Lot 368
  • 368

Victorin Piguet & Co, Sentier

Estimate
40,000 - 80,000 CHF
Sold
87,500 CHF
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Description

  • A FINE AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT YELLOW GOLD HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING CHRONOGRAPH KEYLESS WATCH WITH REGISTER 
    NO 12970 CIRCA 1905
  • yellow gold
• fine Victorin Piguet cal. 19''' jewelled manual winding straight line lever escapement, cut bi-metallic compensation balance, produced by Victorin Piguet • 18k yellow gold cuvette engraved Souvenir des Grands-Plats • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer rail track, subsidiary dials constant seconds and 30-minute register • 18k yellow polished case, button for chronograph to the band and repeating slide, red and blue monogram AM enamelled to the front cover • dial signed, case numbered, further stamped Gruen Watch Co. Swiss, thus probably produced for the American market.

Catalogue Note

Victorin Piguet was born in the Swiss canton of Vaud on October 3rd, 1850, to parents Daniel Henry Piguet and Louise Françoise LeCoultre. Victorin Piguet opened a school of watchmaking in Geneva and, in 1880, founded his own firm: Victorin Piguet & Co. He moved the business back to his native Vallée de Joux and the village of Le Sentier in 1883.

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.

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