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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1924
    Movement No: 27'830
    Case No: 27'830
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 10''', 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 25 mm. wide and 36 mm. length
    Signed: Case and movement signed E. Gübelin, dial signed Audemars Piguet and E. Gübelin

  • Catalogue Essay

    Watchmakers have long sought novel and unorthodox ways of expressing the time on their timepieces. From the early days of the pocket watch, they have ceaselessly sought ways to improve upon the classic functional display of the time by means of a pair of hands rotating around a dial.

    In jump-hour watches, like the present lot, the hour hand is replaced by a disk with 12 hours on it. As the wandering minutes hand goes from 59 to 60, the hour jumps from one hour to the next, ergo the name.

    Jump Hours enjoyed their first brief vogue in the 1820s and 30s, though they continued to be made in small numbers throughout the 19th century.

    In the Art Deco period jumping hours watches came into the spotlight once more, both in pocket and wristwatch forms. During the Roaring Twenties jump hour wristwatches were produced by eminent names of watchmaking, most notably Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin, but the fashion declined with the Great Depression, and definitively ended by World War 2 only to come back in the early 90s and the post-quartz renaissance.

    The present lot from 1924, fitted in a rare white gold case, embodies the audacity of the 1920s and fuses refinement and panache. Made by Audemars Piguet for the prestigious Swiss retailer E. Gübelin, one of Switzerland's oldest watch retailers founded in 1854, the present lot with its double signed dial, overall excellent condition and rare jump hour function will be an excellent addition to the collection of the perfect gentleman.

  • 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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A fine and rare white gold rectangular jump hour wristwatch

25 mm. wide and 36 mm. length
Case and movement signed E. Gübelin, dial signed Audemars Piguet and E. Gübelin

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF20,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017