Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

77 Audemars Piguet Number 1, Precious and Glamorous, Huitieme Chronograph Wristwatch, in Platinum, Reference 25 644, Retailed by Asprey

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 35,100

Model: Huitieme Chronograph
Reference: 25644
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Platinum
Year: 1990s
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 2126
Case N°: N° 1, C52559
Movement N°: 306811
Dimensions: 41 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Asprey was, and still is, a prestigious English manufacturer and retailer, dating back to the early nineteenth century, whose business continues to operate from the same premises that have given it great fame on New Bond Street. They built their reputation by producing objects of the highest quality so as to be awarded by the Queen Victoria of the Royal Warrant in 1862. But in addition to producing objects of his own manufacture, Asprey was also and above all a renowned retailer and among the most fascinating objects in their shop windows there were watches of important brands such as Rolex and Audemars Piguet. Some of them have dials bearing the Asprey signature or, alternatively, engraved it on the case back like the present lot. This watch was made in platinum and it is the number 1 piece of this specific model so it is the first one that left the factory at that time that makes it an absolutely unique piece. The dial of a beautiful creamy white is in perfect condition and the delicacy of the lines that make up the tachymeter scale and the three counters for continuous seconds, recording of 30 minutes and 12 hours match perfectly with the fine date window at 3 o’clock. The watch is also provided with its beautiful original bracelet with its particular chain structure. Elegance and rarity are the dominant elements of this absolutely unique watch, being the number one piece in this platinum collection makes it an extremely rare piece and sought after or any collector who wants the N° 1.