The famous Swiss watchmaking house updates its Ladies First collection with the new Patek Philippe Split Seconds Chronograph Ref. 7059R manually-wound watch. Featuring relatively large (for a piece designed for ladies) rose gold case that is decorated with dozens of highest grade diamonds, this is expected to be one of the most expensive dressy chronographs designed for the most beautiful half of humanity.
Presented during the Baselworld 2011 trade show in a classic-shaped rose gold case, the new watch seems to be based on a men’s model that was first presented six years ago and, in its own turn, is a sort of homage to a Patek Philippe model from the second decade of the 20th century (hence the relatively small size of the 2005 model.) Predictably, the watch is powered a painstakingly decorated CHF 27-525 PS hand-wound movement. Featuring deliberately archaic design, comprising 252 components, 27 jewels and 12 beveled and guilloched bridges, the movement comes with a rare (well, at least in this class of watches) split-seconds chronograph functionality.
The chronograph is started using a push-piece at 3 o’clock, which is integrated with the winding crown, and then stopped, restarted and reset with a pusher located closer to 2 o’clock position. Although quite rare compared to most modern chronographs that come with a pair of push-pieces placed at 2 and 4 o’clock, the classic design is actually a lot more comfortable to use, although, wearing a similar timekeeper (from a different brand, of course) I have sometimes inadvertently activated the chronograph without even noticing and thus reducing the device’s available power reserve, but I love to wear my timekeepers on lose bracelets and quite low on my wrist, may be that was the source of the problem.
The 33.2 mm case is set with 229 diamonds of different size and weight. The bezel is adorned with 153 diamonds totaling 0.72 carats and the back is decorated with 76 diamonds (0.40 ct.)
Even the buckle on the hand-stitched alligator leather strap is set with 26 diamonds of 0.18 carats.
Patek Philippe has always displayed a very good taste when it came to dials and this particular model is not an exception.
Although the watch is pretty small, the matt grained Opaline dial doesn’t look too busy or cluttered.
The applied rose gold hour markers and Arabic numerals are just large enough for the owner to read current time without straining her eyes, and all six rose gold hands are contrast enough to be always visible.
The hands seem to lack any lume whatsoever, but, well, that’s what you get when you buy a classic-looking watch.
Photos: Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe Ladies First Split Seconds Chronograph Ref. 7059R hand-wound ladies watch specification
Price: Stated as “On Request”, expected to be well south of $150,000
Movement: Manual (hand-wound,) Caliber CHR 27-525, 27.3 x 5.25 mm, 252 parts, in-house, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 21,600 vph
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes, beveled bridges, polished screw heads, Patek Philippe Seal in gold
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, split-seconds chronograph
Power reserve: 48 hours (max)
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: 18-carat rose gold, set with diamonds (0.72 carats)
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 33.20 mm
Lug width: 21.00 mm
Case height: 8.60 mm
Numerals: Arabic, rose gold, applied
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hand-stitched, matt pearly beige alligator leather, rose gold buckle set with 26 diamonds (0.18 ct)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire