Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

New York, Jun 08, 2011

LOT 101

Audemars Piguet - Maserati - Anniversary Millenary MC12 Tourbillon & Chronograph Audemars Piguet, Genève, "Millenary - Maserati Anniversary ? MC12 Tourbillon and Chronograph?, No. 146/150, movement No. 678529, case No. F 94916, Ref. 26069PT. Made in a limited edition of 150 pieces in 2006 to commemorate the success of the Maserati MC12 in the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers? Cup. Extremely fine and very rare, horizontal oval, water-resistant, platinum wristwatch with twin white gold and palladium alloy barrels, black carbon movement with blue anodized aluminum bridges, 10-day power reserve, visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, oval-button chronograph, register, tachometer and a platinum Audemars Piguet deployant clasp.

USD 140,000 - 160,000

CHF 120,000 - 140,000 / EUR 95,000 - 110,000

Sold: USD 160,900

C. Two-body, ?bullhead?, polished and brushed, stepped bezel, recessed winding crown, button at 10 for the start/stop function of the chronograph, button at 2 for the return-to-zero function, fluted lugs, transparent case back with 6 screws, sapphire crystals. D. Off-center, openwork to display the movement, two-tone silver with carbon-fiber inserts, blue painted hour, minute and seconds divisions, outer blue tachometer scale on a radial engine-turned ring, power-reserve indication, subsidiary 30-minute register, visible tourbillon with blue anodized aluminum bridge, applied white gold Maserati ?Trident? symbol at 2. Luminous blued steel alpha hour and minute hands, red chronograph hand with black counterpoise. Audemars Piguet (detail of the movement) M. Cal. 2884, hand finished, black carbon main-plate, blue anodized aluminum bridges, 30 jewels, white gold and palladium alloy twin barrels, one-minute tourbillon regulator in a polished steel cage with three equidistant arms, lateral lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold and 5 positions, 21,600 vibrations per hour, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring. Dial, case and movement and barrels signed. Dim. 42 x 47 mm. Thickness 16 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Millenary MC12 Tourbillon & Chronograph Created in homage to Maserati and to one of its most beautiful racing cars, the Millenary MC12 tourbillon and chronograph is one of the classics of contemporary haute horology. Named in honour of the MC12, the car that marked Maserati?s return to highlevel motor sports competition. The Audemars Piguet manufacture in Le Brassus is the official sponsor of the MC12 cars taking part in the GT competitions. In 2004, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Maserati, Audemars Piguet launched the Dual Time Millenary Maserati, this was then followed in 2006 by the present model made to commemorate the success of the Maserati MC12 in the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers? Cup. Technical Specifications T he Millenary MC12 tourbillon and chronograph incorporates several innovative and sophisticated horological inventions. The tourbillon comprises of 70 parts weighing a total of just 0.45 grams. The going train has double barrels giving an exceptional 10-day (240 hour) power-reserve, the barrels are made from a special alloy of white gold and palladium which reduces the loss of energy due to friction usually caused by the action of the springs against the barrel. The barrels are rapid rotating giving a constant force during operation. The mainplate of the movement is made from carbon and the bridges from anodised aluminium.