Introduction

20043M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel enriched with gold paillons.

This unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel pays tribute to the legendary beauty of Indian women and their adornments.

To produce the outlines of these glowing portraits, with every detail of the fabric and jewels, together with the decorative motif on the dome, the enameler used 27.18 m of gold wire (30.2 g) measuring 0.15 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. Reproducing India’s vibrant colors called for a palette of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 19 shades. In the saris, to emphasis their elegance and finesse, 187 embedded yellow-gold spangles called paillons create a play of light. Each enameled plate required 10 firings at a temperature of approximately 840°C. The hour circle, a unique design, is embellished with red transfer-printed numerals. It frames a dial center adorned with a stylized Indian flower, beneath the finely decorated, specially designed clock hands.

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

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Caliber

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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