Patek Philippe Gondolo Men's Swiss Watches Review
Patek Philippe and Art Deco
Patek Philippe Gondolo men's collection, inspired by Art Deco, introduces true style to the company's oeuvre. Principles of strictness and austerity are put aside in favor of a free-flowing design and aesthetic adventurousness.
Gondolo includes several variations of watches, all in a more or less rectangular shape, none of which looks like the other.The collection's explicit preference for style over technology is manifested by the hand-wound movements and the relatively uncomplicated calibers (18 jewels, 5 bridges, less than two days power reserve and less than 150 parts).
Instead, there is a broad stylistic variety: Roman and Arabic (Breguet) numerals, colored dials (opaline, rose, crème, blue) with elaborate patterns and guilloche, various kinds of hands, and more.
Gondolo Men's: Trapeze, Rectangle, Tonneau
Gondolo men's watches differ significantly from Gondolo ladies in their methods, so to speak. Despite the adventurousness, men's watches eschew obvious fashionable statements, opting for formal, strict interpretations of Art Deco directives.
Yet since Art Deco, in essence, subverts strictness, a certain imbalance may occur as a result. In other words, Gondolo men's try to have it both ways – keep the strictness that became so associated with the Patek Philippe brand one the one hand, and put on some fashionable curves on the other. I think that the collection succeeds, but not without some comic excesses.
Some of the models, for instance the Trapeze, display a certain goofiness and instability – characteristic some men would rather avoid, but others will actively seek.
Besides the Trapeze, Gondolo also includes a tonneau case, a pure rectangular watch, and a case with pyramid-like additions to the sides. Overall, though Gondolo displays minor vulnerabilities (again, a double-edged quality that some may like while others may prefer to leave out of their repertoire), it brims with tastefulness, which becomes the real force behind Art Deco designs.
There's a touch of femininity in this collection, a quality neither the size nor the shape can conceal. Patek Philippe's Gondolo bears broad resemblances to several high-end luxury collections by other Swiss watchmakers: Audemars Piguet Millenary, and Vacheron Constantin women's Egerie – both of which experiment with the shape of the case, as well as with dial's composition.