Introduction

20060M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné over silver leaf.

This flight of butterflies pays tribute to Art Deco, the great artistic movement of 1920 to 1930, which was also one of Patek Philippe’s golden ages. It graces a unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

To outline the bold geometry of the design and its profusion of insects, clover and stylized flowers, the enameler used a full 42.8 m (85.6 g) of gold wire measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. The range of colors, true to the spirit of the period, comprises transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in no less than 30 hues. Embedded beneath the cloisonné enamel, 850 pieces of silver leaf lend exceptional brilliance to the entire decoration. Each enameled plate required 11 firings at a temperature of approximately 750°C. The hour circle is adorned with black-enameled Breguet numerals.

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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