Introduction

20069M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in grisaille enamel enriched with gold and silver paillons, gold powder and silver hand-engraved applied ornaments.

Angels and doves, traditional symbols of peace, share the spotlight on this unique piece in Grand Feu enamel.

To present these winged messengers on their backdrop of nocturnal sky and clouds, the enameler used the rare and sophisticated technique of grisaille enamel au blanc de Limoges. The white, oil-based enamel known as blanc de Limoges was sculpted using a tiny brush and a needle on a ground of opaque black enamel to obtain a subtle monochrome. Most of the stars are made from small gold or silver spangles called paillons embedded beneath layers of gold- or silver-tinted flux, a transparent enamel glaze; others shine in 24-carat gold powder. Each enameled plate required between 13 and 15 firings. The total enameling time was 240 hours. Surrounding the dial with its black enameled Breguet numerals are four handcrafted, hand-engraved silver doves, applied to the enamel surface.

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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