With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with painted ivory-white dial, Breguet numerals, platinum bracelet, ornamented with diamonds and pearls in 1912 and its subsequent sale on 26 June 1916.
Fresh to the market this watch is a particularly elegant and refined example of one of Patek Philippe's Belle Epoque creations. The painted decoration on its dial can be attributed to a member of the Dufaux family, renowned enamel painters active in Geneva until the first quarter of the 20th century.
Belle Epoque (1895-1914), a movement of artistic refinement greatly affected the creation of mainstream jewelry. Platinum, malleable yet strong, was used to create jewels of unequaled technical artistry. The light-hearted start to the new century inspired lavish yet delicate jewels to complement the fashion of the hourglass silhouette and pale-colored fabrics, with diamonds and pearls reigning supreme. Flowers, bows and ribbons with a lace-like quality featured in what came to be known as 'The Garland Style'.