Audemars Piguet - The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE Geneva Saturday, May 14, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1953
    Reference No: 5184PT
    Movement No: 63'475
    Case No: 22'648
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 10TS, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Dimensions: 39mm Length x 28mm Width
    Signed: Movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This stunning Audemars Piguet watch is perhaps the largest, and amongst the most spectacular, early skeleton wristwatches made by any brand. Manufactured in 1953 and subsequently sold in 1962, this oversized platinum wristwatch was preserved in exceptional condition. The case retains extremely sharp edges and deep hallmarks, while the textured bezel is beautifully adorned with round and baguette diamond hour markers.

    The craft of watch making has evolved over the years, with many advances that are extremely sought after today. Skeletonizing is one of the most difficult tasks, even for the most skilled watchmakers. This reference 5184PT is fitted with a tonneau-shaped form movement, the caliber 10TS, beautifully skeletonized and elaborately hand-engraved, with highest quality finishing visible on all of its surfaces.

    An exceptionally rare (we cannot recall having seen another one) and exquisite work of art for the wrist, this timepiece was certainly made by special request for a client of considerable means, making it a true treasure for a collector of rare Audemars Piguet timepieces.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 5184PT
An extremely rare, highly exclusive and large rectangular skeletonized platinum wristwatch with diamond-set hour markers

39mm Length x 28mm Width
Movement signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF62,500

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