This most exclusive and highly attractive white gold reference 1491 is believed to be the only example of this model in white gold known to exist to date. A cherished treasure of the same important private collection for more than ten years, safely locked away and unused, it is also extremely well preserved.
The overall monochrome white appearance of the entire watch is beautifully harmonizing the matte silver dial with white gold indexes confirmed by the Extract from the Archives, the white gold Dauphine hands perfectly styled to suit the white gold case. Realized with both polished and brushed finishes, the light playing over the surfaces, angles and curves of the case makes use of light and dark, reflection and shadow to brilliant effect.
A trophy for the Patek Philippe collector, this striking and impressive watch provides almost certainly the only opportunity to possess the one known example of a reference 1491 in a white gold case.
Reference 1491, launched in 1940, is a perfect example of Patek Philippe's continuous search for new and avant-garde innovations, whether in the movement of their watches, or, as in this instance, in the design. The unusual lugs of this model are the progenitor of the new era of watchmaking design that fully dawned in the sixties with unusual case shapes, stepped bezels and fancy lugs.