Baselworld 2019: Patek Philippe new ladies’ Nautilus, Calatrava and Twenty-4

Baselworld 2019: Patek Philippe new ladies’ Nautilus, Calatrava and Twenty-4

Crème de la Crème

Text: Celine Yap

Patek Philippe’s 2019 novelties will give anyone a serious case of watch envy

Whenever Patek Philippe releases a new watch, the whole world stops, just for a moment, to admire the flawless hand finishing, the breath-taking inner mechanism, the incomparable rare handcrafts.

Indeed, every Patek Philippe model, from sacred grand complications such as minute repeaters to elegant women's classics like the Twenty-4, is a work of pure watchmaking art. Little wonder why this Genevan manufacture is unanimous regarded as the king of watch brands – and the indisputable queen of our hearts.

At Baselworld 2019, Patek Philippe has released a complete assortment of stunning women's models. Solid gold Nautiluses, artisanal Calatravas, the Twenty-4 in a high jewellery case... Basically everything – except complications, which the brand has already done for several years running. So clearly the focus is on its core DNA; its icons. And no Patek Philippe watch is more iconic than the Nautilus.

The Nautilus Ladies Automatic is a tasteful blend of sporty chic. Presented this year in a range of dial colours including blue, silvery and grey opaline, this stainless steel newcomer also wears slightly larger on the wrist, measuring 35.2mm in diameter instead of 33.6mm. We especially like the watch in grey opaline because of the black gradation effect around the periphery.

If stainless steel just doesn't cut it for you, then check out the Nautilus Ladies Automatic in rose gold with a silvery or golden opaline dial. No diamonds on these models though. For that we'll have to look at the bevy of haute joaillerie Calatravas and the recently revamped Twenty-4.

First up, the gorgeous Calatrava Haute Joaillerie Rare Handcrafts. Studded with diamonds and blue sapphires all over the contoured case – a challenging feat, we hear – Patek Philippe's talented gem-setters have used sapphires in varying hues of blue. This gives the watch an ethereal lightness you wouldn't see with similar coloured stones. Also, the gems are set in staggered rows which plays up the Calatrava's otherwise simple round case.

More diamonds and blue sapphires in varying sizes and hues adorn the dial in a snow-setting, coupled with a top plate of blue mother-of-pearl hand-engraved with a delicate feather motif.

Next, the Calatrava Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie is pure diamond heaven. Reminiscent of a gymnast's twirling ribbon, rows of white brilliant-cut stones are set in a spiral beginning from the case and ending on the dial in a continuous flow. They contrast beautifully with the blued gold numerals and elegant feuille hands.

The Twenty-4 Automatic Haute Joaillerie celebrates the timeless form of this quintessential Patek Philippe ladies' watch. This rose gold model is paved all over with diamonds – and we mean ALL OVER.

Here, brilliant cut white diamonds are presented in a snow-setting covering the dial, bezel, case, bracelet, and even the crown. Except the case back, which is done in sapphire crystal so you can see that it's all mechanical on the inside – and just as gorgeous.