Called the "Top Hat" or more affectionately by the Italian collectors "Cinesino", reference 1450 was presented to the market in 1940 and was produced until 1960.
The cases were made by Markowski, the distinguished case maker for shape watches, dials were made by Stern Freres and the movements were the calibres 9'''90, the best of its kind used by Patek Philippe for most of its shaped wristwatches.
Over 100 examples of reference 1450 in 18K yellow gold are known, but only few with the Tiffany & Co. signature on the dial. Tiffany & Co. was and remains one of the most prestigious Patek Philippe retailers in the United States.
Its unusual case shape, the presence of the Tiffany signature on the dial, movement stamped HOX, the export mark to Henri Stern Watch Agency (Patek Philippe USA), and the overall pristine condition of the offered lot, makes it one the most desirable rectangular wristwatches from the 1940s Patek Philippe's production. Its condition of freshness to the market is a further boost to the collectability of this timepiece.
Other examples of reference 1450 are illustrated and described in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alain Banbery, 2nd edition p. 137, pl. 196.