Accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1965 and its subsequent sale on May 17th of the following year.
The present watch is from the celebrated Ricochet collection of asymmetrical watches, described and illustrated in Patek Philippe Wristwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, second edition, pp. 78, 163 (ref. 3424 in platinum with diamond-set bezel), 187 and 188. Many of these revolutionary designs never went above the prototype stage, thought to be due to the uncertain commercial success of the revolutionary design.
The avant-garde design of reference 3424 however appealed to Patek Philippe's clientele and consequently lead to the manufacture of an extremely small quantity of this model: according to our research, only five examples of this reference in white gold have appeared in public to date.
Few wristwatches have achieved such iconic status as the asymmetric creations by Patek Philippe. Even 50 years after its creation, reference 3424 is more modern than many watches of current production. Thanks to its landmark design and touch of contemporary art, it promises to attract more curious and admiring looks than numerous complicated peers could ever hope for.
In the early 1960s Patek Philippe teamed up with Gilbert Albert, a young jewelry designer based in Geneva, to produce a series of unusual wristwatches. Albert designed some of the most daring and unconventional cases that Patek Philippe would ever put into production. His asymmetrical designs are considered as cutting-edge today as they were 50 years ago.
Gilbert Albert was born in Geneva in 1930, and studied Jewellery and Design at Geneva's Ecole des Arts Industriels. After completing his studies, he joined Patek Philippe as designer and head of the workshop. During the seven years he spent with the manufacturer, he created some of the firm's most daring designs, most notably the asymmetrical models from the "Ricochet" series.
Gilbert Albert was greatly inspired by modern art, in particular works by Brancusi and Mondrian. His unusual yet timeless designs are considered as cutting-edge and unconventional today as they were when first produced 50 years ago. His designs were awarded the prestigious "Oscar" award at the Diamonds International Awards ten times - three for Patek Philippe, two for Omega, and five under his own name.
In 1962, he opened his own workshop in Geneva, specializing in the design and manufacture of unique jewels and objects. Albert's work was exhibited around the world, and in 1991 was the first living artist since 1917 to be invited to show his creations in the Moscow Kremlin.