Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE Geneva Saturday, May 14, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1912
    Movement No: 176'140
    Case No: 291'715
    Model Name: Chronometro Gondolo "Carré Cambré"
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12''', 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated buckle
    Dimensions: 30mm width x 30mm length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of this watch in 1912 with the present movement featuring gold wheels and sale on December 19, 1913

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s “Gondolo” modern collection was launched in 1993 drawing inspiration from the Art-Deco stylings of the early 1920s. Patek Philippe’s original “Chronometro Gondolo” watches, like the present example, were made between 1902 and 1930 for the Brazilian retailer, Gondolo & Labouriau.

    Its masculine square case impresses with its geometric, but softly rounded lines, featuring a hinged caseback. The present example is one of just nine watch models known-to-date that were commissioned by the owners of Gondolo & Labouriau. To date, scholarship only accounts for two Patek Philippe Gondolo & Labouriau wristwatches with center seconds, and the present example is the only one housed in a square case. The other one is fitted in an officer style case. All Gondolo & Labouriau wristwatches were equipped with movements of the highest finish, meeting the exact requirements set by the Brazilian firm: three wheels and wheel train made in 9 karat gold, cam-wheel regulator, moustache lever and mainspring barrel arbor fitted with a pierced socket. These characteristics were often found in the high-end, ébauches movements supplied by LeCoultre, of course later finished by Patek Philippe to their highest standards. The watch’s silvered dial has a wonderful shine and both the signature and minute markings are ahead of their time giving off an Art-Deco vibe in black enamel.

    The present “Gondolo” wristwatch is in overall very good condition for a watch of its age, and offers great value for the collector.

  • Artist Biography

    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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An extremely rare and elegant square-shaped yellow gold wristwatch with indirect center seconds and hinged case, retailed by Gondolo & Labouriau

30mm width x 30mm length
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 70,000 

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The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE

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