Audemars Piguet - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1999
    Reference No: 25721BC
    Movement No: 429'039
    Case No: 009 and D80870
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal 2226/2840, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 215m
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Digital Extract, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Audemars Piguet reference 25721 was released in 1993, initially produced and offered in stainless steel, the model was later cased also in other metals such as titanium yellow gold.

    According to our most recent research, around 15 examples of white gold reference 25721 like the present example were made until 2008, making the present white gold Offshore a incredibly rare collector's piece.

    Nicknamed “The Beast” thanks to its oversized 42mm diameter case, the Offshore paved the way for bigger diameter cases to be accepted as contemporary and the "norm" for today's market standards. The model since its initial release has garnered extreme commercial success and has since seen over 100 different variations since its initial debut in 1993.

    Beautifully present on the wrist, the Royal Oak Offshore resembles in case and dial design its older sibling the Royal Oak. Featuring a small tapisserie pattern, silicon-capped pushers and crown, an integrated bracelet with thick rounded links, the timepiece is powered by the Jaeger-LeCoultre based cal. 2226/2840.

    Most notably and extremely rare to be seen in this reference and case combination, the present dial features beautiful diamond-set hour markers which were fitted exclusively to white gold examples. The diamonds add a touch of charm and beauty against the "brutality" of the beast, think of - beauty within the beast.

    Preserved in very appealing condition, The present Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25721BC is an extremely rare gem featuring a rich blue dial and bedazzling diamond hour markers. From 1999 the present timepiece comes with its presentation box, outer packaging and digital Extract.

  • 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. 25721BC
A rare, fine and attractive white gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet and presentation box

42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF94,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022