Lot 151
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AUDEMARS PIGUET | RETAILED BY GUBELIN: A RARE GREEN GOLD AND ENAMEL HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH MOVEMENT MADE IN 1908 SOLD IN 1922

Estimate
50,000 - 100,000 USD
Sold
106,250 USD
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Description

  • Audemars Piguet
  • RETAILED BY GUBELIN: A RARE GREEN GOLD AND ENAMEL HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH MOVEMENT MADE IN 1908 SOLD IN 1922
Dial: 14K gold with fantaisie black enamel numeralsCaliber: cal. 17SMCCRQS jeweled movementMovement number: 12548Case: 18k green gold, bezels and Murat style pendant with Greek key enamel patternCase number: 12548Size: diameter 50.5 mmSigned: case, dial and movement signed by maker and retailerAccessories: Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming the date of sale to Gübelin on November 27, 1922

Catalogue Note

Audemars Piguet confirms the completion of the movement in 1908, with further sale to Gübelin, Lucerne, in 1922 for 3,500 CHF.

The present lot represents the height of complicated horology combined with archetypal Art Deco design. It is particularly interesting to note the time in between the manufacturing of the movement and its subsequent completion and sale in 1922. For the first decade of the 20th century, Audemars Piguet largely prospered in business and received orders for highly complicated watches. The company grew exponentially and even secured larger workshop space in 1907. Devastating historical events like the Knickerbocker Crisis of 1907 and the fall of Tsar Nicholas II in 1917 shook the Swiss watchmaking industry with a rapid decline in sales. 

Audemars Piguet was an exceptionally resilient firm, supporting their rich heritage and high horology against all odds. Indeed, Audemars Piguet, Masterpieces of Classical Watchmaking (p.32) notes specifically that the fruits of their labor "started to appear in 1922," exactly the year the present lot was completed for sale to Gübelin, Lucerne.

 For similar open faced examples retailed by Gübelin, see Brunner, G., Pfeiffer-Belli, C. & Wehrli, M., Audemars Piguet, Masterpieces of Classical Watchmaking, 1993, p.31, 153-154.

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