Besides being renowned for the complicated movements of its men’s watch collections, Patek Philippe designs marvelous, simplistic and yet very elegant watches for women. Launched in 1993, the Gondolo Ladies’ collection by Patek Philippe espouses the brand’s interpretation of the Art Deco spirit.
During the period between 1902 and 1930, Patek Philippe created an exclusive watch collection for the Brazilian retailer called “Gondolo and Labouriau”. The name of the current collection of ladies’ watches from Patek Philippe called the Gondolo gets its name from these origins.
A representative from this collection is Ladies’ Gondolo 4869/1R Rose Gold.
The watch has a quartz movement is ultra-thin. Its elegant square 18K rose gold casing is beautifully married to a rose gold “Pearls” bracelet. The color of the dial is ‘Chocolate Sunburst’ and complements the rose gold casing perfectly. There are four roman numerals at the 12, 3 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The bezel is mounted with 81 diamonds – approx 0.83cts. The use of rose gold and diamonds in the construction of the Patek Philippe Ladies Gondolo isn’t garish; rather the watch is an understatement of form. It’s also a practical watch; it’s water resistant to 25 meters.
Another star from the Gondolo Ladies’ collection is the 4972G “Serata” Model.
Again, this watch has an ultra-thin quartz movement. The casing of this watch from Patek Philippe is rectangular in form with the side edges being concave – the shape is reminiscent of a lady’s torso – and is set in 130 diamonds. In order to appreciate the mother-of-pear, the dial is very simple with Arabic numbers as 12 and 6 o’clock. This model comes in 18K white gold, Guilloche Mother-of-Pearl Dial and dark blue satin strap.
My personal favorite from the Patek Philippe Ladies’ Gondolo collection has to be the 4992G “Gemma” Model.
Unlike those previous discussed, the watch has a hand-wound movement. This does make the watch a little less thin than the other two, but its overall design gives it a feel of sleek, smooth lines.
The Patek Philippe 4992G has a lozenge-shaped casing of 18K white gold set with 285 diamonds (approx. 2.04cts). The dial is mother-of-pearl with paved diamond center. There are no numerals on the dial. The pastel rose stain strap gives the watch a very feminine and care-free look.
Many who are successful in life want to display their success by wearing an expensive Swiss watch. All too often the watch chosen is a Rolex. There’s nothing wrong with buying a Rolex but those who have just a little knowledge about Swiss watches will always desire a Patek Philippe. A Patek Philippe watch is the Rolls-Royce of the watch world. Each watch is still handmade. The company still makes all its own movements. Patek Philippe watches are expensive but for a reason; they are simply acknowledged as being the best because of their design and construction, and that doesn’t come cheap.