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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 205

    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and elegant 18K gold, platinum, enamel and diamond-set keyless lever pendant watch with matching diamond-set brooch and enamel chain

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, MOVEMENT NO. 160'585, CASE NO. 261'970, MANUFACTURED IN 1909

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and elegant 18K gold, platinum, enamel and diamond-set keyless lever pendant watch with matching diamond-set brooch and enamel chain
    Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Geneva, Switzerland, movement no. 160'585, case no. 261'970, manufactured in 1909
    MOVEMENT: manual, ultra-thin cal. 10''', 18 jewels
    DIAL: white enamel Arabic numerals, gold Louis XIV hands
    CASE: 18K gold and platinum, translucent grey-blue enamel bezel with white enamel border, back with translucent grey-blue enamel on guilloché background, “Limoges” style enamel flower border, centred by a diamond-set platinum applique, the case further enhanced by a pierced platinum and diamond-set border of highly intricate design, sapphire-set crown, the entire watch suspended on a matching diamond-set brooch and detachable chain decorated with grey-blue enamel links to match the case, 44 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, cuvette, dial, movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch with grey-blue enamel décor with “Limoges” painting, jewelled platinum lace bezel in 1909 and its subsequent sale on 25 January 1922. Further delivered with three additional chain links


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    This exquisite and very elegant jewelled pendant watch is a wonderful example of Belle Epoque style from the golden period of luxury at the beginning of the 20th century, still as wearable and glamourous today as it was over a hundred years ago. Fine enamel work was particularly in vogue at the time, all the great jewellery and watch houses producing pieces inspired by the Russian jeweller Fabergé. The use of platinum was a very modern idea introduced by Cartier and Boucheron which soon caught on, platinum when combined with diamonds and enamel creates a scintillating effect, add the name of Patek Philippe and the piece becomes truly special and of course highly desirable.

    To the best of our knowledge the present watch has never before been offered in public.

    Another example of such filigree decorated pendant watch with the same colour enamel, movement no. 157'778, is illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches - Volume II, p. 102, Inv. P-127.

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