Patek Philippe’s haute joaillerie collection is second to none, they are on equal footing with leaders Chopard, Bulgari and Graff Diamonds. Their latest, the Twenty-4 Haute Joaillerie Ref. 4909/110 “Aquatic Life” keep them in the company of best of the best. An amazing 1937 diamonds and sapphires adorns the dial, case, bracelet and clasp of this dazzling watch.
The 18 karat white gold case including the bracelet is entirely covered in baguette cut diamonds of various sizes. The understated fan-shaped arrangement of diamonds on the case required each of them cut meticulously to fit into its exact location. Diamonds on the case and upper bracelet are invisibly set, this ensured parts of the settings and white gold stay hidden from the view. Invisible gem-setting is both risky and time consuming, a task only experienced gemsetters can perform. Blue fishes on the watch are shaped from blue sapphires – smaller fishes in navette-cut single sapphires with a closed rose-gold setting, and larger ones in several small brilliant-cut sapphires held by rose-gold bead settings arranged in fish shape. Blue fish sit on a bed of white diamonds, this makes light shine through blue bodies increasing color intensity and brilliance.
The Haute Joaillerie Aquatic Life’s beauty is not limited to its outer appearance, inside it features a lavishly decorated caliber 16-250 manual wind mechanical movement. Movement functions include hour and minute and 4 Hz vibrations per hour. Adorned with traditional engravings on the bridges, chamfered and polished edges and red jewels, movement decorations along with its workings are visible through the sapphire crystal case back.
Traditional dial design features of Patek Philippe’s iconic Twenty-4 ladies’ watch collection are part of the Aquatic Life too. They include 18 karat rose gold baton-style hour and minute hands, and Roman numerals at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock.
Source: Patek Philippe