Patek Philippe 1491R Vintage Fancy Scroll Lugs Calatrava Watch, Circa 1948
Patek Philippe 1491R Vintage Fancy Scroll Lugs Calatrava Watch.
The watch measures 34 mm in diameter, and is fitted with a 12"' 120 caliber movement # 963053, case # 652304. The watch was made in 1948 and sold in 1949, and is accompanied with an extract certificate from the Archives confirming it's date of manufacture and further sale.
1491: Was launched in 1940. There were two versions, the first series with caliber 27 and subsidiary seconds, the second, such as the present watch, as of 1943 with caliber 12''' PS movement The model is distinguished by its highly decorative scroll lugs, demonstrating Patek Philippe avant-garde spirit by using varying shapes and forms, breaking away from the straight-forward circular shape with plain lugs. Inspiration from architecture, geometry and history created a new graciousness of form with rounded corners, stepped and triple-stepped forms and other elements, like scrolls. The 1491 is a perfect example of Patek Philippe's continuous search for new and avant-garde innovations, whether in the movement of their watches, or, as in this instance, in the design. The unusual lugs of this model are premonition of a new era of watchmaking design that will fully dawn from the sixties on with unusual case shapes, stepped bezels and fancy lugs. It is remarkable how Patek Philippe anticipated the trend by two decades
The ébauche of the famous caliber 27 with indirect center seconds was the result of Louis Cottier's and Patek Philippe's collaboration, where the center seconds mechanism was ingeniously added to the existing 12'''120 subsidiary seconds movement.