Lot No. 384* (94th Auction)
Patek Philippe & Cie. Genève, Movement No. 157342, Case No. 271941, Cal. 19''', 55 mm, 147 g, circa 1911

A magnificent Geneva minute repeating hunting case pocket watch with elaborate case decoration in near mint condition, sold on December 3rd, 1912 - with original exotic wooden box, original Patek Philippe certificate and extract from the archives
Case: 18k gold. Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, gold screw compensation balance.

Gentleman’s minute repeater pocket watches with a calibre size of 17''' to 19''' by Patek Philippe are incredibly rare. In the last 45 years, only about 10 such watches were produced per year. The case size of a Patek Philippe minute repeater pocket watch is usually between 46 and 50 mm. This example, however, has a diameter of 55 mm – only seven other watches of the size exist and only three alltogether have such a large hunting case with this kind of extravagant ornamentation.

This striking hunter watch has as satin-finished case with a marvellous chased scene on the front lid: framed by a border of volutes, a gallant gentleman in baroque-style dress asks a lady on a bench if he may sit with her.

According to the master case maker Jean Pierre Hagmann it is extremely well done and proportioned. An impressive work of handcraft art in case making and engraving. The decorated cover has been punched and the scene has been casted, chiseled and engraved and then soldered on the basic plate. A master piece that hardly anybody can do today.
The polished gold dome is engraved with the name of the recipient, whose initials are repeated on the back of the pocket watch: "LPO" ("Luis P. Onetto").
Estimate  28,000 - 38,000 €
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