A lady’s extremely exclusive yellow gold, lapis lazuli and diamond-set wristwatch with matching ring, earrings and box

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 4399/1
    Movement No: 1'277'727
    Case No: 2'766'303
    Material: 18k yellow gold, lapis lazuli and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 16-250, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold, lapis lazuli and diamonds, 180mm length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold and diamonds
    Dimensions: 30mm. x 27mm.
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by matching earrings and ring as well as an Extract from the Archives confirming date of production in 1977 and its subsequent sale on March 5, 1978, a fitted suitcase and key

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe has always been on the cutting edge of lady’s wristwatch design since their earliest years. One can’t help but be impressed by their 19th century enamel and diamond-set pendant watches, their elegant diamond timepieces from the 1920s and 1930s, or today by their highly successful modern ladies’ wristwatch the “Twenty 4”.
    The present lot, of which only one other example is known, is a wonderful example of the panache and flamboyance of watch manufacturing from the 1970s. The bold design is both a declaration of artistic liberty and an ode to couture fashion and sophistication. This playful timepiece dazzles with its feminine yellow gold case set with 280 brilliant diamonds, (approximately 4.23 carats) and lapis lazuli. The watch is further enhanced by its matching Patek Philippe earrings and ring – chic, complementing accessories forming a rare and complete ensemble. As fashionable today as it was 40 years ago, this timepiece and jewellery set can easily go from everyday casual to glamourous evening wear.

  • 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. 4399/1
A lady’s extremely exclusive yellow gold, lapis lazuli and diamond-set wristwatch with matching ring, earrings and box

1977
30mm. x 27mm.
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 40,000 
€27,500-36,700
$30,900-41,200

sold for CHF37,500

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