- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding

Pocket watch with back in miniature painting on enamel.

A painting by the French artist Claude Joseph Vernet (1714–1789) entitled “ Landscape at Sunset” (1773), inspired the decoration of this unique piece in Grand Feu miniature painting on enamel finished with flux, a transparent enamel, according to the Geneva method.

Starting with a base layer of white enamel, the artist built up his picture in small deft touches using a tiny brush and working with a palette of 17 enamel colors made of finely ground metallic oxides mixed with rare oils. This exacting procedure called for 35 firings at temperatures ranging from 800°C to 830°C. Several final coats of flux protect the piece and intensify its brilliance. The dial in white enamel over yellow gold presents yellow-gold applied Breguet numerals and yellow-gold hands. An Ethiopian opal cabochon (0.17 ct) adorns the crown.

This pocket watch is accompanied by a yellow-gold handcrafted stand on an oval-shaped base in spangled white marble.

It houses the caliber 17’’’ LEP PS manually wound movement with small seconds.



17''' LEP PS
Manual winding

Patek Philippe Caliber 17''' LEP PS - Front
Front Back

17''' LEP PS
Manual winding

Overall diameter: 38.65 mm. Height: 3.8 mm. Number of parts: 137. Bridges: 7. Jewels: 18. Power-reserve: Min. 50 hours. Balance: Plain with screws. Frequency: 18 000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 Hz). Balance spring: Breguet.

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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