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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1978
    Reference No: 1164
    Movement No: 1'803'506
    Model Name: "Geneva, 1997"
    Material: Gilt brass and cloisonné enamel
    Calibre: Cal. 33 photo-electric movement, 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 210mm high
    Signed: Dial and movement signed, enamel signed L Chappaz
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Patek Philippe fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Further with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch with cloisonné enamel scene of "Geneva, 1997" in 1978 and its subsequent sale on November 29th, 1983.
    Literature: Similar solar powered dome clocks are illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 404-411

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe established its Electronic Division in 1948 in order to study photoelectric, electronic and nuclear timekeeping. In time, the group created the first solar clock, which was soon awarded a Swiss patent. The firm cleverly used this technology and created solar power dome table clocks. To enhance the beauty of the pieces they were enameled, and today collectors vie for these treasured pieces. Each scene is unique and often was made at the request of the buyer.

    The theme of the present lot represents “Geneva 1997” with the old town seen from the perspective of Lac Leman. In vibrant colours and varying hues of blue, red, yellow and off white, boats are seen at anchor with the old town in the background. The domed top is the crest of Geneva in yellow, red, orange and blue.

    The enamel of the dome clock was created by Luce Chappaz a master enameller, who worked for the firm for much of the later twentieth century. Her name can be found as early as the 1950s, through the early 1990s. In addition to enamel clocks her signature is found on pocket watches and miniatures. The Extract from the Archives confirms the scene “Geneva 1997’ for this wonderfully vibrant clock, which is astounding condition. This is a rare opportunity to own a unique clock that is woven in to the 20th century history 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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Ref. 1164
An extremely fine and unique gilt brass solar power dome table clock with cloisonné enamel scene of 'Geneva, 1997' signed by L. Chappaz

210mm high
Dial and movement signed, enamel signed L Chappaz

HK$960,000 - 1,900,000 

Sold for HK$2,125,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017