- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

Vibrant colors, exotic shapes: all the exuberance of the most beautiful tropical flowers illuminates this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel – one of the precious handcrafts that Patek Philippe perpetuates generation after generation.

The intricate contours of the tendrils, leaves and petals required 23.3 m of yellow-gold wire (46.8 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section, which the enameler shaped by hand to follow every angle and curve. Capturing the flamboyance of the tropical colors called for a palette of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 24 shades, predominantly reds, mauves and pinks. Each enameled plate underwent 12 firings at a temperature of approximately 900°C – and each firing entailed the risk of destroying all work up to that point. An hour circle adorned with black enameled Breguet numerals frames a dial center in cloisonné enamel.

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.

Savoir faire

Rare Handcrafts
The enameler

From the seventeenth century onwards, enamelers’ skills were much in demand to adorn watchcases and decorate dials. Today, it’s an endangered craft – but not at Patek Philippe.

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