Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT Hong Kong Monday, May 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1853
    Case No: 7'832
    Material: 18k yellow gold and enamel
    Calibre: Key wound, cal. 14’’’ lever escapement
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Cuvette signed by maker and retailer, case and cuvette numbered
    Accessories: Accompanied by an associated brown leather presentation box and winding key. Further accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with floral enamel scene in 1853 and its subsequent sale on December 4th, 1854.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While today’s collectors most often associate Patek Philippe with exceptional wristwatches, in particular those with complications, the firm’s history, which began in 1839, has long excelled in artistic representations like the present multi-chrome enamel pocket watch to the present day. The tradition of “bell horologerie” or “beautiful watchmaking” pairs skilled watchmakers with craftsmen specializing in engraving, enameling and gem-setting. Patek Philippe worked with the most highly skill artisans resulting in works of art like the present timepiece. The flowers are artistically rendered with a life like quality and appeal in vibrant and bright hues and tones all set against a garnet enamel background. Owning an enamel pocket watch is to own part of the history of Patek Philippe. The tradition continues to this day with the firm producing very limited numbers of enamel pocket watches and dome clocks, rendered by some of the most important names in 20th century enameling, like Suzanne Rohr and G. Menni.

  • 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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A very fine and attractive yellow gold and enamel openfaced pocket watch, retailed by H. B. Stanwood & Co., Boston

36mm Diameter
Cuvette signed by maker and retailer, case and cuvette numbered

HK$88,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$112,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019