Patek Philippe Platinum Diamond RARE Post WW II 1950s Egyptian Revival Motif Leaf & Vine Bracelet Watch
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|Scope of delivery||
No original box, no original papers
Mar 3, 2021 - Mar 11, 2021
|Year of production||1950 (Approximation)|
|Condition||Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||
No original box, no original papers
|Location||United States of America, New York, New York, New York|
|Lug width||18 mm|
|Gemstones and/or diamonds, Limited Edition, Only Original Parts|
A Rare Special Order 1950s Post World War II Platinum Patek Philippe Egyptian Revival Style, Triple Diamond Cut “Leaf & Vine” Motif Open Work Bracelet Watch Basic Specifications & Case Dimensions
- 18mm Dial Diameter
- 20mm across to crown x 35mm top to bottom case lugs, 6mm thickness
- Wrist size fits up to 190mm
* Can be resized to be made shorter or extended as a complimentary service if needed
- Recently Serviced & Perfect Working Condition, Accompanied with Patek Philippe Presentation Case
- Egyptian Revival Diamond Set Style Bracelet
* indicated by the geometric openwork pattern bracelet and millgrain diamond set paneling
- 293 Brilliant Round Cut, Baguette & Marquis Cut Diamonds
- Diamond Set Crown
- Platinum Hand Cut Arrow Baton Marker Numbering System to indicate hours
- Satin Silver Dial
- Raised Double Cut Beveled Crystal which gives off extra reflection
- Post World War Two Platinum Case Design-especially rare and unique as metal was scarce
- Contains Patek Philippe’s Smallest made movement
The present timepiece is a very rare & elegant specially ordered 1950s Post World War II Patek Philippe Egyptian Revival Style, Triple Diamond Cut “Leaf & Vine” Motif Open Work Bracelet watch. The timepiece comes with all original matching stones and is in perfect working condition with no signs of damage to the specially ordered beautiful, satin silver dial and is overall excellently preserved with extremely sharp hallmarks throughout further indicating virtually no signs of wear or use by its original owner given its nearly 70-year-old age.
Additionally, while there are only several examples of Patek Philippe diamond timepieces to hit the market there are even less examples ever produced in Platinum especially during the present post world war two period. Notably, Patek Philippe and the other leading firms specifically reserved its use for the most important client orders and their best designs as the metal was especially scarce due to its use in the world wars and therefore extremely expensive as well as very difficult to source.
As a result, many of the leading firms were forced to resort back to the use of 18kt white gold in this period instead, making examples of platinum Patek Philippe’s from this era especially sought-after trophy pieces to collect, not only because they are designed with special attention to detail making them more beautiful and intricately thought out, but also because they are viewed as assets by sophisticated collectors since they are considered the best forms of a Patek Philippe to collect when compared to other relative diamond timepieces.
As a very special commission produced in platinum, the present example stands out as increasingly rarer when compared to other examples because it is also designed with the most iconic and collectible design concept of all time: The Egyptian Revival style.
In 1922, the discovery of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, King Tutankhamen’s tomb was excavated and new trends of Egyptomania gripped society’s fascination instantly becoming one of the most legendary and easily recognizable design concepts of all time becoming synonymous with the art deco period and shortly after as it
inspired everything from art and architecture to fashion and jewelry and timepiece design which adapted the art forms found in the discovered tomb to contemporary styles of the period.
Hieroglyphics written on the tomb walls with ancient drawings and colors of figures on objects and attire buried in the tomb inspired many of the most recognizable fashions, textures, colors and geometric patterns which today is referred to as Egyptian Revival Style. Few examples exist as they often required additional planning and special attention to detail as a means to execute these more well thought out concepts. Leading design firms such as Cartier, Van Cleef and Patek Philippe notably pulled from this very important discovery and as a result, present examples such as the one offered here today were commissioned through immense collaboration between timepiece manufacturers and jewelry houses.
Historically, Patek Philippe has been famously known for their extremely high level of craftsmanship already and also for their use of only the highest quality of available materials especially on their gemstone timepieces to match their reputable workmanship in engineering. Very few timepieces during the 1940s and 1950s were produced by the firm for female clientele especially which more regularly is famed for their known vintage men's timepieces and previously famous for their complicated gentleman’s pocket watches. However, during Post World War Two, women began to become more empowered as a result of their increased participation to help society during the time of war and the timepiece manufacturers and jewelry houses recognized this new empowerment in society and began to work simultaneously together to collaborate and produce some of the most innovative and legendary design concepts by pulling from inspiration sources as the Egyptian Revival motif. As a result, the women's market presented a new demographic of clients in need of timepieces which needed to be as fashionable as functional and because it was considered rude to check the time in the company of others it was extremely important for these designs to appear more so as a bracelet than that of a watch, making it easier for its user to view the time without their company realizing it as that was considered rude behavior.
As a result, this also prompted the need for new innovation and a new shift in focus to produce the smallest movements was essential, capable of fitting into elaborate fine diamond set feminine bespoke bracelet watches designs. For Patek Philippe this was a revolutionary concept especially since the firm primarily focused on timekeeping accuracy especially, but with the ability to produce the smallest and most accurate timepiece, Patek Philippe soon was able to produce and supply the world’s premier diamond creations of this periods timepieces.
The present example, Fitted with Patek Philippe’s smallest movement caliber in production, represents not only the most iconic design concept of Egyptian Revival Style, but also a cross section where the mastery in gem setting meets technological wonder to produce one of the most beautiful legendary design concepts ever produced.
As a result, specially ordered timepieces for important clients were commissioned which would demand only the most intricate and well thought out creative timepiece designs and gemstones for a wide range of the world’s most prestigious clientele from president’s wives to princesses and celebrities, alike. As a means to satisfy these very special client orders Patek Philippe create made to order timepiece examples such as the present example which combines art of watchmaking with the allure of historic wonders to produc truly unique timepieces.
Designed with 3 different styles of Diamond stone cuts: 1. Approximately 10 Baguette cut diamonds in graduated sizing 2. 8 Marquis cut 3. & last but not least, 275 Brilliant round cut diamonds The present example illustrates the Egyptian Revival style carefully designed in an open work panel design concept which is designed in the similar geometric shapes commonly found when the discovery of King Tut’s tomb occurred in 1922. Additionally, indicated the sharp angles which interconnect to produce a flattened and graduated diamond set chain links it has a noticeably beautiful style depicted in the Egyptian Revival motif. As the bracelet continues towards the beautiful diamond set dial, also notable is the leaf and vine diamond set motif which is carefully illustrated with the leaves represented by marquis cut diamonds on either side and baguette cut diamonds to represent the vines, a consistent theme also exhibited during this period and probably why so many collectors view Patek Philippe’s examples as both timeless and iconic since their creations in the 1940s and 1950s are as in fashion today as it was 50 plus years ago. Furthermore, a creation such as this would have been extremely costly as a result of the limited materials and timely effort to coordinate mixed stone motif and since each part of the bracelet setting was planned out proportionally so that it could evoke a specific style and effect and comfort level when worn.
Also interesting to note, as with many of Patek Philippe’s diamond bracelet watches of this period, they are designed to be sophisticated as well as simplistic making them extremely versatile in nature as once can wear this causally to a luncheon or styled for the most premier of evening events.
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