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

    • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
      Year: 2018
      Reference No: 15202IP
      Movement No: AG2129
      Case No: J78663
      Model Name: Royal Oak
      Material: Titanium and platinum
      Calibre: Automatic, cal 2121, 36 jewels
      Bracelet/Strap: Titanium and platinum Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 195mm
      Clasp/Buckle: Titanium and platinum Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
      Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
      Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
      Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet guarantee card, hang tag, product literature, box and outer packaging. Further accompanied by Audemars Piguet and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo co-signed Royal Oak 50th Anniversary Attestation.

    • Catalogue Essay

      Reference 15202 has become one of the most coveted watches of the past years.

      It was first introduced in steel and yellow gold cases in 2000, while retaining the 39mm case of the original “Jumbo” as well as the automatic cal 2121 it had a more modern vibe with the "Grande Tapisserie" dial and sapphire caseback.

      The model featured for the first time a silver dial but was also available with dark blue and cosmos blue dials. The pink gold version was launched in 2006.

      In 2012 for the model’s 40th anniversary the dial of reference 15202 was revamped to make it closer in looks to the original ref 5402 with the AP logo placed at 6 o’clock and Petite Tapisserie dial.

      The "IP" - as the present watch is nicknamed by collectors (as reference to the last two letters of its reference number meaning titanium and platinum) - represents the continuation, or according to some collectors the pinnacle, of this path. In its case, the collector finds the mix - as idiosyncratic as it is potent - of two opposing metals: ultra light and technical titanium for the case and bracelet links and heavy and luxurious platinum for the bezel and central links. It is incredible how two polar opposites such as these metals manage to perfectly blend together for a supremely attractive final result.

      The dégradé ultramarine blue dial also represents a new tier of experimentation for the 15202 model, noticeably - but still discreetly - stepping away from the usual monochrome dark dials. Also in this case, the outcome packs an incredibly powerful aesthetic punch.

      While such looks propelled the piece to the highest levels of unrestrained beauty and desirability, its 250-pieces limited production propelled collectors to the highest level of frustration: only a handful among the most important Audemars Piguet collectors were able to call one of these watches their own. Such a dedicated crowd obviously very rarely part with their watches - let alone such an exclusive and attractive piece - rendering quite unsurprising the scarcity on the market of this model.

    • 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. 15202IP
A mesmerising and exclusive titanium and platinum wristwatch with ultramarine blue dial, polished bezel, date, bracelet, Guarantee and box, part of a 250-pieces limited edition

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Full Cataloguing

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF277,200

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The Royal Oak 50th

Geneva Auction 6 May 2022