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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 1327
    Movement No: 1'803'815
    Model Name: “Chevaux de feu”
    Material: Gilt brass and cloisonné enamel
    Calibre: 33, photo-electric movement
    Dimensions: 220mm height
    Signed: Dial and movement signed, case numbered
    Accessories: With red Patek Philippe fitted presentation box. Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with cloisonné enamel “Chevaux de feu” in 1986 and its subsequent sale on October 6th, 1986
    Literature: Similar solar powered dome clocks are illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, pp. 404-411

  • Catalogue Essay

    Throughout history, the horse has been represented as a symbol of freedom, a harbinger of good luck, indicator of travel and movement, and in some cultures as an emblem of war. With this exquisite cloisonné enamel clock, the horses move over the panels in a wave-like pattern and the expression of movement is skillfully executed and rendered. The polychrome cloisonné enamel dome and panels are a rich mixture of hues in red, orange, brown, grey with flourishes of blue green.

    Patek Philippe first presented their dome clocks in 1955 at the World Symposium and demonstrated the innovated technique for transforming light energy in to electrical energy for the purpose of mechanical movement. The firm established their Electronic Division in 1948 in order to study photoelectric, electronic and nuclear timekeeping. This department made groundbreaking work on this growing and very valuable source of energy.

    The present clock first appeared in the market in 2007 and remains very well preserved. The enamel work is signed by Luce Chappaz, one of the skilled enamellers working for the firm during much of the latter half of the 20th century. In wonderfully original condition and with its presentation box, this lovely clock is an important reminder of the many technical advances that Patek Philippe has been a part.

  • 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. 1327
An extremely fine and unique gilt brass solar power dome clock with cloisonné enamel scene “Chevaux de feu” by Luce Chappaz, with Patek Philippe fitted presentation box

1986
220mm height
Dial and movement signed, case numbered

Estimate
HK$800,000 - 1,200,000 
€88,400-133,000
$103,000-154,000

Sold for HK$937,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018