A rare, attractive and unusual gilt brass, wood and lapis lazuli desk clock with "Horse Scene" engraved dial

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1969
    Reference No: 1007
    Movement No: 874'353
    Case No: 1957
    Model Name: Horse Scene
    Material: Gilt brass, wood and lapis lazuli
    Calibre: Solar powered, cal. 17''' 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 200mm Length x 141 mm Width x 90mm Depth
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Patek Philippe fitted red leather presentation box. Further accompanied by Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with Horse Race scene in 1957 and its subsequent sale on November 7th, 1969.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe’s production of 1960s solar clocks was a representation of the times both from a technical and a design perspective. These clocks were not only futuristic with a mechanical pocket watch movement driven by solar power, but their cool sleek designs represented mid-century modernism. The gilt brass and Brazilian wood panelling were contemporary and hip for the period, and the construction of the case with four strong supporting pillars mimicked the architectural design of Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Patek Philippe opened their Electronic Division in 1948 to research and create photoelectric and electronic timekeeping technology. The output by the brand exceeded that of many others and today their unique clocks are some of the most sought after timepieces on the market.

    The present desk clock is a wonderful example of mid-century modernism. The dial is enhanced by the engraved and blacked “Horse Racing” scene that is highlighted by the addition of the lapis lazuli hour markers. The three dimensionality of the horses give the viewer a sense that they are charging for them. In well-preserved condition, this clock will delight collectors of all periods because of its ingenuity and form.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 1007
A rare, attractive and unusual gilt brass, wood and lapis lazuli desk clock with "Horse Scene" engraved dial

百達翡麗,型號1007,獨特罕見,銅鍍金太陽能座鐘,備青金石時標和競馬圖樣面盤,1969年製。附錶盒、後補證書

1969
200mm Length x 141 mm Width x 90mm Depth
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$39,000 - 78,000 
€4,500-9,000
$5,000-10,000

sold for HK$125,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019