Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII Geneva Saturday, May 8, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1978
    Reference No: 4321/4
    Movement No: 1'278'176
    Case No: 2'766'264
    Material: 18K yellow gold, diamonds, onyx and malachite
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 16- 250, 18 Jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold, diamond, onyx and malachite-set Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold, diamond, onyx and malachite-set Patek Philippe concealed clasp
    Dimensions: 35.5mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and necklace signed Patek Philippe, earrings, ring and necklace signed by maker JPE
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract of the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1978 and its subsequent sale on June 27, 1991 stating that the bracelet in yellow gold is composed of 222 diamonds, 4 onyx and five malachites, and that this timepiece is part of a jewellery set.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This incredible and exquisite yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet watch set with diamonds, onyx and malachite perfectly encapsulates the period's elegance and style. The timepiece features undulating diamonds, onyx and malachites, showcasing Patek Philippe's unparalleled workmanship.

    Reference 4321 was produced from 1976 and 1978, with each example produced 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.

    The timepiece, as stated from the Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives, is part of a jewellery set which is offered together with the lot. The jewellery set is composed of a necklace, earrings and rings all follow the same design and stone combination as the watch and all accessories stamped JPE. Jean-Pierre Ecoffey was known for producing bracelets, among other components for Patek Philippe during that time.

  • 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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Ref. 4321/4
An extremely exquisite, elegant and attractive yellow gold, onyx, diamond and malachite-set bracelet watch with matching earrings, necklace and ring

35.5mm Width
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and necklace signed Patek Philippe, earrings, ring and necklace signed by maker JPE

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF138,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021