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- A RARE AND UNIQUE GILT-BRASS SOLAR-POWERED DESK TIMEPIECE WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SCENE 'VILLE DE GENEVE' BY MADAME LUCE CHAPPAZ
1978 REF 1164 MVT 1803506
- 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
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'.