A very fine, highly attractive and extremely rare 14K gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial and monogrammed back

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Tissot
    Year: Circa 1951
    Movement No: 2'508'975
    Case No: 18'977
    Material: 14K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.28.5-21, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel gilt pin buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed by maker, case further signed by case maker

  • Catalogue Essay

    Given the high loss rate of its production process, enamel has always been used with extreme parsimony in watchmaking. This intrinsic rarity combined with its undeniably striking looks have rendered any enamel technique an extremely sought after trait to the collector. Cloisonné enameling, however, is considered the “king” among enameling techniques in virtue of the mastery required to create a cloisonné dial and the immediately recognizable naive aesthetics it imparts to the watch.

    The present piece is testament to how such a technique was employed even by smaller brands during the mid-twentieth century for extremely exclusive dials.

    Combining one of the most sought-after decorative techniques in watchmaking with a truly iconic design (the map of the Americas has been famously employed by Rolex and Patek Philippe as well, around the same time this watch was made), the present piece is an unmissable value proposition for the connoisseur of fine watchmaking.

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Tissot

A very fine, highly attractive and extremely rare 14K gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial and monogrammed back

Circa 1951
33mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed by maker, case further signed by case maker

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 
€18,400-36,800
$20,100-40,300

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019