Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2009
    Reference No: 5077P-016
    Movement No: 3’238’738
    Case No: 4’445’306
    Model Name: Papillon
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 AIG 3, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by the Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped Patek Philippe Beijing dated 22nd October 2009, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, hang tag, envelope, slipcase, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    When it comes to the art of enamelling in timepieces, the first to be mentioned would often be Patek Philippe, with no surprise. Since the beginning of the 17th century, enamelling was highly demanded to adorn watchcases and decorate dials. Regarded as an endangered craft today, Patek Philippe keeps the tradition alive with spectacular alchemy of colors.

    Requiring extreme precision, endurance and patience, the substance of enamel is incredibly hard to work with. A substance based on silica sand, the enamel is transparent and is colored via metal oxides crushed into fine power and mixed with water to create a paste. Once applied on the surface and dried, it is inserted inside a kiln and heated with extremely high temperatures exceeding 800°C. With that said, the slightest imperfection on the surface developed during its heating process would mean that the dial would have to be redone again, until the perfect example is achieved by the skilled enameller, and thoroughly examined before it is eligible to be encased in a Patek Philippe case.

    One of Switzerland’s most respected and recognised master enameller, a gatekeeper for the artisanal craft over the last two decades is the one and only, Madame Anita Porchet. A name that is music to the ears for rare handcrafts collectors, an independent master enameller who’s works of art that have adorned on prestigious timepieces from coveted manufacture such as Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe. Graced with her signature, the present Patek Philippe Ref. 5077P-016 is one of such. Immersing in the world of miniature, the present cloisonné enamelled Peacock Butterfly scene framed within the sinuous lines of the Calatrava case is simply one of a kind. Expressed with flying colors, the spectacular pattern and vivid eyespots on the butterfly’s wings startle with elegance. Dancing in aromatic spring in the blooming fields, the scene is depicted with exquisite details. Since 1994, Madame Porchet set up her independent atelier near Lausanne Switzerland where she continues to carry out her enamelling work while passing on the skills to other artisans. It is worth noting that there are two type of signature that can be recognized as part of her work. While signature indicated with “A.P” are from her atelier under her art direction, on the other hand, the display of the full signature “A. Porchet” is works of art created solely by Madame Porchet, a true prized gem for collectors.

    The only example known by far, the present fresh-to-the-market masterpiece is kept in the collection of the original owner since 2009. Stunning in condition with beautiful presence on the wrist, it is a great opportunity for lovers and collectors of enamel timepieces to acquire an attractive and exceedingly rare example intricately crafted by the master enameller of Patek Philippe.

  • 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 an Important Asian Collector


Ref. 5077P-016
A highly rare and impressive platinum wristwatch with cloisonné enamel “Peacock butterfly” dial signed by Anita Porchet, Certificate of Origin and presentation box

Circa 2009
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$550,000 - 1,000,000 

Sold for HK$1,764,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022