Founded in 1875, Audemars Piguet, is regarded as one of the world’s most luxurious watch brands. Many spectacular pieces have made it to auction over the years, and Borro is now taking a look at the top five most expensive Audemars Piguet watches to be sold at auction. Christie’s dominates the list but Phillips makes an appearance with a particularly unique timepiece.
5) Signed Audemars Piguet & Co Geneve – £273,498
Kicking off the list is an extremely rare timepiece. It is a 14k pink gold full calendar chronograph, manufactured in 1942. It has a stainless steel case with teardrop lugs and was sold in amazing condition, meaning it had rarely been worn – good news for the current market. In 2015 it was sold by Christie’s at the ‘Important Watches’ auction in Geneva for £273,498.
4) Signed Audemars Piguet Geneve – £296,619
A small step up from the previous watch is this 18k gold Audemars Piguet Geneve chronograph wristwatch, manufactured in 1950. It has 21 jewels and a silvered dial and is considered a “leader” in this watch category. Experts believe that this is the only one of this specific watch ever made. In 2010 it was sold at auction in Geneva by Christie’s at the ‘Important Watches’ auction for £296,619.
3) Signed Audemars Piguet Geneve – £296,934
This Signed Audemars Piguet Geneve is both platinum and diamond set, manufactured in 1960. A platinum vintage minute repeating watch from Audemars Piguet with bracelet is one of the rarest combinations in the vintage watchmaking field. This may be why it sold for £296,934 in 2016 at the ‘Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II’ auction in Geneva.
2) 1929 Audemars Piguet Tortue – £396,905
This is an extremely rare watch. It has a platinum bracelet and was retailed by Cartier, for that added luxury. This particular watch was originally purchased by Henry Haven Windsor Jr, son of the founder of the Popular Mechanics magazine. To make it even more impressive, it is a minute repeating watch that has Breguet numerals on the dial. It captures the true style of the 1920s. It sold at auction by Phillips in Geneva for £396,905 in 2015.
1) Signed Audemars Piguet Geneve Leap Year Perp – £421,696
Making the top of our list of most expensive Audemars Piguet watches is this rare 19k gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year, moon phases and two-tone dial. It was manufactured in 1957 and has 18 jewels and a two-tone silvered dial. It 2015 it was sold at the ‘Rare Watches and Important Discoveries’ auction in New York for £421,696.