An unusual and attractive asymmetric wristwatch with champagne dial, designed by Gilbert Albert

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: 3424
    Movement No: 857'553
    Case No: 2'622'904
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 8'''85, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 27mm Width and 39mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1962 and its subsequent sale on June 15, 1962.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gilbert Albert is beloved for his novel and daring designs that completely departed from the quotidian during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1955, Patek Philippe teamed up with the designer to produce a series of unusual wristwatches. The talented artist took inspiration from modern artists such as Brancusi and Mondrian, and his daring and unconventional case designs are considered as cutting-edge today as they were 40 years ago. Albert is known for his unconventional use of materials like coral, pearls and meteorite. The works have a harmony with nature in their form and color.

    There are few wristwatch models that have achieved a cult status like Gilbert Albert's Patek Philippe designs. Having resided in a private collection for many years, this watch is believed to be one of only four examples of reference 3424 in yellow gold with champagne dial and sector lines to have ever graced the auction market. With a crisp hallmark on the lug, the watch has been preserved in excellent condition.

  • Maker Bio

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 3424
An unusual and attractive asymmetric wristwatch with champagne dial, designed by Gilbert Albert

1962
27mm Width and 39mm Length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,400-22,300
$15,100-25,200

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019