Patek Philippe released the Gondolo collection in 1993. This collection embodies the spirit of the Art Deco style. The name of this family of watches comes from a distinguished Brazilian retailer, Gondolo and Labouriau, for which Patek Philippe manufactured the Chronometro Gondolo from 1902 to 1930. While many of Patek Philippe's watches focus on a classic aesthetic, the Art Deco collection exemplifies a group of timepieces that reflect a commitment to contemporary interpretation. However, in true form to the brand's outstanding reputation, Patek Philippe manages to create contemporary timepieces without sacrificing sophistication. A key component of the modern design of these models is the unusual face shape. A variety of shapes are available, including ovals, squares and abstract rectangles as well as other unique shapes. The smaller details of the faces also vary from model to model. Some are more simple and sleek whereas others contain more artistry, such as artistically rendered roman numerals. It is safe to say that the Art Deco collection prefers style over functionality, particularly more so than other Patek Philippe collections. Nonetheless, these timepieces feature simple and standard Patek Philippe inner workings. These watches are comprised of hand-wound movements and contain a forty-eight hour power reserve.
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