Patek Philippe “Form” Watches

Patek Philippe "Form" Watches

Patek Philippe “Form” Watches Introduction
This breaks from the rest of this site, focused on vintage wristwatches. Here I detour into the world of Patek Philippe “form” watches. These rare timepieces, from the latter half of the 19th century, take the form of pendant hearts and balls, and each of one known scarab beetle booch and backpack pocket watch timepieces.
Patek Philippe Heart Pendant Watches

I believe there to be eight known heart-form pendants. Each heart pendants is unique, through all key-wound and of the same shape and size (the ones with images found are all hunter cases), and were produced in a period of time from the mid/late-1850s to the mid-1860s. It is interesting to see the same retailer (Hessenberg) for at least two of these pieces given their rarity.

If you own or know of others, please let me know.

Movement number: 15331
Case number: 15331
Manufacture date: 1858
Calibre: 9”, heart-shaped
Signature: dial, case and movement
Material: 18k gold, red garnets, pearl, enamel
Dimensions: length 27mm, width 25mm
Sale date: November 1864
Last public sale: Antiquorum, Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces, Geneva, 12 May 2019
Last public sale price: CHF 32,500
Last public comments: in original fitted box with winding key
Prior sale: Art of Patek Philippe, Geneva, 9 April 1989
Prior sale price: unknown
Prior sale comments: in this auction catalog a different sized caliber and also heart size are noted

Patek Philippe Heart Pendant: 15331

Movement number: 16129
Manufacture date: 1859 per Extract
Calibre: 10” (movement signed)
Material: 18k gold, amethyst, diamond, enamel
Dimensions: diameter 27mm
Sale date: Unknown
Last public sale: Christies, Important Watches, Hong Kong, 29 May 2008
Last public sale price: HKD 247,500

Patek Philippe Heart Pendant: 16’129

Movement number: 16217
Case number: 16217
Manufacture date: 1859 per Extract
Calibre: 9’, heart-shaped
Cuvette: signed AMW, numbered (per Christie’s sale, below)
Signature: dial, case and movement
Material: 18k yellow gold, diamond rose, enamel
Dimensions: length 29mm, width 22mm
Sale date: August 5, 1868
Last public sale: JP Timepieces (and here)
Last public sale price: USD 20,900
Last public comments: in original box
Prior public sale: Christie’s, Important Watches, 15 November 2010
Prior public sale price: CHF 10,625

Patek Philippe Heart Pendant: Movement No. 16.217, Case No. 16.217

Movement number: 16219
Manufacture date: c.1854 per catalog, but movement would date to 1859
Material: 18k gold, red tourmaline, pearl, enamel
Retailer: Sackermann Hessenberg & Co, Frankfurt
Dimensions: length 27mm, width 25mm
Sale date: Unknown
Last public sale: Antiquorum, Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Geneva, 16 October 2005
Last public sale price: CHF 26,450

Patek Philippe Heart Pendant: 16219

Movement number: 25089
Manufacture date: 1864 per Extract
Calibre: 9”, heart-shaped
Cuvette: signed and numbered for the retailer and maker
Material: Gold, garnet, diamond, enamel
Retailer: Hessenberg & Co., Frankfurt
Dimensions: length 32mm, width 24mm
Sale date: December 9, 1864
Last public sale: Sotheby’s, Important Watches, Geneva, 11 May 2008
Last public sale price: CHF 43,000
Last public comments: one hand missing, service required

Patek Philippe Heart Pendant: 25089

Movement number: 6965 (I am not sure why this breaks with the numbers of other form watches)
Manufacture date: unknown
Calibre: 9”, heart-shaped, 10 jewels, key winding
Material: 18k yellow gold, rose diamonds, blue enameled covers, blued steel hands, white enamel dial
Sale date: May 23, 1854
Source: Illustrated in Patek Philippe by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, First edition, p. 108 & 109, pl. 17a-c. (also referenced in Christie’s and Sotheby’s)

Patek Philippe Heart Pendant: 6965

Movement number: unknown
Calibre: 9”, heart-shaped
Manufacture date: est 1854
Material: Gold, diamonds, green enamel cover

Movement number: unknown
Calibre: 9”, heart-shaped
Manufacture date: est 1854
Material: Gold
Case: Leaf design on cover

Patek Philippe Pendant Ball Watches

These pendant balls are more common than other Patek Philippe form pieces of the time, seen in mid-1860s, and with additional orders taking place after the 1878 Paris Exhibition [see Sotheby’s Catalogue Note].

If you own or know of others, please let me know.

Discussion can be found in Tellier, A., Timepieces for Royalty Exhibition Catalogue, 1850-1910 by Patek Philippe, p. 169-170 (via Sotheby’s)

Movement number: 30239
Unsigned, with single number as typical at the time
Manufacture date: 1866 per Extract
Calibre: 8” bezel-wound jewelled gilt movement with cylinder escapement
Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds, blue enamel
Dimensions: 22mm
Sale date: June 22, 1866
Last public sale: Sotheby’s London, 8 March 2016
Last public sale price: [passed on estimate of 9,000-12,000 GBP]
Prior public sale: Sotheby’s New York, 28 April 2009
Prior public sale price: USD 31,250
Comments: Patek Philippe fitted helmet-form presentation box and spare original the winding mechanism, which is activated by turning one hemisphere of the watch.

Patek Philippe Boule de Geneve: Movement No. 30.239, Case No 30.239

Movement number: 31877
Manufacture date: c. 1867 [shows as “c.” in catalog although Extract was included]
Calibre: 8”
Material: gold
Dimensions: 22mm
Sale date: November 19th, 1867 per Extract
Last public sale: Dr.Crott, Frankfurt, November 12, 2016
Last public sale price: unknown [estimate of 22,000 – 35,000 Euro]

Patek Philippe Boule de Geneve: Movement No. 31877

Movement number: 38423
Manufacture date: c. 1870
Calibre: 8”
Material: 18k gold, enamel
Dimensions: 21mm
Sale date: June 26, 1871
Last public sale: Dr.Crott, Frankfurt, May 15, 2015
Last public sale price: 8,500 Euro

Patek Philippe Boule de Geneve: Movement No. 38.423, Case No. 38.423

Movement number: 39727
Case number: 39727
Manufacture date: 1871 per Extract
Calibre: 8” bezel-wound jewelled gilt movement with cylinder escapement
Material: 18k yellow gold, blue enamel
Dimensions: 22mm
Last public sale: Christie’s Geneva May 13, 2005
Last public sale price: CHF 30,000

Patek Philippe Boule de Geneve: Movement No. 39.727, Case No 39.727

Movement number: 81074
Manufacture date: 1871 per Extract
Calibre: 8” bezel-wound jewelled gilt movement with cylinder escapement
Material: 18k yellow gold, blue enamel
Dimensions: 18mm
Last public sale: Skinner, Boston, September 15, 2009
Last public sale price: USD 2,370

Patek Philippe Boule de Geneve: Movement No. 81704

Movement number: 87414
Manufacture date: c. 1895
Calibre: 15 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring
Material: 18k gold, enamel
Dimensions: 17mm
Last public sale: Antiquorum, Geneva, Apr 10, 1994
Last public sale price: 7,475 CHF (based upon it’s sale as Lot 374, with no result shown for Lot 374, but likely Lot 1 in this results listing is actually Lot 152 as it was the second day of the sale)

Patek Philippe Boule de Geneve: 87414

Movement number: unknown (via Sotheby’s)
Manufacture date: unknown
Sale date: Sale to Prince Hussein Kamil of Egypt in 1887
Source: Exhibition catalogue for the ‘Timepieces of Royalty’ exhibition at the Patek Philippe Museum, in Autumn 2005

Movement number: unknown (via Sotheby’s)
Manufacture date: unknown
Sale date: Sale to Empress Teresa of Brazil in 1888
Source: Exhibition catalogue for the ‘Timepieces of Royalty’ exhibition at the Patek Philippe Museum, in Autumn 2005

Movement number: unknown (via Sotheby’s)
Source: Huber, M. & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Watches, Vol. II, Second Edition, p. 75

Movement numbers: unknown (via Sotheby’s)
The Patek Philippe museum’s permanent exhibition currently includes a few later examples of ball-form watches with varying dimensions and ornamentation

We see these pieces from other manufacturers extending into the early 20th Century, such as examples from Nadine, and unknown manufacturers including here, here, and here.

Patek Philippe Scarab Beetle Brooch Watch

The scarab beetle is associated with the Ra, the Sun God (of creation, movement of sun, life and resurrection). The beetle is a common form used for amulets throughout Egyptian history, and scarab beetles appear on timepieces from the late 1800 through early 1900s.

From Patek Philippe I have found only a single piece sold publicly. If you own or know of others, please let me know.

Patek Philippe Scarab Beetle
Manufacture date: 1888
Movement number: 82972
Material: 18K gold, diamond, ruby, enamel
Retailer: Tiffany & Co. (dial and movement signed)
Length: 55mm
Sale date: May 15, 1889
Last public sale: Christie’s, Important Watches and Wristwatches, New York, 12 October 2006
Last public sale price: USD 66,000

There are numerous examples from the period, including from Vacheron Constantin (1910), Longines (1916), along with unknown makers in Switzerland from c.1880, c.1880, c.1880 and c.1890.

Patek Philippe Scarab Beetle Brooch: Movement No. 82972

Patek Philippe E. Farman Backpack Pocketwatch

Believed to be unique, this piece was manufactured in 1875 and owned by Elbert E. Farman, the Previous Diplomatic Agent and Consul-General to Cairo. Farman was able to secure the obelisk Cleopatra’s Needle, which resides in Central Park.

This backpack has been detailed in the Christie’s description and Lot Essay, and articles in GQ, Forbes and WatchPro.

Patek Philippe Backpack Pocket Watch
Movement number: 50.607
Case number: 50.607
Manufacture date: 1875
Calibre: 10”
Material: 18K yellow gold, platinum, enamel dial
Retailer: Tiffany & Co. (case signed)
Length: 1.5” height, 0.5” depth
Sale date: March 18, 1876
Last public sale: Christie’s, Important Watches and American Icons, New York, 12 December 2019

Patek Philippe E.E. Farman Backpack: Movement No. 82972, Case No. 50607