• cal. 17-250''' photo-electric movement • rectangular silvered dial, circular gilt chapter ring, dauphine hands • the case decorated with a polychrome cloisonné enamel abstract painting in tones of grey, blue and red, the revolving top fitted with the solar panel, mounted on three fluted feet • case numbered, dial and movement signed
With a Patek Philippe Extract from Archives confirming sale on September 26th, 1956. Further accompanied with original red fitted presentation box.
The earliest Patek Philippe dome clocks released in the mid-1950s featured the 17''' mechanical movement and was electronically wound and powered through solar cells contained on the top of the dome. The user simply rotated the upper dome towards the source of light to ensure that the movement would accumulate enough power to run the timepiece.
According to our research, this dome clock represents the earliest known enameled dome clock to appear on the market. Made in 1956, this dome clock was most likely made for the 1956 Basel show to showcase the extraordinary art of enameling that was becoming increasingly popular at the time.
The subject matter of this dome clock, simply titled 'Abstract in Blue, Grey, and Red' within the Patek Philippe archives, represents some of the finest cloisonné work of the mid-20th century. The curved panels and dome of a Patek Philippe solar clock present an extraordinary challenge to the enameller, such that one clock can take months to complete. The abstract nature of this clock uses form, color, and line to compose a visual symphony that makes this clock transcend the traditional definition of a timepiece and become a true work of art.
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