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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 1152
    Case No: 1’803’484
    Model Name: “Fêtes des Vendanges”
    Material: Gilt Brass and cloisonné enamel
    Calibre: Photo-electric, cal. 33, 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 220mm height
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Delivered with a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture of the present timepiece in 1977 and its subsequent date of sale on 31st October 1985.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe dome clocks have always been a collector’s favorite due to its vibrant, illustrious and uniquely themed motifs often depicted on the case by master artisans of the manufacturer. With that said, it is not only just the exterior that captivate the attention of collectors of fine timepieces, but the innovative organ that powers the clock. Established in 1948, Patek Philippe’s Electronic Division was founded to research and develop photoelectric, electronic and nuclear timekeeping technology. Powered by a photoelectric movement, the first dome clock was released in 1955.

    The present Patek Philippe cloisonné enamel dome clock from circa 1977 is an impressive specimen of the firm’s solar dome clock. Composed of a gilt brass body, the case features enameled panels with a themed scene of “Fêtes des Vendanges” (“Grape Harvest Festival”) by acclaimed enamellist Marie Françoise Martin. Executed to impress, the enameled panels show the festivities of the Grape Harvest Festival that is usually scheduled every year at the harvest season for winemaking. The first panel from the right portrays a group of young celebrants dancing away in traditional Swiss costumes. The second panel displays two individuals dressing in Vatican dress with a lady in a pink dress at the bottom completing the frame. The third panel displays two farmers holding a bucket of freshly harvested grapes about to be made into wine. The colors used in the motif are absolutely stunning, comprising almost all the colors in the primary color wheel.

    From the first panel to the last, the enamellist have captured the scene beautifully with a nice transition from the start of the festive day to the end of the festival at dusk. Very well-preserved, the present example will surely impress connoisseurs of artisanal timepieces made by the one and only, 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. 1152
An extremely fine and unique gilt brass solar power dome clock with cloisonné enamel scene “Fêtes des Vendanges” by Marie Françoise Martin

Circa 1977
220mm height
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$625,000 - 1,250,000 

Sold for HK$919,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020