A rare and early yellow gold and black enamel openface pocket watch with Jean Adrian Philippe Winding System

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1857
    Case No: 13'781
    Material: 18k yellow gold and black enamel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 16
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case numbered, cuvette numbered and signed Invention & Exécution de Patek Philippe & Co. a Genève
    Accessories: Accompanied with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with engraved horse highlighted with black enamel in 1857 and its subsequent sale on February 20th, 1869

  • Catalogue Essay

    The field of horology has evolved over time with new technical advances allowing for better timekeeping and more complicated watches. One important change occurred in the 19th century when the keyless winding system was developed. Philippe created a simple and robust system, which was awarded a bronze medal at the 1844 Exhibition of Product of French Industry and later on April 22nd, 1845 he received patent no. 1317 for the system. While never commercially successful, it drew the attention of Antoine Norbert de Patek who sought out Philippe bringing him to Geneva where his firm began to employ the winding system.

    Fresh to the market, the cuvette of the watch is engraved No. 13781 Invention & Exécution de Patek Philippe & Co. a Genève indicating the present watch uses the Jean Adrien Philippe winding mechanism. In excellent overall condition, the watch is a wonderful reminder of the early years of Patek Philippe.

  • 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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A rare and early yellow gold and black enamel openface pocket watch with Jean Adrian Philippe Winding System

百達翡麗,罕有,18K黃金黑色琺瑯懷錶,搭載Jean Adrian Philippe 發明的專利上鍊系統,1857年製。附後補證書

1857
41mm Diameter
Case numbered, cuvette numbered and signed Invention & Exécution de Patek Philippe & Co. a Genève

Estimate
HK$24,000 - 40,000 
€2,700-4,500
$3,100-5,100

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Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019