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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 1499M
    Movement No: 1’804’762
    Model Name: "Pandas"
    Material: Gilt brass and cloisonné enamel
    Calibre: 17"250, photo-electric cell
    Dimensions: 210mm high
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, enamel signed FTille for France Tille
    Accessories: Delivered with Patek Philippe fitted presentation box, and Patek Philippe, Melchers China Service Report dated 13 December 2016. Further delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with “Pandas” scene in 2005 and its subsequent sale on July 22nd, 2005.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This fresh to the market dome clock is decorated with the polychrome cloisonné enamel scene “Pandas” as confirmed on the Extract from the Archives. The three horizontal panels have a vibrant light blue and green background suggestive of a mountain setting, while each panel has a black and white panda in various activities of their day. Sitting in reddish brown trees, one enjoys a bamboo meal, another surveys the scene, and the third is in relaxed repose. The dome features their frolicking cousins the red panda. The workmanship and technique is exquisite with each panda face a wonderful representation of thought and mind. The white dial with gilt chapter ring with Roman numerals and the Calatrava cross is surrounded by four plaques each with leaf motif.

    The present clock features the caliber 17”250 photo-electric cell. The dome is equipped with a rotating solar panel that is connected to a converter, which in turn powers the clock.

    In exceptional condition, the cloisonné enamel is free from restoration and defects and is a fine example of the quality and expertise required to make such a work of art. The enamel work is signed “FTille” for “France Tille” who has been involved in watchmaking since 1976. As a child, she was interested in drawing, and studied applied arts, ultimately setting up her own workshop. Today, she has exhibited works in Europe and her skill and technique vividly articulates the panda’s expression.

  • 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. 1499M
An extremely fine and unique gilt brass solar power dome clock with cloisonné enamel scene “Pandas” signed by France Tille with fitted presentation box

210mm high
Case, dial and movement signed, enamel signed FTille for France Tille

HK$800,000 - 1,800,000 

Sold for HK$2,187,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

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