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Patek Philippe
'PENDULETTE DÔME' REF 1357 GILT-BRASS AND ENAMEL TABLE CLOCK MADE IN 1990
Dial: ecru, raised gilt chapter ring
Calibre: cal. 33, photo-electric cell
Movement number: 1'804'498 
Case: cylindrical with 4 individual polychrome cloisonné enamel panels depicting a horse race
Dimensions: 225 x 130mm
Signed: dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, instruction manual, presentation case and Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on May 25th, 1990
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Catalogue Note

The Patek Philippe Dome clock was first presented in 1955. Back then, and throughout the 50s and 60s, the clock was equipped with a mechanical 17''' pocket watch movement, which was wound by an electric winding device that was itself powered through solar cells. Starting in 1970, dome clocks were sold with quartz movements and over time their solar captors have become smaller. They completely disappeared in the year 2007, as the quartz movement is since powered solely with batteries.

What makes these clocks appealing and desirable for collectors is the fact that every single one is a unique work of art, often upon request of clients, and the enamel decoration never repeated. The theme of the present lot is called "Champ de Courses" and depicts a scene from a racecourse. Two jockeys can be seen on their horses fighting to win the competition and on top of the dome the spectators that follow the action with binoculars and suspense. 

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