Heartbeat: 1880 Louis Audemars Minute Repeater, Perpetual Calendar, And Chronograph
by Ian Skellern
At a preview before a Christie’s watch auction in Geneva, I found myself particularly attracted to this impeccable Louis Audemars pocket watch. It features a minute repeater, perpetual calendar, chronograph, and moon phase and is from circa 1880. It is 135 years old and shows not a wrinkle!
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For more on this big watch auction weekend, please see:
Phillips’ Inaugural One Auction: So How Did Watches By Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Rolex, And Longines Do?
Audemars Piguet Minute Repeater Wristwatch Reference 5528 From 1885 Has Feminine Roots.
Case: hunter, 18-karat gold, 56 mm, engine-turned
Movement: minute repeater, perpetual calendar, chronograph, moon phase indicator; signed L. Audemars, Brassus, Suisse, no. 14’261, circa 1880
Functions: repeater on two steel hammers, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, month and leap year, day, date and moon phases with lunar calendar and seconds
Price realized: $56,496 (estimate $43,000 – $63,000) on May 11, 2015 at Christie’s Important Watches auction in Geneva