Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of this Dôme timepiece in 1985 and its subsequent sale on 1 October 1985 when it was purchased by the present owner. It stands out by its very attractive enamel scene as well as the unusual dial set up, featuring enamel decorations to the corners as opposed to the more common plain layout.
The cloisonné enamel scene represents a view of Lake Geneva, the barges and the Mont Blanc. These barges or lake boats appeared as early as the 13th century when, under Savoy domination, navigation on Lake Geneva increased noticeably. Geneva also had its own fleet which in times of peace was used for merchant service but the army was trained to sail them for naval combat. Up to the 20th century these barges played an important part in Geneva' s economy and were mainly used to transport gravel and stones, used for the city's construction work.
Today, the last of these barges still sailing on Lake Geneva is "The Neptune", constructed in 1904, which nowadays belongs to the "Neptune Foundation" and is used for lake cruises.
The solar powered "Dôme" table clock was launched in the mid 1950s and still today Patek Philippe produces few examples of these light-powered timepieces every year, each in its unique and individual cloisonné enamel decorated case.