Found: A Patek Philippe Ref. 1563 Owned By Duke Ellington And A Cloisonné World Time Clock, Coming Up At The Patek Grand Exhibition

Found: A Patek Philippe Ref. 1563 Owned By Duke Ellington And A Cloisonné World Time Clock, Coming Up At The Patek Grand Exhibition

The Art Of Watches Exhibition has shown in different settings yet this is the first run through it’s made a trip to New York, and for the New York rendition of the show, an uncommon U.S. Memorable Room has been added which will highlight various Pateks owned by significant figures in American history. These incorporate a ref. 130J chronograph once owned by Joe DiMaggio just as a quartz work area clock given to President John F. Kennedy by Willy Brandt, at that point Mayor of Berlin, in 1962.

Two a greater amount of the pieces that will be remembered for the show are a reference 1563 rattrapante chronograph once owned by in all honesty Duke Ellington himself, and a world-time check in a domed cloisonné enamel case, with the eight-day development changed to make it a world-clock by the incomparable Louis Cottier, the watchmaker who is viewed as the innovator of the advanced world-time complication. How about we take a gander at the Duke’s watch first.

The Duke Ellington Ref. 1563

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington ruled during his lifetime as one of the best, if not ostensibly the single most noteworthy figure throughout the entire existence of jazz, however Ellington liked to consider his work “past class.” In a profession crossing more than fifty years he set up an orchestra which right up ’til the present time is viewed as without companion and large numbers of his performers played with him for quite a long time including the incredible saxophonist John Hodges, considered one of the characterizing jazz saxophonists of the 20th century.

Ellington was the creator of over 1,000 compositions and the Duke Ellington Orchestra played in the USA as well as widely abroad too and it was while on visit soon after the finish of World War II that Ellington purchased the watch in Geneva on July 28, 1948. 

If Duke Ellington is apparently the superior expert of 20th century jazz, the ref. 1563 is seemingly the best of all vintage Pateks shy of single unique pieces like the Graves supercomplication. Just three ref. 1563 chronographs are known to exist, and beside Duke Ellington’s, both are in the possession of private gatherers; the last example to come to sell was offered by Christie’s in 2013 and it sold for $1,572,789; should one be offered today in 2017, without a doubt the vender could name their price. 

Another Ref. 1563 At Auction

Find out additional about the ref. 1563 in our glance at the 2013 Christie’s sale here.

The Duke Ellington 1563 was acquired by the Patek Philippe Museum in 2002 by Phillips De Pury & Luxembourg for $1,593,396 after what the sale notes from Christie’s in the 2013 posting depict as “savage offering,” and as of recently, to see this most vessel of chalice Patek Philippe watches required an excursion to Geneva; you’ll have the option to see it very close beginning July 13 in New York. 

This is such a watch that truly characterizes what the top of the line looks like in watch gathering; it has everything including perhaps the most refined, all things considered, an undeniable and faultless provenance, an association with the bluest of nobility haute de gamme watchmakers and obviously, the way that it is a wonderful example of the zenith of mid-20th century watch configuration doesn’t hurt. 

Table Clock Ref. 828 HU, With World Time Complication By Louis Cottier

The thought of having the option to peruse the time in different areas around the globe from a solitary dial, is anything but a new one and as right on time as the late Renaissance, you can see examples of tickers with the names of different urban communities painted around the dial. However, the world time complication as today is known, in which a turning 24 hour circle immediately shows the time around the globe in combination with focal hour and moment hands that show neighborhood time, was designed in around 1930-31 by the Genevan watchmaker Louis Cottier, whose father was likewise a watchmaker and who made automatons and tickers. Cottier built the world time complication around developments given by a few distinct customers and obviously one of his most popular was Patek Philippe, who launched its first wristwatch model with the Cottier framework in 1939, in the reference 1415.

Lot 213 from a r ecent Sotheby’s bartering , ref. 1415 with cloisonné dial; 1947.

This table check was made in 1952, and notwithstanding the world time development it has a case in yellow gold, cloisonné veneer, and silver, sitting on an octagonal base with eight feet. The hands of the clock were documented from gold, by hand, by Cottier and the plating is a wonderful example of the craftsmanship as drilled in Geneva during the 20th century. While the exhibition hall notes don’t make reference to for which customer this specific piece was made, the world time dial provides some insight as it shows the world fixated on Mexico with Mexico City selected in red enamel.

In specific, one of the finish embellishments on the case shows two gold lines highlighting an area in focal Mexico on the Pacific coast, with an adapted portrayal of smoke coming from an industrial facility chimney; maybe this was the home of the individual who commissioned the clock. The Museum notes allude to the Sonoran city of Cananea, however where the gold lines meet appears to be excessively far south for this to be a strong applicant. Closer urban communities are Puerta Vallarta, and Mazatlan.

In any case, wherever the owner may have hailed from he gotten an exceptional piece of finish work. Cloisonné plating includes making shapes out of level gold wire which is then attached to a gold base; the shapes are then loaded up with veneer glue (ground hued glass blended in with oil or water as a fastener) and afterward terminating. The terminating makes the cover vanish and happens at a sufficiently high temperature to dissolve and breaker the glass powder into a solitary level surface. By and large this is done on a level surface, with respect to example most cloisonné watch dials and keeping in mind that this is a profoundly gifted craftsmanship, to do plating and particularly cloisonné plating on a bended surface requires enormous ability. For authorities of horological plating a clock such as this one, with its set of experiences, association with Cottier himself, and very captivating polish adornments, would be exceptionally alluring (and obviously, amazingly costly however as gatherers from the beginning of time have said, what cost beauty?).

For more data on the upcoming show check out our declaration ; and once more, we desire to see everybody there!


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