With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present clock with Barques et le Salève scene in 1988 and its subsequent sale in the same year. Further accompanied by an original Patek Philippe presentation box.
Patek Philippe opened its Electronic Division in 1948 with the goal of exploring photoelectric, electronic, and nuclear timekeeping. The department produced the groundbreaking solar clock, the first of its kind. In 1955, the solar-powered photoelectric clocks were exhibited at the 1955 World Symposium, and displayed at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. In the 1960's, Patek Philippe began using quartz technology in its clock production, and began phasing out the use of solar versions. These "Dome" clocks are highly collectable, and often feature a unique and individually decorated case, featuring cloisonné enamel scenes.
Towards the end of the 1940's, the Swiss watchmaking industry began using the technique of cloisonné enamel. This technique uses fine bands (filaments) of gold or copper to outline the design subject, which are then soldered to the surface of a plate. The empty spaces are then filled with ground enamel and fired multiple times so that the surface becomes perfectly level.
The cloisonné enamel scene on the present clock features Barques et le Salève, or "small boats and the Salève , a famous mountain of the French Prealps, also called the "Balcony of Geneva". Geographically, it is located in the Haute-Savoie, in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, and borders both Switzerland and Italy. The Salève offers magnificent panorama views over Lake Geneva, also called Lake Léman, and is a popular vacation spot for those who enjoy nautical activies such as yacht racing and sailing.