During the 1980's Patek Philippe embarked on the mission to produce a very small series of "Grand Complication" pocket watches in the traditional way of how watches were produced in the company's early history, perpetuating their famed watchmaking skills. While all based on the same 20''' movement, every watch is a unique piece with superb finish and bearing the testimony to the continuation of the renowned reputation of Patek Philippe to provide the best highly complicated timepieces. Most of the grand complication clock watches were designed open-faced. The ref. 942/1 ultra complicated watch carrying movement numbered 866776 was published in the 1993 Patek Philippe catalogue, sequentially 4 numbers after the present lot. According to our research, the present watch is the only hunting-cased example ever appeared at the public market.
In addition to its impeccable functions, this watch was enriched and decorated by the top enamellist, G. Menni of her finest work. The art of enameling is reserved for only the most skilled and patient artisans. Patek Philippe has been dedicated to maintain this almost lost technique by associating them with the finest Geneva timepieces. These rare Patek Philippe timepieces are often made to special order with the subject matter chosen by the client including famous landscape and portrait paintings, celebrities or even family members of the owners. Every now and then we can see enameling on time telling only open-faced watches attract competitions in auctions. The flawless work of miniature enameling on both sides of the hunting case makes this grand complication watch exceedingly rare.
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