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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2008
    Reference No: 1538M
    Movement No: 1’804’806
    Model Name: Neige de Printemps
    Material: Gilt brass and cloisonné enamel
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. 33’’’, with photo-electric cell in dome
    Dimensions: 220mm height
    Signed: Case numbered, dial signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped by Patek Philippe S.A.S Paris boutique, instruction leaflets, Large leather folder, small leather folder and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present dome clock “Neige de Printemps” in 2008 and its subsequent sale on 10 October 2009.
    Literature: Further examples of enamel dome clocks are illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches Vol. II, pp. 403 - 411.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe cloisonné enamel dome clocks have increased in value and collectability over the last decade, and are appreciated for their mid-20th century cutting edge technology and exquisite handcraftsmanship with each example a unique piece featuring a variety of themes. Patek Philippe opened their Electronic Division in 1948 to develop photoelectric, electronic and nuclear timekeeping technologies with the first known enamel dome clock dating to 1957. Since then the brand has continued to release these rare desk clocks, and in the ensuing years Patek Philippe’s enamelists have become well-known and respected artisans in the international market.

    Cloisonné enameling requires precision, and persistence to execute, and only a small number of artists are qualified to work on these unique timepieces, which can take up to a year to complete. The work is made more difficult due to the curved panels where the enamel lies. The present clock features the signature “L. Rhee” a little known enamellist, with this the third example to be offered at auction. Their work is based on nature with the other two clocks featuring “butterflies” and “water fowl” enamel panels.

    The present Patek Philippe solar dome clock from 2008 is an elegant and exquisite piece featuring “Neige de Printemps” or Spring Snow. The Japanese style theme reminiscent of Yukio Mishima’s 1960s serial is set with Japanese Cranes in a snowy landscape. The rust orange background enamel contrasts with the white and red cloisonné enamel of the crane’s feathers, the bright snow, and green foliage. The crane symbolizes longevity, luck and fidelity. The dial with Breguet numerals is further decorated with enamel work in the corners executed in the same style.

    Never before offered in public, this lovely desk clock is in wonderful original condition.

  • 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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Property from the Original Owner

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Ref. 1538M
A very fine and unique gilt brass solar power dome clock with cloisonné enamel scene “Neige de Printemps” by L. Rhee and Certificate of Origin

2008
220mm height
Case numbered, dial signed

Estimate
HK$620,000 - 1,160,000 
€66,200-124,000
$79,500-149,000

Sold for HK$1,764,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021