Introduction

992/139J
- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding

Pocket watch with wood marquetry and hand-engraving.

Celebrating the beauty of the Swiss Alps, this unique piece in yellow gold depicts two roped climbers heading for the snowy peaks.

To give this little mountain scene its detail and finesse, the marquetrymaker cut out and assembled 222 pieces of veneer (including 32 for the Alpinists alone) and 40 inlays, chosen from 27 woods of different textures, veining and colors. The bezel, the hands, the bow and the border of the case back are hand-engraved in a pattern resembling mountaineering rope, a decoration that required more than one hundred hours of engraving. The dial, in white enamel over yellow gold, is adorned with yellow-gold applied Breguet numerals. A sky blue sapphire cabochon (0.37 ct).

This pocket watch is accompanied by a yellow-gold chain embellished with a handcrafted pendant bearing a compass motif.

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 engraver

The engraver’s first tool is...the pencil. Of course, we instinctively think of the burin (or graver as it’s also known), or one of the array of burins placed close at hand; any observer at the workbench is struck by their number and variety. The burin is an almost natural extension of this artist’s hand, as a fountain pen is for a writer. Pointed, squared, or rounded, but always sharpened, this tool penetrates the material to gouge out tiny quantities, tracing a line or curve with a furrow of varying depth.

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