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1648M
- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding


Cloisonné Enamel Dome Table Clock. Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel. Length of gold ribbon used for the partitions: 32.1 m (weight 64.3 g). Approximately 32 transparent, semi-opaque, and opaque enamel colors. Each enameled element required 6 to 7 firings at a temperature of approximately 800°C. Cloisonné enamel dial plate, hour circle with black enameled Roman numerals, silver dial center guilloched under translucent brown enamel. Unique piece.

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Caliber

17''' PEND
Manual winding

17''' PEND
Manual winding

Overall diameter: 38.65 mm. Height: 3.8 mm. Bridges: 8. Jewels: 20. Power reserve: 50 h max.. Balance: Plain with screws. Frequency: 18 000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 Hz). Spiral: Breguet. Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal.

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Rare Handcrafts
The domed table clock – the perfect medium

The ideal showcase for decorative techniques is the domed table clock, owing to its dimensions. The generous rounded surfaces offer a perfect canvas for the virtuoso skill of enameling (cloisonné enameling, in particular). Animal and flower motifs are classic Patek Philippe designs, alongside newer themes. The museum’s collections are a source of inspiration, but so are far-off places, as interest from other parts of the world is occasionally reflected in the designs. The creative team knows well that one decoration in a particular color, or with a certain exuberance, will please in one culture, while restraint is preferred in another. One scene may emerge from the craftsman’s imagination, while another will be the faithful expression of a great work of art, on an astonishingly reduced scale.

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