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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: 16202BA.OO.1240BA.01
    Movement No: BG0248
    Case No: GH8793A
    Model Name: Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin "50th Anniversary"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 7121, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Royal Oak 50th Anniversary certificate of origin dated April 26, 2022 in Paris, Audemars Piguet warranty card, instruction manual, product literature, hang tag, traveling leather box, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet launched the reference 16202BA in yellow gold as a tribute to the original Royal Oak model. Measuring 39mm diameter, the watch is a faithful homage to the original reference 5402BA and the 20th anniversary model 14802BA, with the biggest changes being the new inhouse calibre 7121, replacing the five decade-old calibre 2121, and a mesmerizing smoked yellow gold-toned dial that would make more than one collector dream.

    The new movement features an upgraded power reserve of 55 hours with a new quick-set date mechanism. Part of an extremely scarce production of only 100 pieces for 2022, its new owner will be able to admire the new 22K yellow gold “50-years” rotor mounted on ball bearings, which can only be found on watches delivered within that same year.

    But what truly hypnotizes its beholder is the dial: a fiery, sunset-like gradient dial ranging from yellow gold in the centre to smoky black in the periphery. Playing with the proportions of the watch, the polarized dégradé effect gives a completely new perspective and an incredible personality to the watch. The yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak luminescent hands complement to perfection this newly dictated aesthetics with the date window matching the colour of the “Petite Tapisserie” dial. While the previous yellow gold Jumbo Royal Oak was all about homogeneity with a tone-on-tone dial, this new combination of colours brings back energy and freshness to the landmark which is the Royal Oak.

    Delivered in the Paris boutique earlier this year, the present example is offered by the original owner and remains unworn. With the most attractive tropical-inspired dial, it will certainly appeal to the enthusiastic collector of modern haute horlogerie.

    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. 16202BA.OO.1240BA.01
A new and flamboyant yellow gold wristwatch with date, bracelet, certificate of origin, warranty, and presentation box, made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Oak

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF226,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022