Among the spectacular parade of special editions was a ladies’ minute repeater, with a beautiful blue enamel dial. It contains the new Caliber R 27 PS. The case is set with 160 diamonds using the fake Patek’s proprietary Flamme setting.
The Flamme setting focuses on the metal surrounding the diamond instead of focusing on the cut of the diamond itself to achieve high light return. After setting the stones, the gemsetter uses a burin to split the gold between each diamond, exposing part of the lower half and allowing light to pass through. Not only does the technique release more brilliance, it creates a lace-like engraved pattern in the gold around the setting that adds even more sparkle.
The second ladies’ special edition is a companion piece to the men’s new 300-piece Patek Philippe World Time New York Special Edition, but in even smaller quantities. The ladies’ cheap replica watch is limited to two 75-piece editions (rose or white gold) with diamond-set bezels and dials that, like the men’s, are relief-embossed with a depiction of the New York skyline.
“The movement is the secret to creating great ladies’ watches,” Patek president Thierry Stern told me at the exhibition opening. “You have to be able to produce very fine, ultra-thin movements. That is something the fake Patek Philippe replica has.
These special editions are part of a growing lineup of impressive ladies’ timepieces lately introduced by Patek, including not just complications but high jewelry replica watches that rival the artistry of Cartier. “But it’s not easy to find the right pieces, because for men, it’s a lot about the technical aspect, and for women it’s more about design. I believe Sandrine, as a woman, is a good judge. I can design a ladies’ watch, but as a man, I will never wear it. When she designs a ladies’ watch, she designs something she could wear. And she has good taste.”
Then you have the technical woman. She understands the technical side, she is successful and does not need anybody to give her a watch. She already has a quartz watch maybe, but she wants something different. She is the one looking for a complication. She is willing to have a chronograph or something like that, but with a ladies’ fit.
The third one is the next generation customer. They are also willing to have an automatic movement, but something more simple and functional for every day, without diamonds and with an automatic movement. The most suitable ones are on the Nautilus side. I also have to be very careful because I should not change my own strategy to design something only for them. We have to propose something nice for them without losing all the rest.