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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 40

    Audemars Piguet. A fine and extremely rare 18K gold triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and Certificate

    SIGNED AUDEMARS, PIGUET & CO, NO. 46'540, MANUFACTURED IN 1941

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    Audemars Piguet. A fine and extremely rare 18K gold triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and Certificate
    Signed Audemars, Piguet & Co, no. 46'540, manufactured in 1941
    MOVEMENT: manual, Cal. 13''' VZAQ, 19 jewels
    DIAL: silvered dial, applied gold Arabic numerals, outer blue tachymetre scale calibrated in miles, three subsidiary dials indicating date, day combined with constant seconds, month combined with 30 minutes register, aperture for phases of the moon combined with lunar calendar
    CASE: 18K gold, extended downturned lugs, snap on back, two oval chronograph buttons in the band, 33.5 mm diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Audemars Piguet Certificate of Authenticity confirming that the present watch no. 46'540 was produced in 1941 and sold in 1942.


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    With Audemars Piguet Certificate of Authenticity confirming that the present watch no. 46'540 was produced in 1941 and sold in 1942.

    This watch is among the rarest and most desirable of all Audemars Piguet wristwatches. Produced between 1941 and 1943 in only 10 examples, of these 10, only two had dials with Arabic numerals – the present watch and one other example the whereabouts of which is currently unknown.

    The classic case with its distinctive sloping bezel and navette chronograph pushers, complex yet harmonious dial with perfectly proportioned gold Arabic numerals, blue tachometer scale and fine enamel on gold moon phase all come together to form a highly exclusive timepiece of great elegance.

    Before 1990, Audemars Piguet made a total of only 20 watches across all models that combined the complications of chronograph with triple calendar and moon phases. Consequently these exquisite “double complication” timepieces have come to be the ultimate prize in vintage Audemars Piguet.

    Of the 10 examples made of the present model of “double complication” only three are publically known today:

    No. 45589 - manufactured in 1941, sold in 1942, now on display in the prestigious Audemars Piguet Museum
    No. 45979 - manufactured in 1942, sold in this saleroom on 12 May 2008, lot 375
    No. 46540 - manufactured in 1941, sold in 1942, the present watch

    It is interesting to reflect that these complicated and expensive watches were made and largely sold at the height of the Second World War showing that the demand for high grade luxury watches was still in evidence even during that troubled time in European history.

    A similar watch is prominently illustrated and described in Audemars Piguet by Gisbert L. Brunner, Christian Pfeiffer-Belli, Martin K. Wehrli, second edition, p. 247, pl. 346.

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    On lots marked with an + in the catalogue, VAT will be charged at 8% on both the premium as well as the hammer price.
    Many of the watches offered for sale in this catalogue are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These lots are marked with the symbol ~ in the catalogue. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the minimum estimate for this lot is 100'000 CHF to 200'000 CHF, instead of 150'000 CHF to 250'000 CHF mistakenly printed on the sale catalogue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    The present watch features a crocodile leather strap. Please refer to to specaial notice regarding the exposrattion of endengered spieces.

    The diameter of this watch is 33.5 mm diam.


    Pre-Lot Text

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