• 8''' bezel-wound jewelled gilt movement with cylinder escapement • white dial, Arabic numerals, blued steel spade hands • 18k yellow gold ball-form case with blue enamel, bezel winding and hand-setting • movement and case numbered • with matching 18k yellow gold and enamel chain
In the 1878 Paris Exhibition, a showcase was devoted to these charming ball-form watches. As a result of this publicity, Patek Philippe received orders for 'boules de Genève' from preeminent families all around the globe, and sold similar pieces to Prince Hussein Kamil of Egypt in 1887 and to Empress Teresa of Brazil in 1888. These pieces are documented in the exhibition catalogue for the 'Timepieces of Royalty' exhibition at the Patek Philippe Museum, in autumn 2005. The museum's permanent exhibition currently includes a few later examples of ball-form watches with varying dimensions and ornamentation.
For an other example of a Patek Philippe ball-form pendant watch, see: Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Watches, Vol. II, Second Edition, p. 75. While the published example is from 1912, the present lot was made 40 years earlier.
For further discussion, see Tellier, A., Timepieces for Royalty Exhibition Catalogue, 1850-1910 by Patek Philippe, p. 169-170.