Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1975
    Reference No: 866/2
    Movement No: 932'387
    Case No: 433'538
    Model Name: “Paysage hollandais-le plat pays”
    Material: 18K yellow gold and enamel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17’’’170, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 47mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompnied by the original Patek Philippe Certifcate of Origin, original fitted black leather presentation box, hang-tag, archival images, product literature and outer packaging. Further accompanied by Extract from the Archives confrming production of the present watch with enamel scene after a painting by Salomon van Ruysdael in 1975 and its subsequent sale on April 15th, 1975.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Between 1967 and the mid-2000’s, Patek Philippe produced a small number of unique pocket watches decorated with superbly rendered scenes in miniature enamel in collaboration with great miniaturists such as Suzanne Rohr, Marthe Bischoff, Helene-May Mercier, and Pellarin-Leroy.

    Today, some of these priceless works of art are on permanent display at the prestigious Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. Each of these pocket watches took an average of six months - sometimes much longer - to complete. Compared to work time of approximately two weeks for a cloisonné enamel dial, it goes to show why miniature is considered the pinnacle of enameling art by all connoisseurs. Today, Anita Porchet -the disciple of the great Suzanne Rohr - who herself is the protege of the legendary 20th century enameler Carlo Poluzzi (1899~1978), is the sole artisan capable of practicing enamel miniature on the same level as her masters.

    Marthe Bischoff, one of the best miniature enamelers of the past century, completed an exceedingly small number of pocket watches for Patek Philippe during her career, no more than half dozen of which are known today. Two of her works, “The Hunt” (1971), and “The First Consul Crossing the Alps at Great Saint Bernard Pass” (1970), are on permanent exhibit at the Patek Philippe Museum.

    The present yellow gold Patek Philippe pocket watch bearing reference 866/2 is adorned with a scene in miniature enamel after a Dutch landscape painting by 17th Century Dutch Golden Age master Salomon van
    Ruysdael (1602~1670). Meticulously rendered over many months of work under the great miniaturist’s hair-thin brush, the scene radiates incredible palette and depth. Completed in 1975 at the height of Bischoff’s prowess as an artist, it is without doubt one of her best works. In perfectly preserved, “safe queen” condition and accompanied by its original box and every conceivable document including the Certificate of Origin and and original commission papers, this trophy of enameling art represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for the most serious collectors.

  • 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. 866/2
An exceptional and unique yellow gold openface watch with enamel miniature painted by M. Bischoff after a painting by Salomon van Ruysdael, with original Certificate of Origin, documentation from Patek Philippe, hang-tag and presentation box

47mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$1,300,000 - 2,500,000 

Sold for HK$2,062,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019