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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 754
    Movement No: 873'278
    Case No: 851
    Model Name: "Teinturerie"
    Material: Gilt brass and cloisonné enamel
    Calibre: Cal. 17'''250, photo-electric cell
    Dimensions: 210mm high
    Signed: Dial and movement signed, enamel signed MD for Michel Deville
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Further with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present clock with cloisonné enamel decoration "Teinturerie" in 1963 and its subsequent sale on March 29th, 1963.
    Literature: For other Patek Philippe cloisonné enamel dome clocks, please see Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pages 408 and 409.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe cloisonné enamel dome clocks have over the past 20 years increased in both popularity and value as the appreciation for their fine enamel workmanship has grown. Each clock is uniquely made, and is a synergy between modern technology and traditional handcraftsmanship. The present clock features the caliber 17-250, photo-electric cell with a rotating solar panel, which activates a converter inside the clock, and in turn powers the mechanical movement. The skill to complete these wonderfully vibrant representations was limited to a select group of enamellist.

    The present example displays “teinturerie’ or dye works, and is an interesting combination of a traditional dyeing workshop, and modern industry. The background is painted in subtle and varying hues, ranging from swathes of dark blue to turquoise with highlights from hues of orange, red, brown and black. The daily life of the labour is brought to life as they dye, wash and wring the fabric. The dome top features an eclectic scene of modern travel. In addition to a plane, luxury cruise liner and train, there are two representations of the globe with North and South America on one side and Asia on the other. The enamel work is marked MD for Michel DeVille, who was known for his vibrant colours and hues, and his signature can be found on different Patek Philippe Dome clocks.

    In lovely original condition, the cloisonné enamel is free of restoration and is fine example to add to any collection.

  • 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. 754
An extremely fine and unique gilt brass solar power dome table clock with cloisonné enamel scene, 'Teinturerie' signed MD, with fitted presentation box

210mm high
Dial and movement signed, enamel signed MD for Michel Deville

HK$960,000 - 1,900,000 

Sold for HK$2,375,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017