Rare craftsmanship encompasses and incorporates a number of breathtaking decorative techniques that have been used for centuries to create countless exquisite dials and cases for classic timepieces. It is precisely these that have made the reputation of Geneva watches famous all over the world, and the ingenious pieces are even more favored by the Eurasian kings and nobles. These great art masterpieces incorporate exquisite hand-carving, luxurious enamel decoration, and unique goldsmith and gem setting techniques. The craftsmanship is no less than the precise, complex and exquisitely decorated movement in Geneva. Some crafts are still popular today, while others are gradually disappearing in the long river of years, and are on the verge of disappearing, and may even be forgotten somewhere in human history forever. Fortunately, more than half a century ago, Patek Philippe, with the support of the Stern family, began to protect these rare crafts to ensure that they can be passed down from generation to generation.
Patek Philippe: Guardian of Geneva’s watchmaking tradition
As a watchmaker adhering to the Geneva watchmaking tradition and fully absorbing the essence of its craftsmanship, Patek Philippe is committed to protecting the rare and endangered craftsmanship so that future watch lovers and watchmakers can continue to appreciate these great heritages. However, if these craftsmanship is to continue to develop, we must pursue excellence and excellence. Therefore, the watchmaking knowledge, experience and exclusive industry secrets of contemporary craftsmen must be imparted unreservedly to successors who are committed to this.
For this reason, Patek Philippe has never stopped supporting Geneva enamel painting. This miniature painting art uses extremely complicated enamel craftsmanship, using pocket watch’s small enamel embryo as the canvas, to accurately reproduce the rich and gorgeous details of portraits or famous paintings, which requires a long production time and countless processing steps. For each color, the work must be fired in a 850 ° C kiln, and then the second color can be painted with a brush. For some extremely delicate painting details, a single quill pen must be used. brush.
The same is true of filigree enamel. For more than 50 years, this precision technology has injected endless elegance into the dials and dome clocks of Patek Philippe’s famous ‘World Time’ watch. Filling the enamel first requires the metal blank to be etched. This technique is similar to the relief process, and then the enamel is filled in the depression. Hand-engraved watch and pocket watch cases, as well as carved skeleton movements are by no means top-of-the-line exhibits. They still occupy an important position in Patek Philippe’s current product range. The decorative pattern of the marquetry dial is usually composed of up to 200 separate parts, and more than 20 kinds of wood are required. High-end jewellery watches need to be set with precious stones of high quality on the dial, case, bracelet and buckle. These sophisticated inlaying techniques can only be completed by experienced and talented jewellers. There are also some works that incorporate many rare craft traditions, such as adding hand-carved patterns under the translucent enamel with beautiful colors.
The ideas and designs of these rare craftsmanship masterpieces were independently developed and produced by the creative department of Patek Philippe. This enabled Patek Philippe to better protect these craftsmanship and ultimately passed on to the next generation of watchmakers. Every year, Patek Philippe launches more than forty rare and valuable timepieces of this kind, which are carefully crafted by a very small number of watchmaking experts who are versed in these complex techniques, exuding uniqueness. Artistic breath. Patek Philippe is committed to protecting these superb skills.
47 masterpieces of watches and clocks, showing rare skills
As an excellent example of rare handicraft, these 47 timepieces are now on display on the fourth floor of the Patek Philippe Salon at 41 Rue du Rhône, Geneva. Each model is ingenious, showing the outstanding handicraft skills either single or integrated.