Ancient Egypt immediately captured the hearts and minds of western society, following the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb on 4 November 1922. The media breathlessly chronicled Howard Carter’s expedition, churning out fantastical stories about the archeological triumph. Egyptian culture influenced every aspect of society, from film, to literature, food and fashion. So smitten was the West that sociologists dub this era ‘Tutmania’. The horological world was not immune to ‘Tutmania’. During the 1920s, high-end watchmakers produced Egyptian inspired masterpieces, featuring precious materials and exquisite designs. During this period, Patek Philippe produced a few unique enamel masterpieces for its most exclusive client. Displaying ‘Tutmania’ in all its glory, this watch features a beautiful polychrome enamel portrait of Egyptian deity Geb. As the god of earth and fecundity, Geb is typically accompanied with a goose, seen on his crown. Two geese furthermore flank his head. Geb dons traditional garb, which is rendered in lush green enamel, evoking vegetation. Images of oxen, farmers and plants surround the deity, reinforcing his power and virtues.The polychrome enamel painting is rendered beautifully, capturing every small detail, down to the flick of the oxen’s ear. The enamel has been preserved in exceptional condition, considering its age, and the blue surround is painted with painstaking care. It is free of hairlines and cracks. The dial is equally stunning, as the enamel Arabic numerals exhibit bold and beautifully translucent tones. The white enamel is furthermore preserved in excellent condition without any imperfections. Only Patek Philippe had the ability to create works of art at this level, highlighting the rarity and importance of the present watch. Manufactured in 1900, this fresh-to-the-market-watch was coincidentally sold the very year of King Tut's discovery, and truly captures the zeitgeist of the 1920s.百達翡麗琺瑯懷錶 大地之神蓋柏自1922年11月4日考古學家發現圖坦卡蒙國王古墓後，神秘的古埃及文化便迅速直捲西方社會並造成巨大影響。媒體鉅細靡遺地記錄了考古學家霍華德˙卡特的探險，為大眾呈現這項石破天驚的考古成就。當時的西方文化受到劇烈衝擊，瞬間舉凡電影、文學、食品、時尚產品皆因此而產生巨大的改變，所以當時社會學家稱此現象為圖坦熱潮。鐘錶界亦深受影響，1920年代許多高級製錶商因此而受到啟發，設計了一系列精美奢華的傑作。百達翡麗於同一時期，也為尊貴客戶訂製數件獨一無二的琺瑯精品。本懷錶以多彩琺瑯描繪古埃及神－大地之神蓋柏，完美重現圖坦熱潮的輝煌時期。畫中可見大地之神蓋柏的標誌鵝形冠，翠綠琺瑯的傳統服飾象徵農作興盛，蓋柏的頭像周圍環繞牛、農民、農作等圖樣，宣揚大地之神的強大和美德。琺瑯工藝的每個環節皆精美細緻，小至牛耳都唯妙唯肖。本拍品擁有悠長歷史，機芯於1900年生產，1920年代售出。半透明的藍色琺瑯彩色澤亮麗依舊，白色琺瑯錶盤和琺瑯阿拉伯數字狀況良好，整體琺瑯完整無暇，此等品相保存至今實屬難得。本拍品首次現身於拍賣市場，透過這件佳作，無疑再次印證百達翡麗是完美結合藝術與頂級製錶工藝的宣道者。
A highly exceptional, attractive and unique yellow gold and polychrome enamel openface watch depicting Egyptian deity Geb
Case, dial and movement signed
The movement is ticking at the time of cataloguing. The dial is intact and in excellent condition. There is a very minor chip to the dial at the centre post within the subsidiary seconds, however, this is very minor and very difficult to see. The polychrome enamel is exceptionally executed with very bright colours and extremely good details. The quality of the painting is exceptional. The bezel and case back is free of any restorations or repairs. There is an area of discolouration to the blue enamel at the very top left and a second area of discolouration at the bottom at 6 o'clock. There are some minor restorations to the band at the opening, which is the thinnest part of the watch. The inside case back with some scratches visible with the naked eye. Overall an outstanding watch with historical significance.
45 mm. diameter