Philippe Dufour for Audemars Piguet
- A LIMITED EDITION AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED TWO-TRAIN MINUTE REPEATING GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE WATCH, RETAILED BY ASPREYCIRCA 1982 NO 1
- diameter 61 mm
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.
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Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."
Prior to venturing on his own as an independent watchmaker, Phillipe Dufour worked in the house of Audemars Piguet. From 1983 to 1988, Dufour devised the world's first Grande and Petite Sonnerie open-faced pocket watch made exclusively for the brand. He created five examples, and the present lot is numbered 1, making it exceptionally desirable among collectors.
In accordance with all of Dufour's creations, this pocket watch was handmade with a beautiful and complex movement consisting of two barrels, both fitted to wind independently with dual recoiling clicks. Though made for Audemars Piguet, Dufour left his artist's mark, signing the movement discreetly on the underside of the dial. This particular example was also retailed by the illustrious British luxury brand, Asprey, enhancing its desirability and presenting a unique opportunity for collectors and patrons of the Independent Watchmakers' art to acquire a horologically important masterpiece.