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A Parisian collector assembled this set of thirteen timepieces over a period of around ten years. The stars are the famous Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet and Nautilus by Patek Philippe – two watchmakers, but one designer, Gérald Genta.
Patek Philippe, watch Nautilus with complications, steel, automatic movement, reference 5726A-001, bearing the double signature of the brand and Tiffany & Co, grey leather strap, Diam. 4 cm.
Geneva-born master-watchmaker Gérald Genta, who died in 2011, made his name at the age of just 23 by designing the SAS Polerouter. It was the beginning of success for the man nicknamed "Mr 100,000 Watches". In 1971, he created the Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet, an eight-sided model based on diving helmets attached to the bracelet by eight screws. It remains the brand's signature piece today. One of its complication models is leaving the collection, estimated at €90,000/110,000. In the mid-1970s, Genta created a model for Patek Philippe suitable for both formal wear and sportswear. He said he had sketched what would become the legendary Nautilus in a matter of minutes. With a bezel with softened angles, it recalls the portholes of transatlantic ships. It also features a number of innovations, including waterproofness to a depth of 120 metres.
Constantly updated, it remains the ultimate watch for all connoisseurs. Preserved in its original condition, our Nautilus bears the double Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. stamp, a major asset in the wake of the American firm’s purchase by the LVMH group.