• Important Watches, including A auction at Christies

    Sale 1391

    Important Watches, including A Gentleman's Pursuit for Excellence, Part I

    12 November 2012, Geneva

  • Lot 87

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with enamel miniature after Jean-Philippe George-Julliard by Suzanne Rohr


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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with enamel miniature after Jean-Philippe George-Julliard by Suzanne Rohr
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 866/88, movement no. 933'174, case no. 433'716, manufactured in 1981
    Cal. 17-170 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, white dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, plain circular case, snap on back decorated with polychrome painted enamel miniature depicting "Geneva and Mont-Blanc" and makred J.P. George, signed and dated S. Rohr 1981, case, dial and movement signed
    47 mm. diam.

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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel miniature "Geneva and Mont-Blanc" by Suzanne Rohr in 1981 and its subsequent sale on 26 September 1983. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe leather pouch, wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

    Consigned by a private collector the present watch has never been offered in public before and is preserved in excellent overall condition.

    The enamel miniature is signed by Mrs. Suzanne Rohr, one of the last artists able to perpetuate the supremely exacting art of miniature painting on enamel. Mrs. Rohr, who celebrated 40 years of collaboration with Patek Philippe in 2007, reserves her talent for the company. In her hands, the secret alchemy of the coloured enamels offers a second life of unequalled depth and finesse to some of the world's greatest art treasures.

    The enamel miniature on the present watch is a detail after Jean-Philippe George-Julliard's work "Genève et Mont Blanc".

    Jean-Philippe George-Julliard (Geneva 1818 - 1888) began his studies with the history painter F. Donné in Nantes before joining the studio of the celebrated Alexandre Calame following his return to Geneva. He often accompanied Calame during his travels to Italy and worked with him on large size compositions. George-Julliard was one of the founders of the Cercle des Artistes de Genève and created numerous Alpine views particularly from the regions of Geneva, Berne and Savoy, much coveted particularly amongst his Swiss and French clientele. His fine-grained work and manner of painting reflect the influence of Alexandre Calame.

    Other examples of openface dress watches decorated with enamel miniatures signed Suzanne Rohr are illustrated in Patek Philippe by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, p. 168, and are also on permanent exhibition at the prestigious Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, section "Enamelled and engraved pocket watches (1960-2000)".

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