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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1918
    Movement No: 21'773
    Case No: 21'773
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 10'''
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k gold buckle
    Dimensions: 39 mm. length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Audemars Piguet Certificat d'Origine confirming the production of the present watch in 1918, leather wallet and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Founded in 1875, by 22 year old Jules Louis Audemars and 24 year old Edward Auguste Piguet, Audemars Piguet is still today a family owned business. The brand has always had a passion for fine watchmaking, and has been kept alive for the past 140 years.

    The present watch, an early tonneau form wristwatch made in 1918, is extremely well preserved, extraordinarily rare, and still running perfectly well today considering it is almost its 100th birthday. The style, very common for early wristwatches, and when one first encounters, recalls the Patek Philippe "Gondolo" manufactured during the same period. After having searched extensively though literature and auction catalogues, another example of an Audemars Piguet in this style and such good condition cannot be found.

  • 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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An extremely rare, attractive and early tonneau-shaped yellow gold wristwatch

1918
39 mm. length
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 280,000 

Sold for HK$225,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am