Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1979
    Reference No: 865/41
    Movement No: 932'895
    Case No: 520'998
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal, 17-170, 18 jewels, stamped twice with the Geneva seal
    Dimensions: 48mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1979 and subsequent sale on 2nd March, 1982. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe numbered service box, numbered service tag and Patek Philippe Service Center sticker, red document holder and product literature.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch illustrates the enormous skills of Patek Philippe’s engravers via depiction a deer hunting scene. Featuring a hunter case - most aptly, given the subject of the engraving - this configuration allows for the chased scene to unfold on both sides of the timepiece. The front cover depicts a group of three riders stirring their mounts at the heels of ten dogs in a woody countryside. The backside features instead the dramatic last moments of the deer, attached by six hounds.

    The supreme mastery of the skill is obvious in the breathtaking details: on the back of the watch, the tension of the chase is apparent, one rider raising its crop to stir the horse. The cut stump of a tree is present in the very foreground. On the background, a group of houses - maybe a sleepy English village - is lost in the distant hills. The sky is dotted with clouds, realised with the lightest of strokes.

    On the front-side, the agony of the deer is apparent in its expression; tufts of grass and brush embellish the climatic moment’s landscape. A cut log is present on the foreground. It is the trunk of the cut three present on the front, indicating the attack is taking place just in front of the hunters: the two sides of the watch do not represent two different moments in time, rather they can be considered as two panels of a larger diptych.

  • 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. 865/41
An exquisite and very rare yellow gold hunter case savonette pocket watch with chased case representing a deer hunt scene, and Certificate of Origin, Retailed by Gubelin

48mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 240,000 

Sold for HK$312,500

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