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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2007
    Reference No: 5076
    Movement No: 3'355'550
    Case No: 4'287'223
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Mechanical, 215 PS, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe Henri Stern buckle stamped PPC
    Dimensions: 30 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 20 June 2007, instruction manual, product literature, sales tag and leather wallet.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch, part of a limited edition series of four watches, features orange and white coloured tropical fish swimming in the sea.

    Enamel painting has roots dating back to 14th century Byzantium. While a wide variety of enameling techniques exist, cloisonné remains a favorite among watchmakers and collectors due to the stringent level of care and watchmaking know-how it takes to create a miniature masterpiece.

    The word Cloisonné derives from the French word cloister, meaning ‘to partition’. Cloisonné is used in reference to the cloisons, or the gold wires that are used to separate the sections of enamel. To bring an enamel painting to life, the cloisons are painstakingly molded, hammered and set to the shape of the artisan’s desire. This process is extremely difficult because gold
    wire is very soft and requires delicate handling. The cloisons are then filled with enamel paste and subsequently placed in a kiln.

    The present set of cloisonné enamel watches, reference Ref. 5076 with rectangle case, are dedicated to salt water tropical fish. In accordance with Patek Philippe’s usual practice, the limited edition set comes with four watches, with each watch depicting two species of fish.

    All Patek Philippe cloisonné enamel watches use gold as the base of the enamel, and these four watches are no exception. Enamelers at Patek Philippe use their own secret composition to create the glaze, and paint with brushes as thin as human hair. Each piece is fired in the kiln at least 6 or 7 times to build nuance and color contrast between the cloisters.

  • 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. 5076
A very fine and rare platinum rectangular wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial and original certificate

Circa 2007
30 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$400,000 - 600,000 

Sold for HK$462,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am