This present lot is one of the early generation solar domed clocks to feature a Calibre 33 photo-electric quartz movement recharged by a solar panel. Patek Philippe's photo-electric clock was not only among the first civilian uses of solar power, but the first application of this technology in any horological piece. It was also the first freestanding, portable timepiece operated by means other than a traditional mechanical movement. Along with the advent of the electro-mechanical and quartz movements, this solar-powered milestone was one of several significant advances in the third quarter of the 20th century that threatened to render mechanical movements obsolete.
While every single piece is a unique work, Patek Philippe's cloisonné enamel dome clocks were created for the motif of the client's request. The present enamel dome clock was meticulously crafted by Marie-Françoise Martin (MFM. as signed on the side of clock), one of Patek Philippe's most acclaimed enamel artists. The works of Marie-Françoise Martin were incredibly distinctive and unique, mostly denoted by her vibrant colour use. The present lot, whimsically named as the 'Travestis', (where people are dressed in costumes and have parties, for example The Carnival of Venice), sophistically depicted the operatic and joyful scenes in which people engage in the jovial parties. The lively and bright colours of the enamel vividly portrayed a convivial picture, spreading the festive and cheery atmosphere to admirers.
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