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|Scope of delivery||
Original box, original papers
Jul 16, 2020 - Jul 24, 2020
|Case material||Yellow gold|
|Bracelet material||Yellow gold|
|Condition||Unworn (Mint condition, without signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||
Original box, original papers
|Location||United States of America, New York, New York, New York|
|Case material||Yellow gold|
|Case diameter||18 x 20 mm|
|Bezel material||Yellow gold|
|Bracelet material||Yellow gold|
|Clasp||Fold clasp, hidden|
|Clasp material||Yellow gold|
|Guilloché dial, Guilloché dial (handwork), Gemstones and/or diamonds, Genevian Seal, Limited Edition, Only Original Parts|
Case Size Dimensions are:
*18mm width x 20mm Height x 6mm thickness
*168mm Fits up to Wrist Size (*Can be resized as needed as a complimentary service)
*Fresh to the Market, Never Before offered to the International Stage
*Fully signed with Sharp hallmarks to Case, Dial, Movement & Clasp
*Perfect working condition Manual Winding 13.5 Caliber Movement
*Perfect Aesthetic condition to Bracelet with all original well-matched beads in original pattern present and no signs
of cracks, patina or wear throughout
*Accompanied by Patek Philippe Paperwork Archive
*Accompanied by its Original Patek Philippe Leather Presentation Case & Patek Philippe Wooden Lacquer
The Sunburst Arrow Ellipse - Patek Philippe’s 1st Haute Couture Joallierie Collection Commission
A Very Rare 1971 Piece Unique High Fashion Patek Philippe Turquoise Lapis Arrow Beaded Pattern &
Diamond Set Sunburst Cobalt Blue Dial 18kt Yellow Gold Ellipse Bracelet Watch from the Original Patek
Philippe Haute Couture Joallerie Collection with Middle Eastern Motif
Origin Of The Timepiece Firms’ Haute Joallerie Collection & The Patek Philippe Ellipse Case Design
During the 1960s & 1970s the concept of the Jetsetter was born as Commercial travel was reaching new heights. Just
as Stern took charge of Patek Philippe, the very first commercial transatlantic flights between London and New
York began when one plane departed from Heathrow and the other from Idlewild (now JFK). This new sense of
travel produced an increased level of cultural diffusion between countries and fashion industries, alike as
exemplified by the revolutionary concept of a ‘Haute Couture Joallerie Collection’ being added by each of the leading watch
firms only years after the first free standing Haute Couture Boutique was established in 1966.
Ultimately, Haute Couture would serve as the inspiration for the watch firm’s concept to add a very special, Haute
Joallerie collection to each of their legendary firm(s) product lines. In modern France, haute couture is a legally
protected name that may not be used except by specific firms that meet certain well-defined standards. For those
unfamiliar, Haute Couture is an earned title for high-end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish,
made from high-quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by
the most experienced and capable sewers—often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.
The guidelines are enforced by the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne circle around the concept of
craftsmanship of the made-to-order clothes and the devotion to the presentations of collections in Paris. To qualify
as an official Haute Couture house, members must design made-to-order clothes for private clients, maintain a
minimum workshop staff amount and present every season in both night and day garments until essentially being
sold to a special private client. These custom-made garments represent the best quality fashion money can buy.
Although differing from Haute Couture as there is no governing body oversight to regulate needed, the Haute
Joallerie collection was extremely similar in concept as this collection was added by each of the legendary
watch firms as a means to create a very special collection which would be considered the ultimate creative ground
for watch designers, reserved for where technical limits would be pushed to the extreme thanks to the know-how and
with a target of going beyond the limits of industrialization to impose an extreme, bold and unconventional vision.
As a result, each of the major timepiece firms today continue to have a Haute Joallerie collection which produce
only a handful of piece unique designs a year each season to demonstrate their firm’s superiority in manufacturing
and dedication to art in the identical way Haute Couture is best known for. Additionally, in both Haute Couture &
Haute Joallerie the most important factor in both arts is the creative themes of the collections each year. For
example, the sources of inspiration can range from fairy tales to nature to the joy of color or the materials, textiles
Just three years after the legendary firm, Patek Philippe created The Ellipse in 1968, Patek Philippe Commissioned
as part of their original Haute Joallerie Collection the present Haute Couture Joallerie Ellipse bracelet watch offered here
today, circa 1971, made to order as confirmed by Patek Philippe Archive.
(For additional information relating to Haute Joallerie Collection, please find below)
As indicated by Patek Philippe archive, the present timepiece concept took three years to design until it was sold on
August 16th, 1974 and was made to order with precisely 82 carefully matched turquoise beads & 79 lapis stones, all
carefully aligned for the bracelet to create the effect of a woven pattern made of Lapis arrows that point on either
side inward towards the bracelet watches’ vibrant Sunburst reflective Cobalt Blue dial.
As demonstrated within the present example of the Sunburst Arrow Ellipse, the present timepiece’s trademark
design is applied by Patek Philippe to their Ellipse product line for their Haute Joallerie Collection, the most obvious
product line back then by applying beaded lapis and turquoise were selected for bracelet to form a Lapis Beaded
Arrow Pattern & a Sunburst Cobalt Satin Blue Finish Dial design are applied to produce a middle eastern inspired
theme as turquoise is most famously linked to its Persian roots of origin and Badakshan or present day Afghanistan
which is known for having one of the oldest and richest sources of Lapis. Additionally, the trademarked technique
present here produced by Patek Philippe creates an interplay of light, texture and color between colorful glossy
beaded stones and a dial with electric waves reactive to light that becomes present with each wrist movement,
unveiled 1971 to be one of the firm’s most boldest designs for this concept.
In fact, the Ellipse case design product line was the perfect candidate for such a collection as a whole as the mass
produced concept was already considered a bold departure from the traditional watch shapes as it was a cross
between a circle and rectangle that was never before fashioned making it also a very obvious candidate for such a
collection to include. Adding further to how bold the present design was, Patek Philippe’s inspiration for the concept
was inspired by the principle of the “golden ratio” an ancient formula symbolizing beautiful harmony and balance in
architecture, arts, and even nature. Also called the “divine proportion,” the Golden Ratio is a unique number found
by dividing a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length
divided by the longer part. Ultimately giving the present timepiece a sense of innate harmony, which has been
scientifically proven and forms the basis of some of history’s greatest works of art and architecture. To Name a few
these proportions can be found on Egypt’s Cheops Pyramid (Great Pyramid of Giza), Raphael’s Sistine Madonna,
the human body, the Apple logo, and also the case shape of the Ellipse d’Or, which made quite a statement on the
global stage of high watchmaking at its launch a half a century ago.
The Design Concept Revealed
Under close observation it is obvious the present timepiece has been precisely engineered as a whole in every
possible way. This is obvious not only by the well-matched bead placement, color and sizing, even found on the
lock mechanism that make up the bracelet, but also equally relevant by the attention to detail found on the case, dial
& numbering systems, and crown, alike.
The bracelet is completely beaded in a graduated bracelet design which if unfamiliar means that it tapers to become
narrower as it locks under the wrist. Attention to detail is carefully administered as each set of the three beaded
pattern is one size smaller than the dimensions of the beaded pattern before it while still maintaining the pattern of
lapis arrows all the way around, a very difficult task as beads themselves are a harder material to work with given
their lack of flexibility and high surface sensitivity for scratching. To add further, the bracelet watch is designed
with a lock mechanism in a manner which is also completely seamless to onlookers applying final attention to detail
where the locking mechanism folds over and is also beaded in pattern so that one cannot determine where the
bracelet comes on and off the wrist and is also sharply signed by Patek Philippe, Geneva (See photos for reference)
In addition to the attention to detail exhibited on the bracelet the present timepiece has arguably the most iconic &
sought-after Patek dial design, known as a Sunburst Cobalt Blue Finish dial. From immediate observation one can
see that it is extremely different than standard dials many other collectors have come to expect from wristwatches in
general. The design of the Sunburst dial is produced by raising the center of the dial slightly higher than its outer
edges designed to be lower similar to that of a pyramid. As a result of this innovation in design, the sunburst dial can
achieve the special effects of electric waves emulating through the watch face with different gradients and hues of
blues as the watch reacts to different exposures of light while the user’s position changes directions making it a site
to see every time one looks at the time.
(For additional information relating to the Ellipse Case Design Concept, please find below)
In addition, to the major design innovations mentioned above, attention to detail has been applied further to even the
most nuance attributes of this creation. For example, not only are there two different style numbering systems
located on the dial: Diamond markers for representing the 12,3,6,9 and also gold baton markers to represent the
remaining numbering system, but to the exterior, the 18kt yellow gold case is carefully textured throughout the
profile and bezel as well as a well matched lapis bead winding crown to set the time with for a finishing touch.
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