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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Swiss Watches Review

Updated on March 16, 2011

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse breaks away from the stately solidity of Calatrava. In this collection Patek Philippe assert their artistic side, designing a set of unconventional looking watches. Golden Ellipse case architecture was inspired by the “golden ratio” -- a set of proportions that occurs in nature.

While the desire to appear “natural” may initially sound overambitious, Patek Philippe achieve it by stripping the collection of most features usually found in high-end luxury watches, minimizing technological and otherwise man-made involvement. As a result, Golden Ellipse epitomizes unity, reflecting a singular, naturally flowing character.

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Design: Elusive Allure

Golden Ellipse does everything to draw attention to its unique shape. There are no seconds hands and no numerals, the most basic element of art, the line, serves to make both the indices and the hands. The only visual embellishment consists of the use of deep color – but even color enhances the elliptic shape. However, this is not exactly an ellipse. Indeed, there would be nothing original in employing this familiar geometric form; Golden Ellipse expands and alters it, bringing it closer to a rectangle with streamlined angles. There is something elusive about this form, and that's what makes it so alluring.

Additional Features

Golden Ellipse includes several other features that support the overall design in one way or another. First, the watches are made ultra-thin, which accentuates the delicacy of the oval form. Second, the color of the dials, blue, brown, or brown-grey is applied in a sunburst fashion, creating inner radial symmetry that accords with the hands and the indices (which repeat the rays and “support” the case from the inside). Third, the cases are cast of either gold or platinum, precious metals that can be surprisingly discreet when used in moderation and with taste. Finally, Golden Ellipse avoids gender definitions, instead offering two formats, the smaller being more suitable for ladies.

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