Patek Philippe celebrates 50 years of the Golden Ellipse with two new models


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Introduced in 1968, the Golden Ellipse is Patek Philippe’s second oldest watch. A timepiece that has survived decades of constantly changing trends, the Golden Ellipse is characterized by its bold elliptical case. The case itself is a mix between a circle and rectangle and features proportions inspired by a mathematical principle called the golden ratio. Discovered by mathematicians in ancient Greece, it is used to define the perfect proportions  of an object. Expressed as a ratio of 1:1.6180339887…, this principle has been the formula on which numerous architectural and artistic masterpieces have been based. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Golden Ellipse collection, Patek Philippe is releasing two new models: a limited edition in platinum (ref. 5738/50P-001), and a non-limited edition in rose gold (ref. 5738R-001).

Limited to 100 pieces, the new Golden Ellipse ref. 5738/50P-001 in platinum was made with the help of several specialists from Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcrafts division. Featuring a black enamel background, the dial is decorated with a volute pattern manually engraved in the 18K white gold plate. Its centre is adorned with a motif evocative of the brand’s Calatrava cross logo. A result of many hours of work, the dial decoration perfectly complements the smooth contours of the case and highlights the harmony of the golden ratio. Completing the dial we have two white gold hands indicating hours and minutes.

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The motif in the center is reminiscent of the brand’s Calatrava cross logo

 

The Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse ref. 5738/50P-001 has a 34.50mm x 39.50mm 950 platinum case. The case back is also in platinum and features the commemorative engraving “Ellipse d’Or 1968–2018”. Located at 3 o’clock is the winding crown set with an onyx cabochon matching the color of the dial. At 6 o’clock the caseband is decorated with a set of diamonds – a signature feature of every platinum Patek Philippe watch. Ticking inside the timepiece is the Caliber 240 with 27 jewels. This ultra-thin self-winding beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of no less than 48 hours. Completing the watch is a stylish hand-stitched black alligator leather strap with a platinum prong buckle. The limited-edition Golden Ellipse ref. 5738/50P-001 comes in a special presentation box with white-gold cuff links featuring  black enamel inlays and hand-engraved volute patterns.

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The limited edition comes with a special commemorative engraving on the back

 

In 2008, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Golden Ellipse, Patek Philippe introduced a new version of the jumbo model (34.5mm x 39.5mm) which featured a platinum case and blue dial. (ref. 5738P-001). Today a new version of this watch joins the collection – the ref. 5738R-001. Featuring an 18k rose gold case, the Golden Ellipse ref. 5738R-001 has a beautiful ebony black sunburst dial with red gold applied hour markers and cheveu-style hour and minute hands. Located at 3 o’clock position is the winding crown set with a black onyx cabochon set while the back of the watch features a solid rose gold caseback back. Powered by the Caliber 240, the new Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse ref. 5738R-001  is presented on a black alligator leather strap with a red gold prong buckle.

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The slim case (5.9mm) highlights the watch’s timeless elegance

 

 

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