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Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

A cascade of flowers in delicate hues – roses, carnations, lilies and more – brings its freshness and finesse to this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

Creating the contours of this intricate composition of flowers, calyxes, petals and pistils required 25.5 m of gold wire (50.9 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section, which the artist shaped by hand and fixed onto the base plate. To bring out the subtle tints of the flowers and the sky, he worked with a palette of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in a remarkable 49 colors, creating a relief effect by skillful shading. Each enameled plate called for 7 to 10 firings at a temperature of 890°C. The hour circle in mother-of-pearl, framing a cloisonné enamel dial center, is adorned with applied Breguet numerals. The leaf-shaped hands also have inlays of mother of pearl – whose luster complements the floral theme.

This piece is powered by the caliber 17’’’ PEND mechanical movement rewound by an electric motor.



17''' PEND


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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