timer at the same time, and it can be easily achieved by rotating the bezel regardless of the average value of time, distance or speed. Excellent performance, at your wrist....
‘The hardest person in the world is gentle, and second is gentle.’
It is extremely rare to get a friend who likes and loves for a lifetime, or a lover who is gentle and lives together.
More rare than these two: a close friend is also a love. One day, when that person walked into life from the side, the old phrase ‘I might not love you’ became a sweet prelude to a long life.
I finally waited for you, but fortunately I did not give up
Shu Qi and Feng Delun sweetly married
After 20 years of acquaintance, she went back and forth, and she finally became his bride. Love is you making trouble, I’m laughing. Lovers who have been obsessed for many years, when shooting wedding photos, do not forget to play each other with naughty pictures, each frame is moving. No matter how others have said in the past, I am so lucky at the moment. I finally waited for you. Fortunately, I didn’t give up. From then on, I decided to ‘entangle my life’.
Shu Qi and Feng Delun sweetly married
When Shu Qi and Feng Delun got married, everything was so capricious and casual: a wedding dress bought temporarily, a wedding dress given by a brand two years ago, and a brief marriage announcement. The only thing that was serious was the ring, and she solemnly chose her favorite Bulgari.
Shu Qi and Feng Delun sweetly married
Shu Qi and Feng Delun’s wedding ring comes from Bulgari’s most iconic Serpenti series. The snake’s meandering shape entangles its fingers like a ‘snake scale’. Serpenti wedding ring is a traditional Bulgari totem. The snake-shaped Bulgari wedding ring will revolve around the love story of the two. With its mythical eternal power, it will give lovers a happy and permanent future.
Bvlgari Serpenti Platinum Ring
The most important diamond ring, Shu Qi and Feng Delun chose the Bulgari Bridal Venice series (Dedicata a Venizia) diamond ring. The literature records that the first diamond ring appeared in Venice in 1503. The two chose this diamond ring to pay tribute to the birthplace of the pledge, which not only engraved their original truth and beauty, but also accompanied her to shine every day in the future. The best love has the best annotation in the best time.
Bvlgari Bridal Dedicata a Venizia Diamond Ring
Decades of close friends become love only because of you
Lin Xinru and Huo Jianhua married at Bulgari Resort Bali
The best love is to be independent and grow together into a better person. She is 40, known as the golden leftover, and he is 36, known as the old cadre; she crosses the sea of people, and he is just there; they have similar backgrounds and similar concepts, and are probably the ones who can cure each other best. Love is wanton, love is restrained. They have known each other for ten years when they are in love. Compared to falling in love at first sight, this kind of water is long and warm.
Lin Xinru and Huo Jianhua married at Bulgari Resort Bali
Lin Xinru wore this ring at the wedding to make people cry. This is a Bulgari heart-shaped diamond ring. The main diamond is 5.03 carats, and the trapezoid-cut diamonds on both sides are 0.46 carats. The heart shape is exactly the same as Lin Xinru’s name. This can be seen with ‘heart’. The radian of the heart and the fine polishing, as if this couple of low-key but strong love.
Bvlgari High Jewellery Platinum Heart-Cut Diamond Ring
After meeting you, everything is right
Zhang Yiyi and Yuan Hong get married in the German castle
True love is not to ask about the past, but also to be affectionate and to stay together. Everyone has a rich past, just because she is the right person to meet in her best years, he only wants to work with her to cultivate a better self. The best blessing in love is not praise or praise from others, but the firmness of our hearts is the courage we embrace.
Zhang Yeyi and Yuan Hong exchange ring
At the important ceremony of ring exchange, the best man Hu Ge presented the wedding ring to the groom and bride-the classic Bulgari BVLGARI BVLGARI ring. The rose gold and the finishing touch of diamonds and the Bulgari double logo contrast each other, and the bright highlights of the low-key elegance. The Bulgari wedding ring celebrates the passionate love and complements the sweet love story between the couple.
Bulgari BVLGARI BVLGARI Rose Gold Wedding Band
Bulgari’s “Meeting and Love” wedding ring is wrapped in two chic curved platinum curves, and finally merges into one, recording the process from the beginning to the enthusiastic embrace; The sparkling enthusiasm of fireworks; and the dazzling diamond hovering to the apex symbolizes a successful marriage palace.
Bulgari ‘Meet and Love’ Diamond Ring
Bvlgari’s Bridal series can be the favorite choice of the goddesses, because the brilliance condensed in it represents the strongest and most sincere expectations. I believe that you are eternal.
At this year’s BASELWORLD, Chanel BOY · FRIEND series watches once again launched a number of handsome and neutral ladies watches. The octagonal dial design of the BOY · FRIEND series is inspired by the iconic PREMIÈRE watch, paying tribute to the classic legendary shape of the N ° 5 perfume bottle cap and the outline of Paris Fontaine.
In addition to simplicity and refinement, this BOY · FRIEND TWEED S watch is decorated with luxurious diamonds, which brings a bit of femininity and luxury to the neutral wind, and the perfect unification of modern and classic styles.
Stainless steel case, 21.5 x 27.9 mm, stainless steel bezel set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 0.37 carats).
Black guilloché dial with hours and minutes.
Stainless steel crown and convex black spinel.
Tweed stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp.
High-precision quartz movement, water-resistant to 30 meters. Also available in stainless steel buckle style
Chanel brings the first PREMIÈRE watch full of feminine charm into a new realm full of masculine beauty. The BOY · FRIEND watch subtly blends the elements of men’s clothing that Chanel loves. Its unique name undoubtedly subverts the design principles of classic women’s watches.
For more details, please pay attention to the live feature of the Basel Watch Fair:
Exposure to the world’s first stop in Taiwan after Baselworld 2013
Taipei Golden Light Clock and Taichung Yuan Henry Clock
Bvlgari improv comedy watch
TROPICALE BVLGARI Il Giardino’s ‘Tropical Garden’ watch
The latest work exposed at Baselworld, as well as several advanced and complex watches, totaling 18 models.
The Bulgari tourbillon ‘,’ impromptu comedy, impromptu comedy watch ‘Puccinella’ Arlecchino tour ” two models, and the female watch ‘IL Giardino Hotel TROPICALE two sweet berry tourbillon’.
Bulgari Bulgari Tourbillon
BVLGARI Berry Sweet Berry Watch
BVLGARI Berry Sweet Tourbillon Watch
BVLGARI Daniel Roth series clock tower tourbillon clock music time tourbillon watch
BVLGARI Zundock retrograde tourbillon
“Favorite Collection” Top Watch Appreciation Time and Place:
[Golden Watch Exhibition]:
Venue: Cotai Watches Co., Ltd.
When: May 22 to May 25
Address: 1F, No. 286, Linsen North Road, Taipei 104
Phone: (02) 2521 to 1526
[Yuan Henry Watch Exhibition]:
Venue: Yuanhengli Watch Co., Ltd.
When: May 30 to June 2
Address: No. 762, Dadun Road, Taichung City, 408
Phone: (04) 23231166
Patek Philippe’s new Ref.5073 minute repeater watch is one of the few watches with church bell alarm and perpetual calendar functions. What’s even more commendable is that the 103 baguette diamonds on the bezel and 55 diamonds set on the dial and buckle show the luxury of this watch.
As the ‘church bell’ is almost twice as long as an ordinary reed, the acoustic principle of this ultra-long reed is self-explanatory: the longer the reed, the more melodious the time signal can be. However, since the ‘spring bells of the church bell’ can neither touch each other, nor can the suspended parts touch the movement or the case, the only part that can be contacted is the miniature short-range hammer. Therefore, manufacturing is extremely difficult.
For this watch, Patek Philippe chose the time-keeping device that attracted much attention when it introduced the astronomical tourbillon watch in 2001, allowing the Ref.5073 watch to report the hours and quarter clocks in three tones: bass, treble and high-low mixed beep. And minutes. The roundness of the timekeeping sound must be personally inspected by Patek Philippe’s owner, the president, who is the guardian of Patek Philippe’s historical tradition: every finished watch must pass their strict inspection before it leaves the factory.
The perpetual calendar function is presented through three auxiliary dials at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. No calendar adjustment required until 2100. The highly accurate moon phase display is located in the date dial at 6 o’clock. Like other Patek Philippe watches, the moon phase differs from the actual lunar cycle by one day every 122 years and 45 days.
The watch uses a 42 mm diameter case, made of PT950 platinum, and is processed by traditional cold stamping. The watch’s bezel and lugs are set with a total of 103 top Wesselton baguette diamonds, weighing approximately 4.33 carats. The black lacquered gold dial is set with 13 baguette diamonds (approximately 0.25 carats) as hour markers. Another 42 baguette diamonds (approximately 0.69 carats) are set on the surface of the platinum buckle. According to the practice of Patek Philippe, the case is set with a low-profile and restrained 0.02 carat diamond between the lugs at 6 o’clock to show that it is a platinum case.
This watch has a solid platinum caseback and a replaceable sapphire crystal caseback, through which you can admire the precise movement. The first thing that catches the eye is the carved 22K gold automatic plate, the hollow Calatrava cross star pattern under the gold-plated dome cover, and the small centrifugal regulator, which controls the normal rhythm of the timekeeping device....