Audemars Piguet - The New York Watch Auction: EIGHT New York Saturday, June 10, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2011
    Reference No: 25701PT
    Movement No: 265'099
    Case No: E71349
    Model Name: Grande Complication Pocket Watch
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 2860, 37 jewels
    Dimensions: 52mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet international warranty card, and Timepiece Life & Care card. Further accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on May 6, 2011.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Audemars Piguet watch evolved from a long tradition of horological excellence, a masterpiece produced by a master watchmaking brand. Long before the advent of the wristwatch, pocket watches were the sole transportable mode to tell time, ranging from the basic time only, to complicated timepieces. The history of watch complications is a fascinating view into horology’s past, and some of the most intriguing watches ever produced. “Grande Complication” watches are the ultimate expression of watchmaking at its very finest. They are mechanical works of art that bring together three refined complications: a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar and a split-seconds chronograph. While collectors today see them in wristwatch format, their lineage dates back to well over a century. It is interesting to note that in the early 1970s, despite the decline in demand for pocket watches due to the Quartz crisis, Audemars Piguet continued producing extraordinarily costly, grand complication pocket watches, beautifully embodying the brand's expertise in complications.

    The present exceptional platinum Grand Complication pocket watch is a modern interpretation of these mechanical marvels. Manufactured in 2011, the watch has a contemporary flair with black dial, which perfectly offsets the sheen of the platinum case. Furthermore, the minute repeating mechanism chimes with great tone and clarity, attesting to the manufacture's mastery. The watch embodies the beauty and masterful craftsmanship of Audemars Piguet’s expertise in complications. The timepiece is in excellent overall condition and presents a rare opportunity for all collectors to own a horological masterpiece.

  • 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. 25701PT
An extremely rare and impressive platinum minute repeating perpetual calendar split-second chronograph pocket watch with black dial leap year, moon phase, and warranty card

52mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

$60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $635,000

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The New York Watch Auction: EIGHT

New York Auction 10 - 11 June 2023