- A FINE AND UNIQUE GILT-BRASS SOLAR-POWERED DESK TIMEPIECE WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SCENE
REF 736 MVT 872658 CASE 203 MADE IN 1957
- gilt-brass and enamel
• cal. 17-250, photo-electric movement • silvered dial plate, gilt matte chapter ring, sapphire-set and engraved indexes, dauphine hands • case decorated with cloisonné enamel allegories of airplane, boat, castle, horse and hunting • the revolving top fitted with the solar panel, mounted on three fluted feet • dial and movement signed Patek Philippe
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.
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. This model is probably a special order as it appears to be personal anecdote of someone’s life.