Victorin Piguet & Co, Sentier
- A FINE AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT YELLOW GOLD HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING CHRONOGRAPH KEYLESS WATCH WITH REGISTER
NO 12970 CIRCA 1905
- yellow gold
Victorin Piguet is considered one of the world’s most important watch makers. He produced a limited series of ébauches and developed highly sophisticated movements, some of which included intricate astronomical complications such as sidereal time. Patek Philippe commissioned Victorin Piguet to help develop some of their most complex movements, many of which are amongst the firm’s most desirable pieces, such as the Graves Supercomplication (lot 345 in this sale), the Packard Grande Complication and Patek Philippe’s first split seconds chronograph (sold Sotheby’s New York, 10 June 2014, lot 175 for 2,965,000 USD).
Throughout the 1920s and 30s, Patek Philippe relied on Victorin Piguet & Co. to provide ébauches for their split-seconds and single button chronograph ébauches, including the famous reference 130 series. They were also called upon by Vacheron & Constantin for small-production complications including, it is believed, the historic 1936 Aviator’s Degree watch, manufactured in only 3 examples.
This exceptional watch is especially unusual as it is very rare to find Victorin Piguet’s signature on the dial of a watch.