Patek, Philippe & Cie., Genève, Movement No. 74859, Case No. 74859, Cal. 15a, 36 mm, 48 g, circa 1885
An exceptionally rare, very fine, convertible (cabriolet), painted on enamel, triple-cased pendant watch with hand painted enamel dial. Sold to Jaques & Marcus, New York on September 15, 1886 for 475 SFr. It is one of only two known Patek Philippe watches having three cases. Case: outer case - 18k rose gold, large lateral hinge. Middle Case - 18k gold, polychrome enamelled back side, depiction of a pastoral scene. Inner case - 18k rose gold,, polished case band, glazed case back. Dial : enamel, the center with painted polychrome enamel scene of a girl and a landscape, hand painted blue Roman hours and red minutes against a rose-coloured ground, gold Louis XVI hands. Movm.: bridge movement, maillechort, "fausses côtes" decoration, signed, 18 jewels, wolfteeth winding wheels, counterpoised "Moustache" lever, cut-bimetallic compensation balance with gold temperature and mean-time adjustment screws, blued steel balance spring.
A similar convertible (cabriolet) pocket watch by Patek Philippe & Co. (movement no. 74861) was sold in our 86th auction, lot 300 and achieved EUR 85.100. Both triple-cased pendant watches with enamel paintings were sold to Jaques & Marcus in New York on September 15th, 1886.
The watch is spectacular, not only the back but also the dial are entirely hand painted including the numerals and the minute track. The hand strokes of the painter are visible in the minute markers, as well as in the finish of the numerals. The case is constructed in such a way that it can be either an open face showing the dial, or a hunting case showing the enamel. It is also one of only two known Patek Philippe watches having three cases.
Patek Philippe began using enamel in their cases already in 1839, the first year of the production. The tradition continued to the modern days. In the 1970's and 1980's the enamel work by such artists as Suzanne Rohr or Luce Chappaz decorated few special Patek Philippe pocket watches. The highest degree of the perfection of Patek Philippe enamels falls in the 1880s. This period, a century later, inspired the company to launch a limited series of modern enamel watches such as the famous ref. 866.
Estimate 20,000 - 50,000 €
Price Realised 24,800 €
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