Reference 3424 A yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch, designed by Gilbert Albert, Circa 1962
June 15, 04:01 PM GMT
50,000 - 80,000 USD
A yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch, designed by Gilbert Albert, Circa 1962
Caliber: cal. 8'''85 mechanical, 18 jewels
Movement number: 857'553
Case: 18k yellow gold, snap on case back
Case number: 2'622'904
Closure: 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle
Size: 39 x 27 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe service box, service leather pouch, service papers and service hang tag
In 1955, Patek Philippe teamed up with an unlikely designer. Gilbert Albert was a Geneva based jeweler aged only 25 years old when he joined the Patek Philippe design team. A talented artist as well as jeweler, Albert was inspired by the works by Brancusi and Mondrian and incorporated their works into his avant-garde designs. Probably the most recognizable, iconic and popular of his designs for Patek is his asymmetrically cased reference 3424. It’s an icon of 20th century design, both unconventional and elegant and as fresh today as it was when first launched at the Basel Fair in 1959.
It is thought that only circa 90 were produced in yellow gold, 30 in pink, 18 in white gold and 24 in platinum. The stunning cases to the watches was made by Markowski (Geneva Key 8) and housed a caliber 8”’85, 18 jeweled manual wound movement. The majority wore a Stern Freres made dial, constructed from gold with satin silvered finish with sector indexes.
The current watch presents in excellent condition and is accompanied by its Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale on May 15, 1962