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Audemars Piguet. A fine, rare and unusual platinum and rutilated quartz rectangular skeletonized tourbillon wristwatch with box


Audemars Piguet. A fine, rare and unusual platinum and rutilated quartz rectangular skeletonized tourbillon wristwatch with box
Signed Audemars Piguet, Edward Piguet, Tourbillon, ref. 25924 PT, movement no. 567'303, case no. E-67883, circa 2003
Cal. 2888 skeletonized hand-engraved nickel-finished lever movement, one minute tourbillon carriage with mono-metallic compensation balance, all set within a rutilated quartz plate with applied platinum baton numerals, large rectangular curved case, fluted sides, glazed display back secured by four screws, platinum Audemars Piguet deployant clasp forming the letters AP, case, dial and movement signed
29 mm. wide & 49 mm. overall length
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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With Audemars Piguet wooden presentation box and later certificate.
It is from the very first series of the Edward Piguet tourbillon model fitted with a mineral crystal plate, introduced at the SIHH in Geneva in 2001. Only three examples were expected to be completed and available for 2002, each one slightly different, due to the unique patterns and structure of the crystal plate. In a way, each watch is thus a unique piece.

Tourbillons are universally recognized as a classical grand complication, and the sheer difficulty of cutting and shaping the rutilated mineral crystal for this watch's plates required the adaptation of a cutting process likely unique in the watchmaking field.
Rutilated quartz is a quartz stone with rutile enclosures, appearing in long, thin shots of colours ranging from deep red to brown and grey tones, sometimes even resembling gold fibres. It has been used as gemstones and other ornamental and religious objects for thousands of years.

The Edward Piguet collection pays tribute to one of the manufacture's founders and is a refined line embodying a legacy of intricate knowledge inherited from traditional horology. The models are distinguished by their elegantly curved rectangular cases, subtly reminiscent of understated Art Deco sophistication. In keeping with these fundamental principles, Audemars Piguet has created a magnificent synthesis of noble characteristics: mechanical hand-wound movements featuring hand-crafted and decorated parts, ranging from "time only" to highly complicated wristwatches, such as the present watch.

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