Introduction

20086M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

Inspired by the most beautiful floral arabesques adorning the palaces of India and the Orient, Patek Philippe created a dazzling multicolored decoration for this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

The artist began by creating the contours of the design using 22.5 m of gold wire (45.1 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. He worked the wire by hand so that it followed the slightest curve or smallest volute, before fixing it to the base plate – whose convex surface makes the task even more difficult. He then filled the cells created by these gold partitions with enamel powders. Representing a palette of 19 transparent, opaque and opalescent colors, the enamels were vitrified by successive firings. Each enameled plate required 8 to 11 firings at temperatures ranging from 890°C to 900°C. An hour circle displaying black enameled Roman numerals 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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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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