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.