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RETAIL | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Patek Philippe unveils Calatrava Ref 7200/200R

The Flamme setting is dubbed "the new sparkling robe".

With the debut of the Calatrava Ref. 7200/200R, Patek Philippe is enriching its current collection by introducing a new gemsetting technique. With the name Flamme®registered for the horological industry, it redoubles the fire of the diamonds and adds extra sparkle and lucidity to the precious stones. 

It addresses the demand among many women for a classicpiece of inimitable finesse.The bezel of the Calatrava 7200/200R in rose gold features 142 diamonds set in two staggered rows.

Once the stones have been placed in their intended positions, the gemsetter manually sculpts a small prong for each one and then bends it over the diamond to secure it on one side from above. Then, with a sharp burin, he splits the gold between the diamonds. Pushed aside, the gold material forms small supports that secure the diamonds adjacent to the groove from below.

Thanks to staggered apertures beneath the stones, the light can also shine through them from below, thus amplifying the inherent fire of the diamonds. Because the prongs are offset against each other as well, they create a texture on the bezel that resemblesbobbin lace.Like the stonesetting methods used for all of the manufacture's other jewelry watches, the new Flamme®setting technique reflects the genuine artistry of master jewelers and is executed in accordance with the rigorous rules of the Patek Philippe Seal.

They dictate that only superb, flawless Top Wesselton diamonds beused.Inthe new Calatrava 7200/200R, the Flamme®setting elegantly showcasesthe classic design of the ultra-thin Officer's-style case in 18K rose gold. A silvery grained dial with applied rose-gold Breguet numerals, minute pearls, and Poire Stuart hour and minute hands in rose gold accentuate the harmony of this watch.

This feminine appeal is emphasized by the hand-stitched shiny royal purple alligator strap with large square scales anda prong buckle decorated with 26 brilliant-cut diamonds. The course of time is tracked by the ultra-thin self-winding mechanical caliber 240 movement that can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back.

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