Introduction

20066M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

This unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel celebrates the poetic beauty of the Frisian Islands, a coastal archipelago stretching from the northern Netherlands and north-west Germany down to southern Denmark.

To create the contours of these gentle landscapes and their flora and fauna, including the seashells, seals and sandpipers, the enameler used 38 m of gold wire (42.3 g) measuring 0.15 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. To reproduce the shifting colors and luminosity of the wide skies and the sandy beaches and dunes punctuated by lighthouses, he worked with a palette of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 38 colors. Each enameled plate required 9 firings at a temperature of approximately 840°C. An hour circle adorned with black enameled Breguet numerals frames a dial center in guilloched copper beneath transparent 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 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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