Patek Philippe - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1900
    Movement No: 162'517
    Case No: 269'162
    Material: 18k yellow gold and enamel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 17'''
    Dimensions: 45 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with painted Egyptian ornament and blue enamel in 1900 and its subsequent sale on 17 July 1922.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ancient Egypt immediately captured the hearts and minds of western society, following the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb on 4 November 1922. The media breathlessly chronicled Howard Carter’s expedition, churning out fantastical stories about the archeological triumph. Egyptian culture influenced every aspect of society, from film, to literature, food and fashion. So smitten was the West that sociologists dub this era ‘Tutmania’.

    The horological world was not immune to ‘Tutmania’. During the 1920s, high-end watchmakers produced Egyptian inspired masterpieces, featuring precious materials and exquisite designs. During this period, Patek Philippe produced a few unique enamel masterpieces for its most exclusive client.

    Displaying ‘Tutmania’ in all its glory, this watch features a beautiful polychrome enamel portrait of Egyptian deity Geb. As the god of earth and fecundity, Geb is typically accompanied with a goose, seen on his crown. Two geese furthermore flank his head. Geb dons traditional garb, which is rendered in lush green enamel, evoking vegetation. Images of oxen, farmers and plants surround the deity, reinforcing his power and virtues.

    The polychrome enamel painting is rendered beautifully, capturing every small detail, down to the flick of the oxen’s ear. The enamel has been preserved in exceptional condition, considering its age, and the blue surround is painted with painstaking care. It is free of hairlines and cracks. The dial is equally stunning, as the enamel Arabic numerals exhibit bold and beautifully translucent tones. The white enamel is furthermore preserved in excellent condition without any imperfections.

    Only Patek Philippe had the ability to create works of art at this level, highlighting the rarity and importance of the present watch. Manufactured in 1900, this fresh-to-the-market-watch was coincidentally sold the very year of King Tut's discovery, and truly captures the zeitgeist of the 1920s.

    百達翡麗琺瑯懷錶 大地之神蓋柏


  • 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 highly exceptional, attractive and unique yellow gold and polychrome enamel openface watch depicting Egyptian deity Geb

45 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$500,000 - 1,000,000 

Sold for HK$4,040,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016