Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1980 and its subsequent sale on May 25th, 1982.
This piece unique enamel dome clock depicts an endearing mythological tale of love. It tells the story of of Endymion, a handsome young shepherd prince and also the son of Zeus. The young prince is adored by many but especially by the moon-goddess Selene. This is playfully illustrated on the left panel where see cupid striking an arrow towards the couple in a candlelit setting. The young prince has been cast into eternal sleep, immortality, and everlasting youth- a request some say that Zeus granted him at his request, shown in the next panel where Zeus is illustrated laying his hand over his sons head. Others say that it was Selene, so charmed with his beauty that she sent him to sleep so she could kiss him every night without being observed by him. On the third panel we see her journey under a bright moon to visit her prince. On the top panels are depictions of the goddess of hunting, thought to be the Greek Artemis or the Roman Diana. It was said that she protected the young prince's fortunes, increased his flock, and guarded his sheep and lambs from the wild beasts.
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.
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. The first dome clocks produced in the 1950's and 1960's came with a mechanical caliber 17''' pocket watch movement, wound by an electric winding device.
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 1970'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. These clocks also feature a circular brass dial, engraved Roman hour markers, lighter skeleton hands that replaced the heavier Dauphine hands featured on earlier clocks with mechanical movements.
To the best of our knowledge this clock has never before been offered in public.
Similar examples of this clock are illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Volume II, p. 404-411.