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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2004
    Reference No: 25909
    Movement No: 570’397
    Case No: E99359
    Model Name: Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronographe
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 2879/1, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 43mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives registering this watch on 22nd January 2004.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A watchmaker by training and trade, Jules-Louis Audemars founded Audemars Piguet in 1875 alongside his partner, also a watchmaker, Edward-Auguste Piguet, when both were in their early twenties. Once the company was up and running, Piguet concentrated on the “front-of-house” aspects of the business, while Audemars took charge of the technical horological work. The maison’s early horological accomplishments were therefore achieved under the helm of Jules Audemars, such as creating the first minute-repeating wristwatch movement in 1892, and their “Grande Complication” in 1899. This drive for mechanical perfection and mastery has continued throughout the ensuing decades, and during the 1990s, the Jules Audemars collection was released to honor him as a founder and visionary.

    Cased in pink gold, the present timepiece features both a chronograph and tourbillon mechanism. The dial displays an inky black dial with oversized luminous Arabic numerals, which provides the perfect surrounding for the aperture exposing the tourbillon-equipped escapement. Superbly finished in a well-sized case, the Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronographe offers an eye-catching take on traditional haute horologerie.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 25909
An extremely rare, early, and technically impressive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with tourbillon and black dial

2004
43mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

Estimate
$20,000 - 40,000 
CHF18,700-37,300
€17,800-35,600
HK$156,000-312,000

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