Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: X Geneva Saturday, November 9, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2010
    Reference No: 982/129
    Movement No: 1'956'032
    Case No: 4'712'704
    Material: 18K yellow gold, enamel and rubies
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17''', 20 jewels
    Dimensions: 43.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated August 4, 2011, slip case and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Imagined as beautiful works of art, Patek Philippe's collection of Rare Handcrafts pays tribute to the traditions of watchmaking and the decoration of timepieces. Every year, the manufacture creates very limited one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase their artisans' prowess in a variety of techniques ranging from enameling to hand engraving. Patek Philippe in particular specializes in the painstaking art of enamel. To apply enamel on a limited canvas, such as an open face watch, requires extremely delicate handling and high technical ability, as enamel is particularly prone to cracking.

    Fresh to the auction market and prominently showcased as a novelty during the 2010 Baselworld, the present watch depicts roses rendered in cloisonné enamel. While the front of the watch depicts a bouquet of flowers the back displays one large rose that displays contrasting shades ranging from dark red to baby pink. Undulating gold leaves made of paillonné provide flair and texture, and rubies are scattered on the bow. Even the crown is made of one single briolet ruby, attesting to the manufacture's eye for detail.

    As with all of Patek Philippe's enamel masterpieces, the present watch was made as a single piece only and only allocated upon special request. It comes as no doubt that its owner was a faithful and important client of the brand. It furthermore is forever preserved in the history of the manufacture , having been prominently showcased at Baselworld in 2010.

  • 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. 982/129
A unique, impressive and highly attractive yellow gold, paillonné enamel and ruby-set open face watch with power reserve depicting roses, original certificate and fitted presentation box

43.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF187,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019