Manufacturer/Manufaktur: Patek Philippe, Geneva. Model: Designed by Gilbert Albert. Year/Jahr: 1965. Reference No./Referenz-Nr.: 3424/3. Movement No./Werk-Nr.: 858 110. Calibre/Kaliber: 8-85, manual-winding/Handaufzug. Case No./Gehäuse-Nr.: 2 622 941 (by C. Markowski, Geneva; key No.8). Material: 18K yellow gold/Gelbgold. Braclet-Strap/Armband: Integrated 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe bracelet/Integriertes Patek Philippe-Armband aus Gelbgold 18 kt. Clasp-Buckle/Verschluss: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe clasp (by Jean-Pierre Ecoffey, Geneva; master mark "JPE")/Patek Philippe-Schliesse (von Jean-Pierre Ecoffey, Genf; Meistermarke "JPE") aus 18 kt. Gelbgold. Dimensions/Grösse: 37,5x27,3 mm. Signed/Signiert: Dial, case, movement/Zifferblatt, Gehäuse, Werk. Accessories: Original fitted box, certificate of origin, Extract from the Archives/Originalbox, Zertifikat, Archivauszug.
Asymmetrical-shaped gentleman's wristwatch. Polished and satin-finished two-piece case, with snap-on case-back. Silver gold dial with radial black painted indexes. 8-85 calibre, lever escapement, Gyromax balance, self-compensating Breguet hairspring, adjusted to heat, cold isochronism and 5 positions, Geneva seal.
Herrenarmbanduhr mit poliertem, zweiteiligem Gehäuse mit Satin-Finish und Sprungboden. Goldfarbenes Zifferblatt mit schwarzen Indizes. Werk mit Ankerhemmung, Gyromax-Unruh und Breguet-Spirale; Regulierung in 5 Positionen sowie auf Hitze, Kälte und Isochronismus, Genfer Siegel.
Bibliography: Huber & Banbery 1998, p. 163; Patrizzi 2010, vol. 1, pp. 296-297 (No. 215, similar watch in 18K white gold); Patrizzi 2010, vol. 2, pp. 212-213 (Nos. 876-880, similar watches in various metals).
The Patek Philippe Reference 3424 is launched in 1959 and remained in production until the mid-1960s. The majority in yellow gold, more rarely in rose gold, even rarely in white gold or platinum. Around 150 examples were produced.
The model was presented in 1959 at the Basel fair and at the Geneva Montres & Bijoux exhibition.
Gilbert Albert is a renowned jewellery designer and artist from Geneva. At the age of 24, in 1955, he worked for Patek Philippe, applying his innovative talents to the design of wristwatch cases. He broke away from traditional shapes, introducing asymmetrical triangles and rhomboid shapes, inspired by his passion for modern sculpture and works by his favourite artists, such as Brancusi and Mondrian. He also introduced textured organic surfaces on the asymmetrical shapes designed for the Patek Philippe Ricochet collection. However, many of his more revolutionary designs of that time remained as prototypes and were not produced in series. From 1962, Gilbert Albert established his own workshop, designing and producing jewellery under his own name. Over the years, he became very successful, both in Geneva and internationally, receiving numerous awards for his jewellery. Gilbert Albert's creations are exhibited worldwide.