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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1898
    Movement No: 109'939
    Case No: 222'681, cuvette inscribed Made for Henry du Pré Bounetheau
    Material: 18k pink gold and polychrome enamel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17'''
    Dimensions: 47mm diameter
    Signed: Case and movement signed by maker, dial and movement signed by retailer.
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present with painted coat of arms and blue enamel in 1898 and its subsequent sale on August 14th, 1899.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present pocket watch is a lovely example of the specialty timepieces Patek Philippe is known to produce upon request. Fresh to the market, this open face pocket watch features an inscribed cuvette reading “Made for Henry Dupre Bounetheau 1899”. The case back has a polychrome enamel coat of arms, and under the black and white shield are the words ‘un dieu, un roi’. The case is further enhanced with blue enamel work to the bezel and edge of the case back, along with a chased band. While research has not determined the exact family crest, there are details, which lead us to surmise it belongs to the ‘Bounetheau’ family or close relative. Patek Philippe confirmed the coat of arms was present at the time the watch was manufactured in 1898, and the movement is signed by the retailer Greenleaf-Crosby, Jacksonville Fla. Research finds a Henry Dupre Bounetheau residing in Jacksonville Florida at the turn of the 20th century. He was the son of the mid-19th century miniaturist Henry and Julia Bounetheau.

    The present pocket watch is a wonderful example of the artistic expression and mastery Patek Philippe exhibits. The firm is well-known for its complicated pocket watches, but this watch demonstrates how fine their enamel work is as well. The watch is in excellent condition, and the enamel work beautifully preserved. Today, collectors seek to own vintage wristwatches, however nothing can compare to the incomparable enamel work of a Patek Philippe pocket watch.

  • 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 fine and rare pink gold and enamel openface pocket watch with coat of arms, made for Henry DuPré Bounetheau, and retailed by Greenleaf-Crosby

1898
47mm diameter
Case and movement signed by maker, dial and movement signed by retailer.

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 240,000 
€17,400-26,100
$20,000-30,000

Sold for HK$200,000

Contact Specialist
Ziyong Ho
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017