Introduction

20067M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel on gold leaf, with miniature painting on enamel.

Figures of mythology and the storybooks of our childhood, wolves and their cubs also adorn this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel, whose snow-covered landscape evokes the far North.

To create the outlines of the animals, the forest and the full moon that illuminates the scene, the enameler used 9.3 m of gold wire (18.6 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. The picture, entirely in brown, white and shades of grey, called for a palette of transparent and opaque enamels in 12 colors. Details of the wolves and the tree trunks were then refined slowly and meticulously using miniature painting on enamel. Each enameled element required several firings at temperatures ranging from 820°C to 860°C (6 to 7 firings for the side panels, 4 for the dome). An hour circle in white mother-ofpearl adorned with applied baton-style hour markers accentuates the wintry note. It 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.

Savoir faire

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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