Audemars Piguet Museum Acquires Skeleton Watch at Bonhams

The Audemars Piguet Museum was among the international bidders at The Art of Time: Fine American and European Watches and Clocks on 8 December.

audemars-piguetSelling for $32,500, an Audemars Piguet unique double skeletonized rose gold wrist watch is making its way home back to Le Brassus, Switzerland after 79 years, to be displayed in the Audemars Piguet Museum. Originally one of a set of three – the other two produced in yellow gold and platinum – the wristwatch was fresh to market and came directly from a private estate. It was the only one still in private ownership.

The Audemars Piguet Archives confirm that manufacture began in 1937 and the watch sold in 1943. It is recorded in photograph no.736. A small number of these individually crafted skeletonized movements were produced. No two are exactly alike and this is the only one known to be cased in rose gold.

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques.

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