Patek Philippe Calatrava "Squelette" Marks 40 Years of Caliber 240sharetweetshareThe 20th anniversary with the Aquanaut is not only milestone that Patek Philippe is celebrating in 2017. Send out self-winding, micro-rotor Caliber 240 turns 40 in 2017, and variations from it include several new models, for example the skeletonized version in the center from the Patek Philippe Calatrava "Squelette" Ref. 5180/1R-001. This is the closer go through the watch.Patek Philippe Calatrava Squelette Ref 5180-1R-001Patek Philippe first introduced a skeletonized variation of their iconic Calatrava towards the regular collection in 2008. The newest model, whose movement is designated Caliber 240 SQU (for "squelette" or skeleton) spotlights but not only the intricate art of skeletonization but the painstaking craft of filigree engraving. Caliber 240 SQU's plates and bridges are pierced on the maximum extent possible to allow the most ideal view of the movement's inner workings without compromising its functionality. Aesthetic highlights include the opeworked plate directly on top of the mainspring barrel, which provides a tantalizing glimpse of the coiled mainspring underneath the carefully formed Calatrava cross symbolic that's been a Patek Philippe registered trademark for over 100 years. In most, Patek Philippe says, the skeletonization for each movement requires more than a full week of training. rolex watch prices Patek Philippe Caliber 240-SQU, front (above) and back (below)Following your skeletonization come further refinements about the workbench of the engraver, who devotes over 130 hours, according to Patek, to incorporate arabesque and volute decorations to the remaining structures with the movement. Of these flourishes are a "Patek Philippe GenēŒ«ve" brand signature on the barrel frame, about the decorated Calatrava cross, and also a "PP" emblem, signifying the brand's Patek Philippe Seal, on the microrotor, and that is made from 22k rose gold. Inside the final step, the movement parts are plated in rose gold and polished to attain a visual harmony with all the case and bracelet. The movement-holder ring that frames Caliber 240 SQU, crafted from 5N rose gold, is additionally openworked, pared right down to the 12 spokes that serve as hour markers instead of a regular dial.A lot more than 130 hours of engraving work go into each finished movement. This drastically skeletonized movement's horological performance remains sound, meeting our prime standards with the Patek Philippe Seal, the brand's in-house quality certification, which has a rate accuracy of -3 to +2 seconds per day. Measuring 27.5 mm across as well as a slender 2.53 mm tall, Caliber 240 SQU consists of 159 parts, including 27 jewels, while offering a 48-hour power reserve.This elegant yet minimalist movement finds its home inside a similarly understated round case, made of 5N 18k rose gold and measuring 39 mm across and seven mm thick rolex second hand . Topped for the front and back sides with large-format sapphire crystals, watches true is water-resistant to 30 meters. The time is elegantly indicated by baton hour and minute hands created from blackened 18k white gold. The bracelet, also crafted from 18k rose gold, is secured by the fold-over clasp. The watch posesses a market price of $98,660.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavesharetweetshare replica accurist ladies watches
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