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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1992
    Reference No: 1359
    Movement No: 1'804'512
    Material: Gilt brass and enamel
    Calibre: Charged by photo-electric cell, 33'''
    Dimensions: 210 mm. high
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present clock with cloisonné enamel decoration "fishes" with white and gold dial and black pained numerals in 1992 and its subsequent sale on 30 October 1992.
    Literature: For other Patek Philippe cloisonné enamel dome clocks, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pages 408 and 409.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example is decorated with a “poissons”, or “fish” theme, as confirmed by the Certificate of Origin. The background is painted in subtle and varying hues, ranging from swathes of deep forest green, to light yellow chartreuse accents. Schools of tropical fish, rendered in polychrome cloisonné enamel, contrast with the water. They are scattered throughout, providing vivid pops of colour. The artisan’s use of gold cloisons is particularly impressive here, given the number of small and delicate fish rendered throughout the clock. The artist’s initials, MG, are furthermore painted on the edge of the panel.

    The clock itself is preserved in astounding condition. There is no restoration to the panels, and the enamel remains intact, exhibiting its bold hues with no losses. Dome Clocks are increasingly collectible and valuable today, due to their rarity and technical superiority. To find one like the present example, complete with its Certificate of Origin and original fitted presentation box, is nothing short of extraordinary.

  • 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. 1359
An extremely fine and unique gilt brass solar power dome table clock with cloisonné enamel scene 'Poissons' signed MG, original certificate and fitted presentation box

210 mm. high
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$800,000 - 1,600,000 

Sold for HK$1,000,000

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