Audemars Piguet - The Royal Oak 50th Geneva Friday, May 6, 2022 | Phillips

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    • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
      Year: 1993
      Reference No: 14701BC
      Movement No: 357'268
      Case No: C94105.056
      Model Name: Royal Oak
      Material: 18K white gold and jasper
      Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2125, 18 jewels
      Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 185mm
      Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp further stamped Gay Frères
      Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
      Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
      Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo co-signed Royal Oak 50th Anniversary Attestation.

    • Catalogue Essay

      A variation of reference 14700, reference 14701 was made for just one year in the early 1990s. It was made in around 10 examples, including 5 pieces in white gold.

      The present reference 14701BC is, as its code indicates, in white gold. It is presented with an extremely rare jasper, also known as bloodstone, dial. Jasper is a stone with ancestral virtues, used for centuries as protection and a source of strength. Ancient folklore characterized this stone as excellent weapon for warriors or anyone who is experiencing conflicts and challenges. It was believed that this stone would offer protection from harm.
      According to our research, only 5 examples of reference 14701 were produced in white gold.
      In excellent condition, this watch represents a rare opportunity to hold both a very little-known Royal Oak reference in one of the rarest configuration and a piece that has survived the years without feeling the effect of time.

    • Artist Biography

      Audemars Piguet

      Swiss • 1881

      A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. This Le Brassus-based Swiss manufacturer is one of only two major manufacturers still owned by the founding family. Since its earliest days, AP is considered a leader in the field of minute repeaters and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand is devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcased at their superb museum in Le Brassus.

      Today, the brand is best known for its Royal Oak models, a revolutionary luxury sports watch launched in 1972. Other key models include early minute repeating wristwatches, vintage chronograph wristwatches, such as the oversized reference 5020, perpetual calendar watches and the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993.

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Ref. 14701BC
An extremely rare and exclusive white gold wristwatch with jasper dial, date and bracelet, part of a 5-piece series

36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Full Cataloguing

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF277,200

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The Royal Oak 50th

Geneva Auction 6 May 2022