Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming that the present watch was made in 1895. In 1940, it was returned to Patek Philippe when movement 174'247 was fitted and delivered to the owner on 16 April of the same year. The case is described as "guilloché and engraved coat-of-arms under grey-blue enamel, fleur de lys and Roman numerals on guilloché zone covered with grey-blue enamel, guilloché bezel, enamel fleur de lys on the case band".
Clock watches by Patek Philippe are extremely rare. This watch is particularly unusual as Patek Philippe is known to have reserved the "Grande and Petite Sonnerie" mechanism exclusively for their ultra complicated timepieces.
The present watch bears the French Royal coat-of-arms. In 1895, the year of production, these arms were held by Charles XI, eldest son of the Bourbon branch.
Charles Marie des Douleurs Jean Isidore Joseph François Quirin Antoine Michel Gabriel Raphael de Bourbon (1848-1909), Duke of Madrid, was the Carlist claimant to the throne of Spain and the Legitimist claimant to the throne of France.
He was the first born son of Prince Jean de Bourbon (1822-1887), infant of Spain and Count of Montizon and Princesse Marie Béatrice de Modène (1824-1906), daughter of François IV, Duke of Modène, and a direct descendant of King Louis XIII and King Louis XIV.
After his father's death on 18 November 1887, Charles became the eldest of the descendants of Hugh Capet (King of France 987 to 996), Louis IX or Saint Louis (King of France 1226-1270), Henri IV and Louis XIV. Consequently, he was recognized as "King of France and Navarra" under the name of "Charles XI" by French legitimists.
The House of Bourbon is one of Europe's most important Royal houses. Bourbon kings first ruled Navarre (from 1555) and France from 1589 until the 1792 overthrow of the monarchy during the French Revolution. Restored briefly in 1814 and definitively in 1815 after the fall of the First French Empire, the senior line of the Bourbons was finally overthrown in the July Revolution of 1830. A cadet branch, the House of Bourbon-Orléans, then ruled for 18 years until 1848. Today's most prominent member of the Bourbon family is King Juan Carlos I of Spain.