Patek Philippe - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 1117
    Movement No: 1'803'474
    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 Guarantee dated 21 September 1978, retail card indicating the original price of 26,000 Swiss Francs and instruction manual. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present clock with cloisonné enamel with 'Les Voiliers de la Découverte' theme in 1977 and its subsequent sale on 19 September 1978.
    Literature: For a Patek Philippe cloisonné enamel dome clock from the same period, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pages 408 and 409.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe cloisonné enamel dome table clocks have increased in value and collectability tremendously in the last few years. Each piece is unique with varying themes and only a very small select number of artists are qualified to work on such objects that have curves to the panels where the enamel lies.

    The enamel of the present dome clock was created by Elisabeth Perusset Lagger in 1977. The theme of this dome clock takes inspiration from the famous voyage of Vasco De Gama when he successfully sailed from Portugal to India via Africa, which enabled Portugal to become dominant world power in the 15th and 16th centuries. This new route allowed Portugal to bypass the treacherous Mediterranean Sea. The enamel depicts his sail boat, the African nation alongside a compass, fishes, sea, lightening and angels blowing wind, helping De Gama with his voyage.

    This clock has been kept hidden away from the world and is in excellent overall condition with very brightly coloured enamel panels. The clock, in additional to the certificate and retail card, still retains its original sticker on the bottom of the case.

  • 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. 1117
An extremely fine and unique gilt brass solar power dome table clock with cloisonné enamel by Elisabeth Perusset Lagger, original certificate and retail card

210 mm. high
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$640,000 - 960,000 

Sold for HK$1,875,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016