How Patek Philippe is celebrating the long-lasting Golden Ellipse's 50th anniversaryWhat exactly do the Parthenon, the works from the late Swiss architect Le Corbusier and the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse wristwatch share? Their proportions were apparently inspired by the principles of the golden section - a ratio of approximately 1-to-1.6180 - which was first discovered by mathematicians in ancient Greece and considered the inspiration for harmoniously balanced design.It's no surprise then that Golden Ellipse fans, including Michael Kwan, a senior adviser with Japanese trading giant Itochu, and Paris-based watch aficionado Dan Souffir, are typically praise with the timepiece - which made waves using its distinctive, rounded-rectangular form if this was launched in 1968. Kwan, who bought his yellow-gold, blue-dialled Ref. hublot watches prices 3738/100J-012 in 2013, says: "It's an incredibly elegant watch, and an evergreen model that was around for many years. When i first saw the same model back in the 1970s with a friend."Describing it as being the "embodiment of horological perfection", Souffir enthusiastically recalls what it really was like upon traversing to a Golden Ellipse within the cover of the watch magazine in 2008: "It was love at first sight. I've always liked classical replica watches. The watch was classic and simple, plus the shape was very original and harmonious." 4 years ago, in a Parisian pre-owned watch shop, he found a Golden Ellipse to his personal: Ref. 3548 from 1972.While its fans swoon over its form, the growth of the Golden Ellipse concerned more than merely achieving mathematically perfect proportions. As Nicholas Foulkes wrote in Patek Philippe: The Authorised Biography, the organization sought to create a "readily identifiable" timepiece that can not be easily replicated industrially, at a time when "advances in mass production meant that cheaply produced replica watches had the ability to imitate the look off luxury timepieces with ever greater facility".FAMILY BUSINESSHenri Stern (right) and the son, Philippe, developed an ultra-thin self-winding calibre for your Golden Ellipse from the 70s.Besides its unusual shape, that first yellow-gold timepiece separated itself for some other features, just like an 18K blue-gold dial. The watch became a success, spawning several iterations inside 1970s and early 1980s (see timeline), from jewellery versions to horizontally oriented editions. Actually, there was clearly 65 versions on the Golden Ellipse in the 1970s . Additionally, watches it took over as the first watch to spawn a whole accessory collection, including cufflinks, pendants, keychains and in some cases solid-gold lighters.STARRY STARTA few milestones inside the Golden Ellipse's 50-year history.1968: BRIGHT BEGINNINGSThe Golden Ellipse is launched. Measuring 32mm by 27mm, the Ref. 3548's distinctive form and it is blue-gold dial transform it into a hit with watch fans during the day.1977: GOING AUTOMATICDeveloped underneath the watch of Henri and Philippe Stern, the ultra- thin, self-winding Calibre 240 makes its debut within the Golden Ellipse family, powering models just like the Ref. 3738/1.1979: FRESH FACESThe design's form lends itself well to adaptation. In the past, the rounded rectangle is refreshedin various ways - larger audemars piguet royal oak offshore diver , smaller, gem-studded, and also horizontally oriented (including the Ref. 3839/1, above).1993: GEM-PACKEDFrom the mid-1980s for the mid-1990s, new releases with the design tend towards jewellery versions run by Patek's quartz movements, like the E 15 and E 23 C.2008: LIVING LARGETo mark the 40th anniversary with the model, Patek Philippe releases Ref. 5738/P, a "jumbo" editionin platinum measuring 39.5mm by 34.5mm. Golden Ellipse models in current production retain this size.Whilst the Golden Ellipse has stayed section of Patek Philippe's core collection, it offers nowadays taken a back seat for the brand's very popular models such as the Nautilus and also the Aquanaut - that has a decade having passed since the launch from the last new Golden Ellipse in 2008. Though with 2018 is the 50th-anniversary year in the Golden Ellipse, Patek Philippe's second watch family (following the Calatrava) has become cut back in the spotlight with two beautiful new editions: Ref. 5738/50P-001, a 100-piece platinum limited edition, featuring an engraved white-gold and black-enamel dial; and Ref. 5738R- 001, a rose-gold model with a black dial. Measuring 39.5mm by 34.5mm, the replica watches share the "jumbo" proportions of the platinum exclusive edition launched in 2008. These novelties have fans rejoicing.Says Souffir: "I simply love the brand new 5738R, with details such as the deep shade of the ebony sunburst dial plus the onyx cabochon on the crown, and ways in which the size and style is a lot more adapted to today's standards. Even though it's kind of tougher to make use of, the special is a superb work of expertise. I'm thankful that anniversary has enhanced the Golden Ellipse collection, which is so Patek, but which was just a little forgotten nowadays."(RELATED: The 60-second watch brand guide: Patek Philippe)This article is originally published on The Peak Singapore.
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