- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding

Pocket watch with back in miniature painting on enamel.

This unique piece in yellow gold pays tribute to a masterpiece by the great painter Johannes Vermeer. It depicts one of the scenes of domestic interiors in which the Dutch master excelled (circa 1650). To convey all the original’s wealth of detail, subtlety of color and quality of light, the enameler used the technique of Grand Feu miniature painting on enamel also developed in the seventeenth century, finishing with transparent flux according to the Geneva method.

Painting dot by dot on a base layer of opaque white enamel, he applied 17 enamel colors made of finely ground metallic oxides mixed with rare oils. To finish he coated the picture with flux, a transparent enamel. This exacting procedure called for 40 firings at temperatures ranging from 800°C to 830°C. The dial, in white enamel over yellow gold, presents yellow-gold applied Breguet numerals. A green tourmaline cabochon (0.27 ct) decorates the crown.

This pocket watch is accompanied by a handcrafted yellow-gold stand on a green marble base.

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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