PATEK PHILIPPE | LES FAISANS, REFERENCE 1426M-001 A UNIQUE AND EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE GILT BRASS SOLAR POWERED DOME TABLE CLOCK WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL, MADE IN 1995 " | 百達翡麗 | Les Faisans 型號1426M-001 獨一無二及極為吸引鍍金銅製太陽能座鐘，備掐絲琺瑯，機芯編號1804688，1995年製"
LES FAISANS, REFERENCE 1426M-001
A UNIQUE AND EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE GILT BRASS SOLAR POWERED DOME TABLE CLOCK WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL, MADE IN 1995
Les Faisans 型號1426M-001
Dial: gilt brass with cloisonné enamel panels
Calibre: photo-electric cell
Movement number: 1'804'688
Case: gilt brass and cloisonné enamel
Size: 12.5 cm diameter x 21.5 cm high
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, instruction manual and presentation box. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with cloisonné enamel front panels and gilt hour circle with Roman numerals in 1995 and its subsequent sale on 4 July 1995
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The clock is in excellent overall condition with all enamel intact. The gilt brass is presented in excellent overall condition with no apparent signs of any oxidization.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"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."
While Patek Philippe has always been known for its highly complicated horology wristwatches and pocket watches that are encased with the most elegant designs, the Maison was equally an advocate in the field of photoelectric, electronic, and nuclear timekeeping since 1948. At the time when stable electricity was not granted to the general public, Patek Philippe was determined to discover a system that can convert light into potential energy for powering horological devices. This had led to the ground-breaking invention of the manual caliber 17-250, a movement which harnesses solar panels and accumulators to power a mechanical clock like the Dome clock.
While Dome clocks are often not as well-known as some of Patek Philippe’s wristwatches, they are one of the most collectible products of Patek Philippe. Characterized by their cylindrical form, spherical top and often found finely decorated with traditional artisanal techniques such as cloisonné enamels, each clock is unique by its own ornamentations.
Given the theme “Les Faisans” which translate as pheasants in French, the present Dome clock features three horizontal polychrome cloisonné enamel panels that are decorated with a field of marvelously colored pheasants standing and soaring against a background of a hazy morning in a summer forest.
Rendered in polychrome enamel which finely recreates a vision of opulence and regality, the enamellist A. M. Secretan finely displays Patek Philippe’s strength in merging fine art with watchmaking. Complete with accessories and in stunning condition, the present Dome Clock is undoubtedly a masterwork of art.