Patek Philippe - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1956
    Reference No: 1593
    Movement No: 976'957
    Case No: 699'602
    Model Name: "Hour Glass"
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9'''-90, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Gay Frères bracelet, max. length 190mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold folding clasp stamped 4.54 signed GF for Gay Frères
    Dimensions: 41mm. Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Extract from the Archives confirming date of production of the present watch in 1956 and its subsequent sale on December 13, 1957

  • Catalogue Essay

    The exquisite reference 1593, also referred to by collectors as the “The Hour Glass”, was launched in 1944 and remained in production for over 20 years. Although most watches of this reference were made in gold, the present example is one of only a few known to be encased in platinum.

    The reference 1593 is considered by many to be among Patek Philippe’s best rectangular-shaped wristwatch designs. The beautiful silvered matte dial with raised enamel print is accented with diamond hour markers, encased in a rarely seen platinum case. The savvy collector will appreciate the diamond hour markers that are confirmed by the Extract from the Archives.

    When looking at the dial side of this stunning Patek Philippe, it is evident that it was nicknamed "Hour Glass" for multiple reasons. The sides of the case feature a gentle curvature that taper inwardly to the centre from both ends - resembling the lines of an hour glass. The creatively angled crystal enhances these curves with its facet positioned perfectly at the centre line of the case.

    To complete the look, it is fitted with a rare, period correct Gay Frères 18k white gold link bracelet that was later added to the watch. Being one of the few examples of this artistic reference known in such attractive condition makes this a rare opportunity for collectors.

  • 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. 1593
A fine and rare platinum rectangular wristwatch with diamond-set hour markers and white gold bracelet

41mm. Length
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF45,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm