Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO Hong Kong Monday, May 30, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1990
    Reference No: 3881
    Movement No: 1'389'236
    Case No: 2'876'378
    Model Name: Ellipse Squelette
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Mechanical, 177 SQ, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 27 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with skeletonized dial in 1990 and its subsequent sale on 16 August 1991.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the early 1980s and 1900s, Patek Philippe produced some of the finest skeletonised watches on the market. The present reference 3881, along with reference 3880, was the firm’s first skeletonised wristwatch made in series. The watch is fully skeletonised highlighting the finely crafted movement. The outer ring is further enhanced by pave-set diamonds, which serves to bring attention to the fine craftsmanship. According to our research, less than 10 examples have appeared on the market thus far and the present lot is fresh to the market.

  • 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. 3881
A fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set cushion-shaped skeletonised wristwatch

27 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$150,000 - 250,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016