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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2017
    Reference No: 26510IP
    Case No: J64903
    Model Name: Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin
    Material: Platinum and titanium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 2924, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum and titanium Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum and titanium Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet International Warranty Card, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the most iconic wristwatch designs of the 20th century. Designed in one night by Gerald Genta, it was introduced in 1972, during the depths of the quartz crisis, and was the most expensive steel watch ever offered to the public. So audacious was its concept, Audemars Piguet’s competitors were sure the watch would bankrupt the company, however the model has become an icon and fan favourite for its rugged, masculine, and sporty aesthetic. Since its introduction, the brand has produced many iterations of the Royal Oak, experimenting with different case sizes, materials, dial treatments, and complications.

    The Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin was released in 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the model, and is one of the few Royal Oaks with a manually wound movement. An Audemars Piguet boutique exclusive, the present model reference 26510IP is most notably cased in platinum and titanium. It was released in 2017 in a limited edition of only 50 pieces and was met with admiration and accolades from the collecting world.

    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.

    Offered in fantastic condition, it is furthermore accompanied by its Audemars Piguet International Warranty Card, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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. 26510IP
A rare and attractive limited edition titanium and platinum tourbillon wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box, made in a limited edition series of 50 pieces

41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF120,000 - 240,000 

Sold for CHF152,400

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024