During his years with Patek Philippe, Gilbert Albert had crafted several timepieces with avant-garde designs that resisted the norm. Though fresh and unique, only a selected few designs were manufactured by the Maison – most notably the series of asymmetrical references which included the renowned Ref. 3424 ‘Asymétrie’ with its rhomboid-shaped case. Other than the Asymétrie, there is another reference with an unusual and unforgettable design – Ref. 3412. Much like the Asymétrie, it is evident that Albert’s love for the modern art had an effect on the design of the unconventional triangular-shaped Ref. 3412.
Ref. 3412 experimented with having two sides of the case in extreme proportions – one side expressed as a line and the other side as a point. The irregular case rejects the traditional method of lugs as a way to affix the strap. Instead, it employs a simple and elegant design of a two-body case with an open back that holds the strap which is slid through the two ends of the case.
18K yellow gold
41 × 32 mm (L × W)
Cal 23-300, rhodium finished 18-jewel lever manual movement, adjusted to heat, cold isochronism and five positions, Gyromax balance, with Seal of Geneva