Patek Philippe: Band of Gold

by Pressroom

Patek Philippe’s newest reinvention of its Golden Ellipse pays homage to a 1970s classic with an ultra-thin calibre and a new bracelet design

Patek Philippe, the prestigious Swiss watchmaker, has reintroduced the chain-style bracelet to its iconic Golden Ellipse collection, marking a notable return to a design element that defined the brand’s watches in the late 20th century. The new Golden Ellipse Reference 5738/1R-001 is distinguished by its rose gold case and bracelet, paired with an ebony-black sunburst dial featuring rose gold hour markers and hands. 

This model is powered by the ultra-thin calibre 240 self-winding movement, maintaining a slim profile of just 5.9 mm, making it the thinnest watch in Patek Philippe’s regular collection.

Originally launched in 1968, the Golden Ellipse has been celebrated for its distinctive design, which is inspired by the ancient golden ratio, blending circular and rectangular shapes to achieve harmonious proportions. Over the decades, the collection has seen various interpretations in different metals and dial colours, including a notable platinum model for its 40th anniversary in 2008, and a large rose gold model with a black dial in 2018.

The reintroduction of the chain bracelet, a hallmark of the 1970s Golden Ellipse models, reflects Patek Philippe’s commitment to blending tradition with innovation. The new bracelet design, developed over 15 years, features a modern, patented construction that addresses previous technical limitations, particularly in terms of adjustability. Comprising 363 parts, including over 300 individually hand-assembled links, the bracelet ensures both comfort and elegance.

This reinvention of a classic not only pays homage to Patek Philippe’s rich heritage but also showcases the brand’s continuous pursuit of technical excellence and aesthetic refinement. The new Golden Ellipse Reference 5738/1R-001 stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of one of Patek Philippe’s most iconic designs.

Images courtesy of Patek Philippe. All rights reserved.

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