2103
2103
Patek Philippe
LES PARROQUETS, REFERENCE 1423M A UNIQUE GILT BRASS SOLAR POWERED DOME TABLE CLOCK WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL, MADE IN 1995
Estimate
1,200,0002,000,000
LOT SOLD. 1,375,000 HKD
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2103
Patek Philippe
LES PARROQUETS, REFERENCE 1423M A UNIQUE GILT BRASS SOLAR POWERED DOME TABLE CLOCK WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL, MADE IN 1995
Estimate
1,200,0002,000,000
LOT SOLD. 1,375,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

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Patek Philippe
LES PARROQUETS, REFERENCE 1423M A UNIQUE GILT BRASS SOLAR POWERED DOME TABLE CLOCK WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL, MADE IN 1995
Dial: gilt brass with cloisonné enamel panels
Calibre: 17"250, photo-electric cell
Movement number: 1'804'685
Case: gilt brass and cloisonné enamel
Size: 125 mm diameter x 210 mm high
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Extract from the archives confirming production of the present clock with white dial, hour circle in gilded brass and Roman numerals in 1995 and its subsequent sale on 11 August 2005
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Catalogue Note

As well as producing some of the finest and most complicated watches in the world Patek Philippe have also taken it upon themselves to preserve some of the worlds most complicated art forms which would have, but for watchmaking, all but vanished. The present lot, its surface almost entirely comprised of cloisonné enamel panels, exemplifies this dedication.  

Of all, of what Patek deem their, 'Rare Handcrafts' enamelling is arguably one of the more complex and visually striking artisanal techniques, and this becomes no more evident than on this particular clock. It is a skill that takes years of patient and dedicated practice to master every technique and skill required to successfully create such a work. It is and of itself an incredibly multi-faceted affair and the master enameller is required to control every aspect of the piece's production; from the mixing of the colours themselves, to their delicate application and, finally, their precise firing.   

On the present lot the artist has depicted several parrots or macaw inhabiting a variety of foliage on three panels, to the sides of the timepiece, and the dome itself. The parrot is an important symbol in Chinese culture, and although its symbolism has developed throughout history, generally it is accepted that they represent freedom, long life and wisdom. Women especially held an affinity for the creatures, often considering them guardians of their secrets. Further to this in the art of Feng Shui they are believed to repel negative energy, exemplifying, instead, opportunity and the being the bearers of good news. As with many other dome timepieces the artist has chosen a darker, earthy ground upon which to place their subject. Not only does this serve to intensify the vividity of the colours, but also is a subtle nod to the grounded roots of enamelling itself. 

除生產精美絕倫、功能繁複的高級時計外,百達翡麗仍堅持致力保育複雜鐘錶製作工藝,令此藝術免於時代洪流衝擊下而逐漸式微。蘇富比於是次拍賣為大家呈獻此時計作品,品牌以掐絲琺瑯作素材覆蓋於座鐘表面,以顯對傳統琺瑯工藝的重視。

百達翡麗「珍稀工藝」系列的琺瑯時計作品精緻複雜,流光溢彩,尤見於此座鐘之華麗奪目,手工卓絕。精通琺瑯工藝必先長年耐心專注地反覆練習,方能製造出如此傑作。座鐘外殼由多面琺琅飾板拼合而成,琺瑯大師必須對每個製作步驟運籌帷幄,掌握調色、填色等精細工藝及冶煉技術才可成功製作此鐘。

座鐘的三塊側板及圓頂飾以枝葉叢中棲息的金剛鸚鵡,鸚鵡於中國傳統文化中為代表吉祥之物,雖其象徵意義在歷代有所變化,但都有自由、長壽及智慧的喻義,女性亦將鸚鵡當為秘密的守護者。從風水玄學角度出發,鸚鵡是為辟邪納福,廣傳佳音之物。如其他圓頂座鐘作品一樣,此拍品選用深沉的大地色調以襯托色彩斑斕的鸚鵡,不僅令其羽毛更顯鮮豔,同時亦向早期琺瑯工藝致敬。

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