11 March 2022
By Alfieyah Abdullah
Cortina Watch and Patek Philippe co-host a travelling exhibition
Cortina Watch and Patek Philippe commemorate five decades of partnership with a limited edition watch and a “Singapore Skyline” Dome Table Clock. The newly launched Patek Philippe Ref. 5057G-010 is a refreshed edition of the Ref. 5057R-001, which was created in 1997 in lieu of Cortina Watch’s 25th anniversary.
Gold watch for a gold jubilee
Bearing a commemorative inscription “Cortina Watch 50th Anniversary Since 1972”, the limited-edition wristwatch comes in white gold and still features a triple row guilloched “Clous de Paris” hobnail bezel as did its predecessor. A charcoal grey sunburst dial with a black-gradient rim, white transfer-printed Roman numerals with white gold, pear-shaped hands accent the timepiece.
The display indicates the date, moon phases, and power reserve on two subdials with a small seconds indication between the four and five o’clock hour markers. The watch – powered by the Caliber 240 PS IRM C LU – has an ultra-thin, self-winding movement with a 48-hour power reserve. To complete the look, this horological masterpiece is finished with a transparent sapphire caseback which houses the aforementioned inscription.
Celebrating Monuments Across Singapore
The “Singapore Skyline” unique dome clock in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel celebrates Singapore’s urban landscape: from the Merlion mascot to the Central Business District, Gardens by the Bay, the Esplanade, and Marina Bay Sands, in which Cortina Watch opened its second Patek Philippe boutique.
Using 9.2 metres of 24K gold wire measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section, an enameller cuts said wire into tiny segments and shapes it by hand to create the intricate detailing and contours of the Singapore skyline and its emblematic monuments.
The scene is brought to life with magical tints, complete with subtle gradations and layered effects to add dimension to the clock. In total, a palette of 50 enamel colours were used: 47 transparent, one opaque, and two opalescent. In turn, each individual enamelled plate required approximately 10 to 14 firings. The cascading explosion of 50 gold stars and fireworks were made using gold and silver dust.