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Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.
Inspired by the most beautiful floral arabesques adorning the palaces of India and the Orient, Patek Philippe created a dazzling multicolored decoration for this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.
The artist began by creating the contours of the design using 22.5 m of gold wire (45.1 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. He worked the wire by hand so that it followed the slightest curve or smallest volute, before fixing it to the base plate – whose convex surface makes the task even more difficult. He then filled the cells created by these gold partitions with enamel powders. Representing a palette of 19 transparent, opaque and opalescent colors, the enamels were vitrified by successive firings. Each enameled plate required 8 to 11 firings at temperatures ranging from 890°C to 900°C. An hour circle displaying black enameled Roman numerals frames a dial center in cloisonné enamel.
This piece is powered by the caliber 17’’’ PEND mechanical movement rewound by an electric motor.