Introduction

20096M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

Patek Philippe plunged right to the heart of a rainforest to create the decoration on this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel. All that is missing is the birdsong, the damp heat and the scent of the flowers.

The contours of the parrots and the lush vegetation required 21.8 m of gold wire (24.2 g) measuring 0.15 x 0.6 mm in cross-section, shaped by hand to follow every detail of the design before being fixed to the base plate. To fill in the cells created by those gold partitions, the enameler used finely ground, powdered enamels in 33 colors. While most of the colors were transparent, some were opaque or opalescent, to create a delicate glaze or a sense of depth. Each enameled plate underwent 9 firings at a temperature of approximately 840°C. 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.

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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
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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