Lot 198
  • 198

Patek Philippe

40,000 - 60,000 CHF
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  • height 22.5 cm, diameter 13 cm
• cal. 33 photo-electric movement, 29 jewels, free-sprung mono-metallic compensation balance, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions • rectangular silvered dial, circular brushed gilt chapter ring, dauphine hands • the case decorated with a cloisonné enamel scene by Madame Luce Chappaz depicting the city of Geneva, the revolving top fitted with the solar panel, mounted on three fluted feet • dial and movement signed, Extract from the Archives


Please note that the movement is a photo-electric caliber not a mainspring with balance wheel. Movement running, all functions appear fully operational while cataloguing. The clock is housing a solar battery powering an electric motor. Dial spotted due to ageing in some parts, circle ring in gilt metal indicating the hours with PP logo. Top part of the clock shows some hairlines and a crack on the enamel of the Geneva Seal. The glass that covers the solar panels has a hairline. From an overall point of view, this piece is in a well preserved condition with a rare motif depicting the Pont du Mont Blanc. A similar motif depicting the city of Geneva can be found in the Patek Philippe Museum. The Extract from the Archives confirms production of the dome table clock with cloisonné enamel scene ''Geneva 1997'', dial with circle in gilded brass and black Roman numerals.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

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Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

The cloisonné work on this unique piece is beautifully executed. The art of enamelling is assoicated with only the most skilled and patient of artisans. The curved panels and dome of a Patek Philippe solar clock present an extraordinary challenge, such that one clock can take weeks to complete. Each piece is a unique work, created according to the client's specifications. The magnificent 'Ville de Genève' scene was executed by the esteemed enameller Madame Luce Chappaz, whose work can also be found on other Patek Philippe solar clocks such as 'La Dame à la Licorne' and 'La Camargue'.