Introduction

20056M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel enriched with gold and silver leaf, diamond-set hour circle.

Inspired by the great ballet of the stars, Patek Philippe created this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel evoking the age-old links between astronomy and horology.

To depict the planets in their orbits, the enameler used 3.25 m of gold wire (6.5 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section and transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 24 colors. Gold and silver leaf, embedded beneath five of the planets including Earth, as well as beneath the stars on the dome, intensifies the play of light on the blue background. Each enameled plate called for between 9 and 11 firings at temperatures ranging from 880°C to 900°C. A silver hour circle decorated with guilloché work frames an enameled dial center representing the Sun. Twelve hour markers in the shape of stars sparkle with diamonds of two different diameters, totaling 0.61 carats. The clock hands are unique creations representing the tails of comets.

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.

Savoir faire

Rare Handcrafts
The enameler’s techniques

The enameler uses one of four traditional techniques, or perhaps a combination; but rare is she – in the watchmaking world, most enamelers are women – who masters them all.

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