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Patek Philippe Ref. 3412 “Asymétrie”

1960

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.

Manufacture

Patek Philippe

Year

1960

Reference

3412

Model

“Asymétrie”

Case Material

18K yellow gold

Case Dimensions

41 × 32 mm (L × W)

Lug Width

20mm

Crystal

Dial

Champagne dial

Complications

Time only

Movement

Cal 23-300, rhodium finished 18-jewel lever manual movement, adjusted to heat, cold isochronism and five positions, Gyromax balance, with Seal of Geneva

Production Quantity

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