An exquisite, elegant and attractive yellow gold, onyx, diamond and chrysoprase-set bracelet watch, from the collection of Catherine Deneuve

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1975
    Reference No: 4321-2
    Movement No: 1'274'243
    Case No: 2'760'473
    Material: 18K yellow gold, diamonds, onyx and chrysoprase
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 16- 250, 18 Jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold, diamond, onyx and chrysoprase Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 168mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold, diamond, onyx and chrysoprase concealed clasp
    Dimensions: 35.5mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1976 with yellow gold bracelet with stones, 154 diamonds totaling approximately 2.06 carats, 8 cabochons onyx and 11 chrysoprase and its subsequent sale on July 22, 1976.
    Provenance: From the collection of Catherine Deneuve.

  • Provenance

    From the collection of Catherine Deneuve.

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is with great honor and pleasure for Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo to offer the present timepiece - a stunning and exquisite Patek Philippe bracelet watch lavishly set with diamonds, onyx and chrysoprase, hailing from the collection of award-winning actress, model, producer and activist Catherine Deneuve. An original multi-hyphenate, she is France's cultural symbol and archetypal actress, having starred in multiple zeitgeist-capturing films that span decades.

    Born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac, Deneuve made her film debut in André Hunebelle's Les Collégiennes at age 13. While the then-fledgling actress landed her breakout role in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, it was not until she starred in Belle de Jour that she became a true cinematic icon. Through the subversive and transgressive masterpiece, Deneuve pushed the boundaries of propriety and convention. Donning Yves Saint Laurent from head to toe, protagonist Séverine Serizy and by extension Deneuve herself, embodied the Parisian spirit of beauty, charm, style and wit. The movie received countless plaudits and the actress transformed into the instant darling of the cinematographic world.

    Catherine Deneuve's accolades are endless. With an Honorary Palme d'or under her belt and having received over 14 French Cesar Awards nominations, Deneuve has starred in over 100 films. Today she is still heavily active and involved in the world of Arts. In 1985 she became quite literally, the symbol of the French Republic, officially becoming the embodiment of Marianne, the personification of liberty and reason and a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty.

    This yellow gold bracelet watch perfectly encapsulate's the icon's elegance and style. Designed with undulating diamonds, onyx and chrysoprase, it boasts workmanship that is next-to-none and showcases Patek Philippe's unparalleled workmanship.

    Reference 4321 was produced between 1976 and 1978. Each example was produced piece by piece, each offering a slightly different variation of stone and shape. The reference perfectly captures the spirit of the era - its sloping forms, radical shape and expressive design showcases the ideals of freedom, design and self-expression of the 1970s. It thus comes as no surprise that a boundary-pushing icon such as Catherine Deneuve would choose such an arresting timepiece for her personal collection.

  • 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. 4321-2
An exquisite, elegant and attractive yellow gold, onyx, diamond and chrysoprase-set bracelet watch, from the collection of Catherine Deneuve

Circa 1975
35.5mm Width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 
€17,800-35,600
$20,100-40,300

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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