Some designs seem to surprisingly captivate us more than others, while other designs have been boiled down to a science. Such is the case (pun not intended) in the case of the newly updated “Patek Philippe Ellipse” release, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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It was among a backdrop of turbulent times in the late 1960’s, due to worldwide spread civil unrest that included: the Vietnam War, the assassination of Main Luther King and the promise of space exploration as NASA launched the Apollo 8 to orbit the moon. That the “Patek Philippe” brand would ironically or coincidentally debut one of its most simply crafted timepieces, in the form of the “Ellipse” model, precisely in 1968.

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Although what at first glance is a modest and somber design, it is actually imbued with some quite esoteric qualities. For it seems the case proportions for this timepiece were based on the principle of the “Golden Ratio”. This is an ancient formula that many artists, scientists and other individuals have claimed symbolizes a “beautiful harmony”. These supposedly “aesthetically pleasing” proportions can be found in some aspects of nature and have been crafted into many artifacts, throughout time.

Some of the historical and contemporary designs based on the “Golden Ratio” and its enigmatic proportions of 1.6180339887 include the: Great Pyramid of Giza, the Taj Mahal, Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa, the Apple logo and many of nature’s fauna and flora. Quite an audacious claim, disputed by some, embraced by others, including Patek Philippe when they were originally crafting their “Ellipse” timepiece.

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This new version is made of 18k rose gold and comes in the slightly larger “jumbo” case size (comparatively to its original 1986 debut version) of 34.5mm x 39.5mm with a solid case back. While in thickness it comes in at a mere 6mm, made possible via the ultra-thin in-house Patek Philippe caliber 240 mechanical movement with a micro-rotor, which only measures 2.53mm.

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It also comes equipped with a setting-crown that features an onyx stone within it. The case is all topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).


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Time is exhibited on an ebony black sun-ray dial with gold applied hour index markers. This gleaming finish propelled by the sunburst finish is further enriched from pairing up with the aforementioned onyx set stone on the crown. All that wrapped with the warmth exuding from the 18k rose gold tone, provides this apparently simple design with a very appealing and effective visage. At its center are also 18k rose gold hands to point out the current hour and minutes, although the seconds hand has been omitted.


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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Jumbo

This “Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Jumbo” (Ref#: 5738R) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, PP caliber 240 with 27 jewels and 21,600 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound.

Patek-Philippe caliber 240 with 27 jewels and 21600

Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap with square scales and matching exposed hand-stitching, while secured to the wrist by an 18k rose gold prong buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Patek Philippe website here.

MSRP: $38,850.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az