Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 229
Audemars Piguet A precious and glamorous Audemars Piguet Huitieme Chronograph reference 25644 in platinum with date retailed by Asprey
Estimate € 25,000 – 50,000
Reference N°: 25644
Case N°: 52559 Pezzo N°1
Movement N°: 306811
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. As the years passed, Asprey expanded its production competition and in 1914 they were known and appreciated for being manufacturers of suitcases and bags, masters of leather goods and stationery stores, goldsmiths, silversmiths, watchmakers. 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. The here very beautiful and very rare Audemars Piguet Huitieme Chronograph has one of these features. Made in platinum, it is the number 1 piece of this specific model as shown in the engraving at 6 o’clock on the caseback and just above it, at 12 o’clock there is an additional feature that makes it an absolutely unique piece, the signature Asprey. The heart of this chronograph is the legendary high quality 2126 automatic movement that allows the chronograph to function. 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, which make it the ultimate non-Audemars Piguet creations.