Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI Hong Kong Saturday, November 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1893
    Movement No: 97’357
    Case No: 214’229
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 18’’’
    Dimensions: 51.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with Breguet numeral in 1893, and its subsequent sale on August 25th, 1896.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Pocket watches have a long and rich history dating back to the late 15th century, and today’s modern timepieces are fully imbued with the genius and innovations of those masters who preceded them. The repeat function was developed in the late 17th century when the Englishman Daniel Quare invented a striking mechanism for the hours and quarters, while in the 18th century the Englishman Thomas Mudge developed the minute repeating mechanism. By the late 18th century, Abraham Louis Breguet replaced the typical “bell” repeater with the now familiar gong mechanism, which allowed watch makers to streamline the case, making a slimmer compact watch.

    The present watch, movement number 97’357 is a wonderful example of the skill and quality of Swiss horology at its best. Patek Philippe creates a strong masculine appeal with white enamel dial, Breguet numerals and outer red Arabic markers. The minute repeater has a modern contemporary feel, and research indicates Patek Philippe made approximately 3600 repeating mechanisms. During the 19th century most examples were hunter case watches, with the open face watch model becoming en vogue in 20th century.

    In excellent original condition and fresh to the market, this minute repeating pocket watch is a timepiece for all collectors especially who appreciate the history of Patek Philippe, their technical prowess and quality.

  • 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 rare and attractive pink gold minute repeating open-faced pocket watch with enamel dial and Breguet numerals

51.5mm diameter
Case, cuvette, dial and movement signed

HK$160,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$220,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020