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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3608

    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3413 RHOMBOID BY GILBERT ALBERT

    GOLD MANUAL-WINDING WRISTWATCH, RETAILED BY BEYER

    MOVEMENT 783'893, CASE 2'609'761, MANUFACTURED IN 1960

    Price Realised  

    PATEK PHILIPPE, REF. 3413 RHOMBOID BY GILBERT ALBERT

    GOLD MANUAL-WINDING WRISTWATCH, RETAILED BY BEYER
    MOVEMENT 783'893, CASE 2'609'761, MANUFACTURED IN 1960

    Calibre 23-300, Geneva Seal hallmarked, 18 jewels, Gyromax balance, matte silvered sectored dial with hard enamel "sector" lines and signatures, signed Beyer, two-part case in 18k gold, rhomboidal, stepped and asymmetrical, plastic crystal, snap-on case back, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    Dimensions: 30 x 37 mm.


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    US$30,000-50,000
    EUR23,000-38,000

    Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives.

    In 1955, 24 year old Genevan jewellery designer and artist Gilbert Albert joined Patek Philippe with the aim to produce a series of innovative and unusual wristwatches. Albert was inspired by his passion for modern sculpture, notably works by Brancusi and Mondrian. He broke away from traditional shapes, introducing asymmetrical triangles and rhomboid shapes into the design of watch cases.

    The present watch, together with reference 3412 (see lot 131, Christie's Geneva Important Watches, 17 November 2008), is from Patek Philippe's celebrated "Ricochet" collection of asymmetrical watches. The models were only produced in small quantities, and never in series, most certainly due to the uncertain commercial success of his revolutionary design.

    According to our research, the present reference 3413 is the 8th known example to appear in public to date.

    Reference 3412 and 3413 are illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, 1998, p. 78, 163, 187 and 188.