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Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

Pink flamingoes in a setting of aquatic vegetation adorn this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

To create the contours of the long, sinuous necks, the curved bills, the plumage, the fine legs and the delicately veined foliage the artist used 21.3 m of yellow-gold wire (42.7 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. This he cut into small segments and then shaped by hand and fixed onto the rounded plates that form the clock. To reproduce the soft pink of the flamingoes, the range of greens in the plants and the blue of the sky he worked with a palette of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 11 colors, which he used to create an infinite variety of shades. Each enameled plate required 12 firings at temperatures of approximately 900°C. The hour circle, with its black enameled Breguet numerals, frames a dial center guilloched beneath transparent green enamel so that the pattern shines through.

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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