At its sale of Important Watches, held as long ago as 29th November 2007, Christie's sold a rather splendid example of an armorial watch.
Described as a:
"PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE, RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL KEYLESS LEVER FOB WATCH OF ARMORIAL GOTHIC THEME SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 110'196, CASE NO. 221'962, CIRCA 1898.
With nickel-finished lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, green translucent enamel cuvette on guilloché background, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, gold Arabic five minute divisions, pierced hands, the finely pierced chased and engraved case decorated throughout, armorial shield to the reverse, bordered by Gothic decoration pierced to reveal the green enamel cuvetted behind, together with a similarly decorated fob depicting an armoured helmet and mask, surmounted by a crown and cascading feathers with an abundance of decorative foliage, case stamped with Patek Philippe Calatrava cross, dial and movement signed
27 mm diam.
Please note this watch is accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1898 and its subsequent sale on 13 December 1900."
It fell under the hammer for HK$ 125'000 ($16'140).
I rather like it.
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