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

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: 26240ST.OO.1320ST.04
    Movement No: BD4237
    Case No: MA1551G
    Model Name: Royal Oak Chronograph "50th Anniversary"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4401, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet international warranty card, 50th Anniversary Certificate of origin, instruction manual, outer packaging, hang tag, travel pouch and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 2022 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Oak, the present chronograph reference 26240 in stainless steel is one of the most acclaimed models from Audemars Piguet's latest collection. While exquisitely beautiful thanks to its 41mm sporty case diameter and even more striking and desirable khaki dial, reference 26240 is the first Royal Oak Chronograph equipped with the newest in-house automatic caliber 4401. It is certainly an upgrade over the Frédéric Piguet cal. 1185 thanks to its quirky additions like the flyback chronograph function, vertical clutch and column wheel.

    The new in house caliber has also allowed for a rebalancing of the dial and modeling of the case. Now more symmetrical, the dial showcases equally sized subdials with the date window now sitting more close to the edge of the dial at 4 o'clock rather than in the middle, allowing for a more visually pleasing look. The case has slightly increased in thickness (1.4mm to be precise) however still retaining a beautiful silhouette and extreme comfortability on the wrist.

    Extremely desirable and sought-after, the present Royal Oak Chronograph is historically important, marking the 50 years anniversary of the Royal Oak.

    All proceeds exceeding the cost for the consignor will be donated to charities supporting access to medical care for families in need and orphanages.

  • 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. 26240ST.OO.1320ST.04
A rare and sporty stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet, warranty and presentation box, made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Oak

41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

CHF60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for CHF107,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022