Audemars Piguet - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2006
    Reference No: 25865BC.00.1105BC.01
    Movement No: 418’147
    Case No: No. 23,F45702
    Model Name: Royal Oak Grand Complication
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2885, 52
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max overall length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold AP deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Warranty stamped The Hour Glass, wooden fitted presentation box, service receipt dated November 12, 2021, box key, magnifying glass, product literature, and outer packaging. Further accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives.

  • Catalogue Essay

    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.

    Grande Complication timepieces have typically been produced as unique pieces or extremely limited series - by the most technically proficient brands to prove their horological savoir-faire. A Grande Complication watch usually includes a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, and a chronograph complication. Given the tremendous cost and difficulty involved with such movements, they are usually special commission orders.

    The present impressive white gold Royal Oak Grand Complication was launched to celebrate the brand’s 125th anniversary. A trailblazing watch with the impressive caliber 2885 with 648 components, the watch is assembled and handcrafted by a single master watchmaker who takes approximately one year to complete the timepiece. An outstanding accomplishment in the realm of Royal Oak wristwatches, the present lot is presented in outstanding condition and complete with its original boxes, guarantee and accessories. The pinnacle of watchmaking prowess, a Grand Complication is a timepiece that very few makers have mastered well enough to ever offer on the market. The present piece is a powerful example of Audemars Piguet’s watchmaking dexterity, the ultimate expression of the ethos of the Royal Oak line, an absolute masterpiece of horological art, and the epitome of exclusivity.

  • 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. 25865BC.00.1105BC.01
A very rare and impressive white gold minute repeating perpetual calendar split-seconds chronograph wristwatch with leap year and week indication, moon phase, warranty and presentation box

2006
44mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
$250,000 - 500,000 
CHF238,000-476,000
€241,000-482,000
HK$1,960,000-3,910,000
S$343,000-686,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022