Patek Philippe - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 930
    Movement No: 933'204
    Case No: 2'797'923
    Material: 18k yellow gold and enamel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 17-170, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 47 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 13 October 2005, product literature, leather wallet, slip case, fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel painting in 1986 and its subsequent sale 29 May 1991.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Property from an Important Collector

    This exquisite open face watch features a polychrome enamel miniature of Prince Boris Yusupov by G. Menni, after a portrait by French painter Jean-Antoine Gros in 1809. The original painting now resides in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Patek Philippe hardly created polychrome enamel paintings due to the exceedingly difficult and expensive process of creating such masterpieces. As a result, examples such as the present watch are very rare and highly sought-after today.

    Portraiture was a very specific genre in 19th century France. To commission a portrait was not simply an act of recreating ones appearance. Any portrait was laden with intention and projected a certain image for the subject. It was very common for a painter to exaggerate or emphasize certain characteristics to enhance whomever he was depicting.

    This portrait, painted during the Prince’s sojourn in France, features Yusupov riding his horse, proudly donning a decadent cape of ermine and velvet. Young Yusupov is festooned with tartar attributes such as a sabre, bow, arrow, pouch and boots. These adornments are decidedly not French. To appropriate from another culture implies conquering, or ‘taking’ from that culture. It is likely that Yusupov requested these adornments in order to enhance his image as a powerful and prosperous leader.

    The present watch is a vision of opulence and regality. Painstakingly rendered in polychrome enamel, Menni has faithfully recreated each fine detail to perfection, from the wisp of each feather, to the delicate pattern of the ermine. To view this watch is akin to experiencing a part of history. The present watch pays tribute to an important moment in French painting, and displays Patek Philippe’s strength in merging fine art with watchmaking.

    We are delighted, and honored, to present this fresh-to-the-market watch, lovingly preserved by its original owner. Offered in like-new condition, the present watch is accompanied with its original certificate and accessories.

    百達翡麗微繪琺瑯懷錶 尤蘇波夫王子

    富藝斯致力搜羅全球珍品,此枚罕有且精美細緻的百達翡麗微繪琺瑯懷錶,來自資深藏家的委託,作品臨摹拿破崙御用畫家Antoine-Jean Gros,於1809年所畫的名作 ”尤蘇波夫王子”,由百達翡麗御用微繪琺瑯大師G. Menni傾力完成,目前此名畫收藏於莫斯科的普希金博物館中。彩繪琺瑯製作過程需時且成本十分高昻,連百達翡麗也只生產過為數不多的精品,因此藏家們對品相良好的琺瑯作品追求若渴。

    ”尤蘇波夫王子”畫作,生動地描繪俄羅斯王子在法國停留期間的英姿,圖中可見年輕的尤蘇波夫王子身穿貂絨大衣,配戴華美且極具異國風情的弓箭刀靴,在在顯現出領征者的強大與王者風範。這幅畫亦帶有強烈國富民強的政治願景,琺瑯大師G. Menni 精心重現原畫的多彩色調,專注每個細節,甚至連貂皮上的細毛也描繪地十分細緻。透過欣賞這枚懷錶,不僅可以一窺歷史,亦再次驚嘆百達翡麗高超的製錶工藝及藝術傳承。


  • 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. 930
An exceptional and unique yellow gold openface watch with enamel miniature painted by G.Menni after a painting by Jean Antoine Gros with original certificate and fitted presentation box

47 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$800,000 - 1,500,000 

Sold for HK$2,960,000

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