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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2016
    Reference No: 5089G-035
    Movement No: 5’841’176
    Case No: 6’014’909
    Model Name: Calatrava, “Lake Geneva Barques”
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 HU, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped Salons Patek Philippe Geneve and dated 29th March 2016, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, hang tag, commemorative medallion, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    2014 marked the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe. To celebrate this momentous milestone, the Stern family, owners of the company since 1932, commissioned a series of 40 wristwatches, pocket watches and dome clocks, either as unique pieces or strictly limited edition pieces, to showcase the different rare handicraft skills that the firm protected from extinction. Many of the miniature artworks for this series were inspired by original paintings in the personal collection of Philippe Stern and demonstrate the extraordinary mastery of techniques of the firm’s artisans. Each paying tribute to the natural beauty of Lake Geneva and its traditional barques, different decorative mediums were employed over the range and included engraving, painting on enamel, cloisonné enamel and guilloche.

    Originally sold as a set of four limited edition wristwatches with impressive cloisonné dials, the present example is born from Patek Philippe's desire to honour its illustrious legacy through contemporary creative expression.

    The exquisite cloisonné enamel dial, inspired by Louis Baudit’s 1951 oil painting "Scene of Unloading at the Quai des Pâquis", unites splendid handcraftsmanship with technical virtuosity through the breathtaking art of Anita Porchet. The background of the dial is line engraved with a sea of gold wires with a thickness of merely 0.05mm, and with a remarkable length of 40cm to 70cm, pushing the limits of the traditional art. When the dial is reflected under light, an extravagant surface of golden filaments is revealed, and they emit a glamourous glimmer amidst the myriad shades of colours filled onto the delineated areas on the dial. Approximately 20 colours of enamel are applied, incorporating opaque, transparent and opalescent enamel, to denote the natural enchantment of the Lake Geneva. The extraordinary palette of colours has achieved perfect harmony, most evidently on the depiction of the water, where shifting hues of blues and turquoise flow into a flattering state of fluidity, resonating with the pearly blue sky.

    Anita Porchet fashioned a dial of unbelievable depth and dimension that fuses fine art with mechanical precision. Her signature at 5 o'clock discretely denotes the fruits of her labours, one of many invisible touches that attests to Patek's obsession with perfection down to the smallest nuance.

  • 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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Property from an Important Asian Collector


Ref. 5089G-035
A highly attractive and commemorative limited edition white gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel “Lake Geneva Barques” dial signed by Anita Porchet, hinged caseback, Certificate of Origin and presentation box, made to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe

Circa 2016
38.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$800,000 - 1,600,000 

Sold for HK$2,032,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023