A very fine and unique brass and enamel square solar clock with pocket watch movement

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: 818
    Movement No: 873'252
    Case No: 818
    Material: Brass and enamel
    Calibre: Charged by photo-electric cell, 17-250, 28 jewels
    Dimensions: 141 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe carrying case. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with cloisonné enamel decoration in 1962 and its subsequent sale on 14 June 1963.
    Literature: For a cloisonné enamel dome clock with pocket watch movement, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches Volume II, page 404 and 405.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Fresh to the market, the present desk timepiece is the earliest example known of such a square clock, decorated with cloisonné enamel to have appeared in public. The mechanical movement wound by speed increasing gears activated approximately every 5 hours by electric micro-rotor powered by an accumulator charged by a photo-electric cell in the top of the clock. This photo-electric energy was created and patented by Patek Philippe in 1954. The theme of the cloisonné enamel is as unusual as the clock that it decorates, signed by Deville for Michel Deville (1924-2003). Deville was one of the first enamellers to use his talents to create some of the finest enamel decorations for Patek Philippe. He was known to infuse modernity into classical themes and had a cubist approach to illustrate these themes. It is thought that he was inspired by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Robert Delaunay. The cloisonné enamel is free of any restoration and is showing very vibrant colours. In exceptional condition throughout, this present lot is a terrific example.

  • 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. 818
A very fine and unique brass and enamel square solar clock with pocket watch movement

百達翡麗,非常精細及獨特,銅及琺瑯正方形太陽能座鐘,配懷錶機芯,型號818,1962年製

1962
141 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$300,000 - 500,000 

sold for HK$1,900,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016