Audemars Piguet - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2022
    Reference No: 15407OR
    Movement No: BE8525
    Case No: JX8114A
    Model Name: Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal 3132, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet bracelet stamped "1220" to the endlinks, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Guarantee card, instruction booklet, warranty booklet, sale tag, wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced at the 2016 SIHH, the double balance wheel skeletonized movement powering this model took the market by surprise. A patented Audemars Piguet innovation, the main idea consists of adding a second balance wheel and spiral to the escapement, thus increasing the timekeeping capabilities and resistance to mechanical perturbations thanks to increased momentum. As what happens with many groundbreaking ideas, the basic concept was simple but the execution of it turned out to be devilishly complicated. All efforts Audemars Piguet poured in the conception of this model were however definitely not in vain. Not only they achieved to develop a novel solution, but furthermore the dual superimposed wheels turned out to be a striking aesthetic element, allowing the balance wheel to appear completely unobstructed on both dial side and movement side.

    As a result, it is not surprising that the model has become one of the most sought-after Audemars Piguet creations. Phillips is proud to offer an absolutely mint and unworn example - still retaining its plastic protection and factory stickers - of this masterpiece, and even more proud to be able to do so for a good cause:

    All proceeds exceeding the cost for the consignor will be donated to charities supporting access to medical care for families in need and orphanages.

  • 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. 15407OR
An impressive and exclusive pink gold wristwatch with center seconds, skeletonized dial, double balance wheel, bracelet, guarantee and box

Circa 2022
41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF90,000 - 180,000 
€92,700-185,000
$90,100-180,000

Sold for CHF195,300

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+41 22 317 81 81
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Tiffany To
Head of Sale, Geneva
+41 22 317 96 63
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022