Introduction

20065M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

All the exuberance, poetry and delicacy of Oriental floral decorations radiates from this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

The enameler used a considerable 32.4 m of gold wire (64.8 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section to outline the pattern of interlacing flowers, leaves and tendrils, which extends to form an arbor over the dome. He then worked with a palette of transparent and opalescent enamels in 11 colors to create harmony and depth in this composition of reds and greens on a pale-pink ground. Each enameled plate required from 9 to 12 firings at a temperature of 900°C. The hour circle, adorned with black-enameled Roman 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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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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