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20034M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel enriched with gold paillons.

Feminine grace combined with the delicacy of a floral decor featuring hydrangeas, roses and chrysanthemums lends an Art Nouveau touch to this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

The enameler used 29.43 m of gold wire (32.7 g) measuring 0.15 x 0.6 mm in cross-section to outline these romantic images, before bringing them to life with transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 37 colors, reproducing every nuance of flesh tints, fabric and vegetation. The young girls’ dresses are made to shimmer by 61 yellow-gold spangles called paillons embedded in the enamel. Each enameled plate required 10 firings at a temperature of approximately 840°C. An hour circle in white mother-of-pearl adorned with applied Arabic numerals frames a dial center in cloisonné enamel.

This piece is powered by the caliber 17’’’ PEND mechanical movement rewound by an electric motor.

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17''' PEND

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17''' PEND

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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