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20058M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

Patek Philippe looked to the finest works of cubism, a major artistic movement of the early twentieth century, when conceiving this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

Tracing the complex pattern of geometric forms that comprise this original creation required 13.5 m of gold wire (15 g) measuring only 0.15 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. To create his chromatic fireworks, also inspired by the cubist artists, the enameler worked with a palette of 51 transparent enamel colors, producing subtle effects of light, contrast and shading. Each enameled plate called for 9 firings at a temperature of approximately 840°C. Breguet hands point to an hour circle adorned with black-enameled Breguet numerals. The dial center is hand-guilloched in a swirling pattern beneath blue enamel, through which the decoration may be seen.

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 enameler

From the seventeenth century onwards, enamelers’ skills were much in demand to adorn watchcases and decorate dials. Today, it’s an endangered craft – but not at Patek Philippe.

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