Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold pair case keyless lever Cabriolet watch
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Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold pair case keyless lever Cabriolet watch

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE., GENÈVE, MOVEMENT NO. 117'813, CASE NO. 265'001, MANUFACTURED IN 1901

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Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold pair case keyless lever Cabriolet watch
Signed Patek Philippe & Cie., Genève, movement no. 117'813, case no. 265'001, manufactured in 1901
Cal. 15''' gilt-finished jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Breguet numerals, circular finely chased and engraved vermicelli decorated inner case, back centred by a branch of leaves, similarly decorated hinged outer case consisting of three parts, one inner and one outer bezel and reverse centred by a blank cartouche, cases, dial and movement signed
49 mm. diam.
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Lot Essay

With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel dial and "Vermicelli" decoration to the case in 1901 and its subsequent sale on 8 September 1911. Furthermore delivered with a Patek Philippe period presentation box containing a spare main spring.

This watch is a very fine and extremely well-preserved of example a so-called "Cabriolet" watch, distinguished by the two cases conceived for it to be used either "open" and showing the dial or "closed" showing the back of the inner case, hence its designation. The cases are of such outstandingly high quality, allowing the inner case to fit so perfectly into the outer case, that the two sides show virtually no difference, neither visible nor tangible, when used as hunter case. Research has revealed that only eight other "Cabriolet" watches by Patek Philippe have appeared in public to date.

Such case type was presumably created by Abraham Louis Breguet around 1810 for watches he supplied to the Turkish market.

The term "Vermicelli" engraving stands for a surface covered completely with small cuts in form of scrolls, curves and others. The decoration on this watch is of outstanding quality and crispness.

Other examples of "Cabriolet" watches are illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches - Volume I, pp. 102 - 105.
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