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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1913
    Movement No: 178'342
    Case No: 282’111, inscribed cuvette
    Material: 18k yellow gold and polychrome enamel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12”
    Dimensions: 31.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With original Certificate of Origin and presentation box. Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1913 and its subsequent sale on July 17th, 1914
    Literature: For a similar watch see Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches - Volume II, pp. 93-94.

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the late 19th and early 20th century, shooting contests were popular events and it was not uncommon for Swiss watch manufacturers to produce watches commemorating them. These “shooting watches” or “montre de tir” were produced by many brands, but those by Patek Philippe are quite rare. Each Swiss canton held their own regional “Tir Cantonal”, however approximately every ten years, the “Tir Federal” took place celebrating the best of all Swiss shooters.

    The present watch from the “Tir Cantonal” in Geneva in 1914, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the city of Geneva becoming the 22nd canton in the Swiss Confederation in 1814. The lovely polychrome enamel scene of Geneva offers a view of the harbor with the Grand Quai in the foreground and the Mont Salève in the background. The enamel work is by Pugin, and is surrounded by a polychrome floral garland and the dates of the centenary. Approximately 60 examples were produced and to date 15 are known.

  • 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 yellow gold and polychrome enamel open face pocket watch for Geneva “Tir Cantonal” with original certificate and presentation box

1913
31.5mm. Diameter
Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$24,000 - 40,000 
€2,700-4,400
$3,100-5,100

Sold for HK$52,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018