A very rare and fine yellow gold and gem-set openface pocket watch with multi-chrome enamel with Dionysos riding a leopard by Ni. Gi Barna

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1982
    Reference No: 35722BA
    Movement No: 263’927
    Case No: B65’985
    Material: 18k yellow gold, multi-chrome enamel, diamond and sapphire-set
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 5020, 20 jewels
    Dimensions: 47mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed by manufacturer, enamel signed by maker
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet green leather presentation box and outer packaging. Further delivered with Extract confirming the date of production in December 16, 1982

  • Catalogue Essay

    Enamel pocket watches have long been part of the horological tradition with the earliest known examples from the 17th century. Exquisite enamel work became an art form unto itself and today these timepieces command top dollar for rare and unusual examples. The present lot is part of a very limited number of watches with enamels by the maker Ni. Gi. Barna, who was commissioned by Audemars Piguet in the early 1980's to produce the series. It is believed fewer than ten were made, each with a different scene, including Bedouin horsemen, a fox hunt scene, three marine scenes and Dionysus with a leopard.

    Dionysus was the son of Zeus and God of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity and madness. His attributes include a staff crowned by a pine cone, a drinking cup and he is associated with the leopard, as he is seen in the present enamel riding the animal. In excellent overall condition with little to no wear, the present watch was sold by Audemars Piguet in 1982 with approximately 112 diamonds and sapphires for a total weight of around 2.34 carats. It is interesting to note the engraved and polished dial differs from other models in the series, which often had gem-set numerals. Enamel pocket watches are a delight as they both serve the functional purpose of telling time as well as the artistic beauty of the enamel work.

  • Maker Bio

    Audemars Piguet

    Swiss • 1881

    A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. This Le Brassus-based Swiss manufacturer is one of only two major manufacturers still owned by the founding family. Since its earliest days, AP is considered a leader in the field of minute repeaters and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand is devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcased at their superb museum in Le Brassus.


    Today, the brand is best known for its Royal Oak models, a revolutionary luxury sports watch launched in 1972. Other key models include early minute repeating wristwatches, vintage chronograph wristwatches, such as the oversized reference 5020, perpetual calendar watches and the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993.

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Ref. 35722BA
A very rare and fine yellow gold and gem-set openface pocket watch with multi-chrome enamel with Dionysos riding a leopard by Ni. Gi Barna

愛彼,型號35722BA,精細及非常罕有,18K黃金鑲寶石彩繪琺瑯懷錶「酒神與豹」,1982年製。附錶盒和後補證書 琺瑯大師Ni. Gi Barna為愛彼的專屬琺瑯繪師,筆法細膩、琺瑯色彩溫潤亮麗,據愛彼提供的資料記載,Ni. Gi Barna的琺瑯懷錶屬於高端訂製系列,僅製作不超過10枚,每一枚繪以不同的主題圖樣,件件皆是獨一無二的藝術作品。 本拍品描繪古希臘神話的酒神-戴歐尼修斯與他的坐騎,人物細節栩栩如生,精細地描繪出酒神和豹身的華麗裝飾物,背景使用多層次的深淺筆法與色調,令人過目難忘。彩繪琺瑯懷錶配置鑲嵌鑽石及寶石的錶殼極為少見,盡顯原物主的典雅品味,為近來難得一見的訂製傑作。

1982
47mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed by manufacturer, enamel signed by maker

Estimate
HK$155,000 - 235,000 
€17,500-26,500
$19,900-30,100

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019