An Empire style gilt brass solar desk clock Patek Philippe. Ref. 1642. Case no. 810.
Lot 48
An Empire style gilt brass solar desk clock Patek Philippe. Ref. 1642. Case no. 810.
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,404) inc. premium
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Lot Details
An Empire style gilt brass solar desk clock
Patek Philippe. Ref. 1642. Case no. 810.
Having a 5 ½" dial with Roman hours and moon hands, annotated 'Patek Philippe a' Geneve'; movement no. 874080, motor no. 2348; the portico style case with solar cells in top, four reeded columns above a plain base, raised on circular feet. With case no. 810 28cm ( 11 inches) high

Footnotes

  • Patek Philippe had the revolutionary idea of inventing a light-powered mechanism which could hold additional storage in an electronic accumulator. Patek Philippe's photoelectric cells combines the best in old and new world technology in the mechanical 17"' movement, and for this, they were awarded Patent 298564 for photoelectric energy in 1954. So novel was this invention that it was exhibited at the 1955 World Symposium and displayed at the Museum of Science in Boston.
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