Introduction

20072M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

Incorporating extracts from a poem by the great Lebanese author Gibran Khalil Gibran, this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel celebrates the beauty of Arabic calligraphy. It associates this refined art, which has left its imprint on numerous aspects of so many cultures, with the figure of the dove, symbol of love, faithfulness and peace.

To create the delicate outlines of the letters and the birds’ plumage, the enameler used 17.6 m of gold wire (35.2 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. He then gave life to every curve and upstroke, working with a palette of transparent and opalescent enamels in 6 colors to produce a subtle play of shades. This is particularly apparent in the range of blues. Each enameled plate required 9 to 12 firings at temperatures exceeding 900°C. An hour circle presenting black-enameled Breguet numerals frames a dial center in cloisonné enamel adorned with calligraphy in the shape of a dove.

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
Inspiration

For decades, Patek Philippe has been helping to preserve age-old decorative skills by regularly commissioning pieces from artists who are either independent, creating in their own studios, or who are based in the company’s Geneva workshop and dedicated to rare handcrafts. How does Patek Philippe ensure that these skills continue to flourish?

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