- AN EXTRAORDINARY, PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN AND LIKELY UNIQUE TITANIUM WRISTWATCH WITH A DIAMOND-SET CASE BACK
REF 3928T-001 MVT 1379668 CASE 4253968 MADE IN 2003
- diameter 33 mm, thickness 7 mm
Additionally with a leather portfolio with schematic drawring and original Certificate of Origin with outer cardboard box, Patek Philippe original delivery coffin box and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on 24 November 2004 and one diamond weighing 9.44 cts.
The case back of this rare and almost certainly unique wristwatch, features an extraordinarily impressive 9.44ct, internally flawless, type IIa, D color diamond. Type IIa diamonds are exceedingly rare, comprising less than 2% of all diamonds, and are distinguished by extreme chemical purity. The diamond provides a mesmerizing view of the watch’s movement and contrasts spectacularly with the grey of the titanium case. Inspired by the classic “Officer’s” style watches of the early 20th century, this wristwatch has an understated yet classic elegance - the case front, with its matching grey silvered dial, masks the massive flawless diamond set to the center of the case back. The accompanying technical drawing demonstrates the exceptional complexity and intricacy of the diamond setting, yet it also reveals the practical application of details such as seals, to ensure that the watch can be used with regularity.
This wristwatch is the only "time only" Patek Philippe wristwatch known to have been made in titanium. The movement calibre (cal.8’’’ 177 02) was the thinnest movement available in Patek’s production at the time of this watch’s manufacture and allowed for the incorporation of additional case back setting rings for the diamond, whilst ensuring that the watch remained slim and unobtrusive. Such attention to detailing is also apparent in the traditionally styled numerals and hands which are all formed in titanium and thereby add yet another level of complexity, since the manufacture of dial detailing in this metal is far from standard production.
An exceptional wristwatch, the “Flawless Officer” perfectly demonstrates Patek Philippe’s ability to combine the technical with the aesthetic. The juxtaposition of utility and luxury, presented so neatly in this example, is a testament to taste, discretion and imagination. Only a creative mind with great aesthetic sense, along with the technical masters at Patek Philippe, could so ingeniously marry such contradictions so perfectly. For this wristwatch has not merely been designed to display its extraordinary diamond, but to serve as a practical and beautiful wristwatch to be worn and enjoyed.