Important Watches, Wristwatches and C...

Hong Kong, Hotel Furama Kempinski, Jun 09, 1997

LOT 207

Patek Philippe & Cie. A Geneve, No. 97778, case No. 222976, made in 1897, sold on 26 December, 1900 to an eminent Officer from an i mportant Italian family. Very fine 18K pink gold and enamel hunting cased, moon phase astronomical, keyless minute repeating watch with perpetual calendar, in original fitted box.

HKD 540,000 - 580,000

USD 70,000 - 75,000

Sold: HKD 614,000

C. Four body, massive, "bassine", polished, the back with the champleve enamelled coat-of-arms of the Ramazzini family, the cover with the azure champleve enamel monogram: "D. de C. " . Hinged gold cuvette. D. White enamel with Roman numerals, subsidiary dials for the days of the week, the months and the seconds with outer red date ring, moon phase aperture with its age on the border. Blued steel "spade" hands. M. 19 "' , nickel plated, "fausses cotes" decoration, 29 jewels, counterpoised straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. Repeating on gongs with slide in the band. Signed on the dial, case and movement, accompanied by the Extract of the Archives. In very good condition. Diam. 57 mm.

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The Ramazzini family The origins of this renowned Italian noble family may be traced back to Francesco de Facchini, so called "The Romaccino", who had two sons, Bernardino and Andrea (about 1522). It is from the first of these two sons that descends the Ramazzini family, whose name was made illustrious through Bernardino di Bartolomeo (1633-1714), a celebrated doctor, physician and naturalist. His nephew, Bartolomeo, cli Antonio, a St. Bernardin monk earlier in his life, also became a well reputed doctor and wrote a detailed history of his uncle's life in Latin. He married Cristina Muratori, sister of the great historian, and one of his sons, Giuseppe, became a distinguished doctor and author of several medical treatises. Giuseppe, who died in Modena in 1773, had married Margherita Calciolari whose name the Ramazzini family later inherited and added to their own. From this marriage were born two sons, Bernardino and Giuseppe, who were admitted along with their heirs to the noble citizenship of Modena by a decree dated December 17, 1791. The same Giuseppe, together with his sons and all descendants to come, were registered in the new Gold Book of the Modena nobility by a decree of the Heraldic Tribunal of Modena on March 23, 1816, and were declared nobles of Carpi by the Community of Carpi on November 28, 1818.