Two Colour Gold & Sapphire Audemars Piguet, made in 1956
A magnificent and extremely rare 18ct yellow and white gold wristwatch with baguette sapphire indexes to the bezel
This is a stunning Audemars Piguet model that is, without doubt, one of the company’s most iconic vintage designs. The case is made in 18ct yellow gold with a broad, flat, white gold bezel that is channel-set with baguette sapphires for the hours. To the viewer, the sapphires appear to be invisibly set; this is achieved by a groove which is cut into the sides of the sapphires which allows the stones to be slid onto the bezel which has been cut to their shape. The ingenious design of the case demonstrates the extremely high quality of production that Audemars Piguet lavished on their vintage timepieces. The dial layout, with long slim baton numerals, is one that was favoured by Audemars Piguet. The dial has been professionally restored to precisely maintain the original configuration. The movement is Audemars Piguet’s manually wound calibre 2002 which is beautifully finished with a damascened finish (wave-pattern) to the surface.
This model is illustrated in: Brunner, G., Pfeiffer-Belli, C & Wehrli, M., Audemars Piguet, Second Edition, 2000, pl.188, p.197.
For two further examples of this model, see:
Antiquorum, Hong Kong, 28th May 1989, lot 319 (sold for HK$126,500)
Antiquorum, Geneva, 17th October, 1992, lot 254 (sold for CHF 11,241).
For another example of the model, but with baguette rubies to the bezel, see Antiquorum Geneva, 15th October 2006, lot 378 (sold for CHF 12,980).
Audemars Piguet calibre 2002, damascened manually wound movement, lever escapement, 18 jewels, compensation balance; silvered dial, thin baton numerals, subsidiary seconds; 18ct yellow gold case, broad white gold bezel channel-set with baguette sapphires for the hours, angular faceted down-turned lugs, snap-on case back; case, dial and movement signed.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 29mm
Length including lugs: 31mm