Introduction

992/137G
- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding

Pocket watch with cloisonné enamel, miniature painting on enamel and hand-engraving.

This unique piece showcases one of Nature’s curiosities, the Siamese fighting fish. To depict this fish with its flowing fluted fins, Patek Philippe united two Grand Feu enameling techniques: cloisonné and miniature painting on enamel.

Creating the contours of the fish required 12 cm of gold wire (0.04 g) measuring 0.05 x 0.4 mm in cross-section, while its coloring called for transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels in 15 colors and some thirty firings at temperatures ranging from 700°C to 850°C. The border of the picture, the bezel and the bow are hand-engraved with a delicate wavy pattern representing 82 hours of work. The dial in white gold hand-guilloched beneath transparent blue enamel presents white-gold applied Breguet numerals. A briolette-cut blue sapphire (0.29 ct) decorates the crown.

This piece is accompanied by a white-gold handcrafted stand repeating the fluted form of the fins, on a blue aventurine base set with a briolette-cut blue sapphire (0.42 ct).

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

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Caliber

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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