The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
67 Audemars Piguet Extremely Rare and Very Well Preserved, Cioccolatone, Automatic Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Silvered Dial, Reference 5063
Estimate: € 20,000 – 40,000
Sold € 29,900
Case Material: Pink Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Case N°: 279
Movement N°: 54 567
Dimensions: 36 × 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Nicknamed “Cioccolatone” due to its resemblance to a square of chocolate, the present lot strike for its large distinctive shape and curved profile that really capture the zeitgeist of the time of its release in the 1950s, echoing the grand contemporary American curves of the period. Audemars Piguet’s reference 5063 is a wonderful example of the artistically flamboyant design language expressed by the brand during the mid-20th century. Focusing on clean lines and biomorphic shapes, the brand created a new aesthetic with this large, organic, square-shaped wristwatch with rounded stepped lugs and bezel, along with the slightly curved case. The present 5063 is well preserved in outstanding original condition, remaining crisp since it was first produced. This particular configuration, with the seconds at six o’clock comes with an uncommon silvered dial that is aged to very beautiful cream color with pink-gold baton indexes and is appreciated by traditionalists and nonconformists for its elegant simplicity and the purity of its design. Its avant-garde, industrial design exemplifies the beauty and artistic creativity the brand is known for.