Each movement fitted to the heart of a Patek Phillipe watch is crafted with utmost precision under the control of a steady hand and a keen eye. It is this level of workmanship that has gained Patek Phillipe such a proud reputation for creating some of the finest luxury wristwatches in the entire universe. Expert designers working at the company’s manufacturing facilities stand by their commitments which embody artistry, finesse and high-performance. Patek Phillipe automatic watches or self winding watches feature a mainspring wound by a rotor. The rotor is set in motion by the movement of the lady or the gent’s wrist. Details like the material choice for each component making up the movement, need to be cleverly considered by master craftsmen at Patek Phillipe in order to ensure that the movement works as a flawless, perfect organ once fitted inside the watch case. The rotors created by the manufacturer thus are crafted from 21k or 22k gold, since the high specific gravity of this precious metal optimizes the kinetic energy yield.
Patek Phillipe’s self winding movements are high-performance mechanisms which form the basis of so many complicated movements within the company’s universe. The Maison have been creating their own self winding movements since the year of 1953, allowing them to grow and develop over the years, perfecting and refining their skills to make them one of the most sought-after watch manufactures in the world. Some of the most widely used self winding movements are those like the 324 S C with a 45 hour power reserve and a central rotor in 21k gold. The movement is used throughout Patek Phillipe’s Calatrava collection a – a line of timepieces recognisable for their perfectly round bezels and their supremely elegant dials. The Calatrava is a dress watch fitted with an anti reflective and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass back. This window exposes the movement’s flawless performance on the underside of the watch.
Patek Phillipe’s 324 S IRM QA LU calibre is a movement used in the company’s Complications collection. The line of watches are recognisable for their capability to go far beyond just telling the time and the date. These superior wristwatches, often fitted with a classic leather strap, provide functions like annual calendars, dual timezones and world time displays. These instruments are developed to help assist with everyday tasks, whether that be recording a personal best or keeping track of important appointments throughout the week. The movement features a central rotor in 21k gold, 36 jewels and spans a diameter of 30mm inside the watch case. Its performance of 28,800 vibrations per hour helps to provide a 35-45 hour power reserve.
Whether it be a simple three handed timekeeper or a sophisticated, complex movement showcasing all the finest elements of Patek Phillipe manufacture, the company’s automatic watch collection is sure to delight the most discerning of watch lovers.