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Patek Philippe Chronotome Electronic Clock

$24,500

About

This rare, one-of-a-kind quartz-controlled electronic chronotome clock was crafted by the renowned Patek Philippe of Geneva as part of the firm's Electronic Clock System. Every Patek Philippe electronic clock was made on a special commissioned basis, meaning no two systems are alike. The present timepiece was created for the Swiss Shortwave Service, which later became Swiss Radio International. This horological wonder keeps track of the time using a quartz crystal, an innovation in its time. Notorious for their mechanically complex wrist and pocket watches, it is no surprise that the Swiss firm of Patek Philippe developed such an advanced timepiece. The present model, the Chronotome, was developed in 1958 and stood apart from other clocks as it had the ability to store and use energy with the inclusion of five rechargeable batteries. Such a device would be helpful when the clock was used away from an immediate source of power. Marked "Patek Philippe/“Genève on the dial and case. Measures: 21 3/4" wide x 23 5/8” deep x 15 3/4” high.

Details

  • Creator
    Patek Philippe (Clockmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.75 in. (40.01 cm)Width: 21.75 in. (55.25 cm)Depth: 25.63 in. (65.11 cm)
  • Style
    Industrial (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    20th Century
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 30-29331stDibs: LU891117446842

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    Ships From: New Orleans, LA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About Patek Philippe (Clockmaker)

It shouldn’t be surprising that a Patek Philippe holds the world auction record for a watch ($31.2 million for a Patek Grandmaster Chime, sold at Christie’s Geneva last November, in case anyone’s wondering). Known for impeccable craftsmanship and some of the most complicated timepieces ever created, the brand is considered by many to be the height of fine watchmaking. The house was founded in Geneva in 1839 by Polish expats Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek. Czapek left the firm, and in 1845, Patek partnered with French watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Catering to the glitterati of Europe, the pair counted among their clients Tolstoy, Pope Pius IX and Queen Victoria, as well as Countess Koscowicz of Hungary, for whom they created the first Swiss-made wristwatch in 1868. They also had their eye on the American market and in 1851 entered an arrangement with Tiffany & Co. still in effect today.

During the Great Depression, brothers Jean and Charles Stern, who had previously supplied Patek Philippe with watch dials, bought the company, and it continues to be run by the Stern family today.

Under the Sterns, the house has developed some of its most famous models, including the Calatrava, an elegantly minimal dress watch introduced in 1932 and named for the Calatrava Cross (the company’s logo since 1887), and the Nautilus, the brand’s first sports watch, conceived by legendary designer Gérald Genta in 1976.

Despite the house’s longevity, it’s rumored that it has manufactured fewer than a million Patek watches, making each one all the more coveted.

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