AUDEMARS PIGUET | RETAILED BY CARTIER:YELLOW GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE FOR KING HASSAN II OF MOROCCOCIRCA 1964
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- Audemars Piguet
- RETAILED BY CARTIER:YELLOW GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES MADE FOR KING HASSAN II OF MOROCCOCIRCA 1964
Dial: silvered Calibre: manual winding, 18 jewels Movement number: 56'660 Case: 18k yellow gold, snap-on back Case number: 669 Closure: 18k yellow gold folding clasp Dimensions: 25 x 25 mm Signed: case and movement, dial signed Cartier Accessories: Cartier certificate of origin
While not immediately obvious, this watch, retailed by Cartier, was manufactured by Audemars Piguet. It represents the height of understated complexity, a watch perfectly suited to adorn the wrist of a Royal. Its humble 25 mm case conceals the tripe calendar movement and the case back, engraved with a monogram, reveals that this watch was formerly in the possession of King Hassan II of Morocco. While the dial displays a significant amount of information, namely the day, date, month, and both phases and age of the moon, its format, which could so easily be busy and superfluous, is instead balanced and legible. King Hassan the II (1929 – 1999), son of Mohammed V (1909-1961), led an extraordinarily political life from a very young age. He was introduced to President Roosevelt at the age of fourteen, appointed Chief of Staff to the Moroccan Armed Forces at the age of twenty seven, and ascended to the throne upon his Father’s death at the age of thirty two. His career was remarkably turbulent leading a country that was in a constant state of change, he survived two assassination attempts, one of which required him, ostensibly, to take control of his Royal Boeing 727 facilitating an emergency landing after it was attached by fighter jets in an attempted coup by his interior minister.