Patek Philippe celebrates Hausmann & Co. and Rome with an unforeseen limited edition collection
The collaboration between Hausmann & Co. and Patek Philippe dates back to more than a hundred years.
The Maison, in the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the historical watchmaking and jewellery shop, as well as of the new Patek Philippe Boutique’s opening, created an exclusive collection of timepieces, honouring the historical partner and the city of Rome.
Since 1794 Hausmann & Co. sets the time of the Capital city and Patek Philippe played with the lexical construction of the number 225 – the years of activity – to develop the entire collection:
Two The models of the collection ‘Rare Handcraft’ with cloisonné enamel dial, drawing Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and Castel Sant’Angelo: both of them are unique pieces.
Hundred The watches of the Calatrava collection ref. 5296, 50 in rose gold and 50 in white gold. The peculiarity is the indication at 12 o’clock in roman numeral.
Twenty-five The timepieces of the collection World Time ref. 5230R with guilloché central dial in red-purple, which is the distinctive colour of Rome. The indication of the city of Rome on the time zones’ dial further enriches the timepiece.
The dates marking the jubilee of Hausmann & Co. are engraved on the back or on the sapphire-crystal, according to the reference, which encloses the self-winding mechanical movements.
Calatrava ref. 5296R-016 and 5296G-017
The Calatrava collection, a limited series of fifty timepieces for each reference, introduces for this particular occasion a rose gold case with a grey sunburst dial, and a white gold case with a blue sunburst dial.
At 12 o’clock the number is in roman numeral, with an unforeseen concave shape of the indexes, especially created by Patek Philippe to celebrate the Eternal City.
The alligator straps are hand-stitched and paired to the dial, mat black and mat blue. The self-winding mechanical movement presents a central rotor in rose gold 24 ct. The engraving “Hausmann & Co. 1794-2019” decorates the sapphire-crystal back.
World Time ref. 5230R—013
Twenty-five pieces represent the World Time collection. Rose gold case, guilloché central dial in red-purple, with an indication of 24 time zones on a rotating ring.
The GMT+1 time zone, traditionally marked with Paris, for this special occasion is dedicated to the city of Rome, coloured in red.
The mat brown strap is hand-stitched. Self-winding mechanical movement, with a decentralised micro-rotor in rose gold. Also for this timepiece, on the back, the engraving “Hausmann & Co. 1794-2019” embellishes the sapphire-crystal.
Rare Handcraft – ref. 5098G-081 and ref. 5089G-082
The Rare Handcraft collection pays homage to two iconic places of the Capital city: Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and Castel Sant’Angelo.
The “Piazza di Spagna” timepiece displays the Church of ‘Trinità dei Monti’, surrounded by the azalea flowers adorning the famous steps during springtime.
In order to realise the precious dial, the enameler used some 65 centimetres of ultrathin gold wire, and 22 colours of enamel with 9 firings at a temperature of 820 degrees C°.
The shiny blue alligator strap is hand-stitched, the movement has a self-winding mechanical movement. The full white gold back displays the engraving “Hausmann & Co. 1794-2019”
The Castel Sant’Angelo timepiece, an iconic place in the history of Rome, enhances one of the statues of the bridge in front of the castle, known as “Angel of the plague”.
To realise this dial the artisan used some 51 centimetres of ultrathin gold wire, and 14 colours of enamel with 9 firings at a temperature of 820 degrees C°.
The shiny brown alligator strap is hand-stitched, the movement has a self-winding mechanical movement. The full white gold back displays the engraving “Hausmann & Co. 1794-2019”