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    Sale 2392

    Important Watches

    29 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3041

    PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY RARE AND UNIQUE 18K GOLD HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING GRANDE SONNERIE PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH KEYLESS LEVER CLOCK WATCH WITH PHASES OF THE MOON, WITH PAINTED ENAMEL COVERS, MADE TO SPECIAL ORDER BY G. MENNI

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 866'772, CASE NO. 2'807'602, REF. 935, CIRCA 1984

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    PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY RARE AND UNIQUE 18K GOLD HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING GRANDE SONNERIE PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH KEYLESS LEVER CLOCK WATCH WITH PHASES OF THE MOON, WITH PAINTED ENAMEL COVERS, MADE TO SPECIAL ORDER BY G. MENNI
    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 866'772, CASE NO. 2'807'602, REF. 935, CIRCA 1984

    Cal. 20'''GC nickel-finished lever movement, 44 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, swan-neck regulator, minute repeating on two steel gongs via two polished steel hammers, glazed cuvette with gold rim engraved Grande Complication Realisee Specialement Pour M. William Apikian 1984, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands, four subsidiary dials indicating day, date combined with constant seconds, month and phases of the moon combined with 30 minutes register, in circular case with finely painted enamel front and back hinged covers with miniature portraits of a young lady and a young gentleman, push button at 2 in the band to activiate the split seconds mechanism, chronograph safty bolt between 2 and 3, switch from petite to grande sonnerie between 6 and 7, repeating mechanism activated by a small slide at 8, silent/striking switch between 11 and 12, case, dial and movement signed, together with an 18k gold and transluscent brown enamel lyre-shaped stand
    60 mm. diam.


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    US$400,000-600,000
    EUR292,000-438,000

    Accompanied by the original Patek Philippe presentation case, Certificate of Origin and instructions.

    For thousands of years, fine enamelling has decorated and enriched watches, jewellery and objets d'art. Patek Philippe maintains this rare craft of miniature enamelling, traditionally associated with the finest Geneva timepieces, and in many ways the most difficult of the decorative arts.

    Exceptionally few artists such as G. Menni and Suzanne Rohr still master this art, more commonly found in openface pocket watches. Hunter case examples, such as the present watch, are exceedingly rare. These fine Patek Philippe timepieces are, in general, made in special order with the subject matter to be represented chosen by the client. They often include famous landscape and portrait paintings, celebrities or even family members of the future owner.