Audemars Piguet - Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Spring 2023 Geneva Thursday, March 9, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2022
    Reference No: 26240ST.OO.1320ST.01
    Movement No: BD3307
    Case No: YH8686W
    Model Name: Royal Oak Chronograph 41, 50th Anniversary
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. AP 4401, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin dated 10th March 2022 confirming that the present timepiece is part of the Royal Oak’s 50th Anniversary, international warranty card, instructions manual, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    -In honour of the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary last year, Audemars Piguet launched a new range of Royal Oak Chronograph wristwatches. The present anniversary Royal Oak Chronograph 41 reference 26240 in stainless steel displays the iconic bleu nuage Grande Tapisserie dial topped with a discreet date window at 4 o'clock and applied luminous hour markers. Following the aesthetics’ genetics of its predecessors, the bracelet's and octagonal bezel's finishes remain unchanged.

    -The reference 26240 is the first Royal Oak Chronograph equipped with the newest in-house automatic calibre 4401. An upgrade over the Frédéric Piguet calibre 1185, the watch movement features a new flyback chronograph function, vertical clutch, and column wheel. Furthermore, the present watch displays a sapphire caseback that invites the wearer to admire the new in-house calibre and its 22K white gold “50 Years” rotor. The distinct, celebratory oscillating rotor was only included in watches produced in 2022, after which they would be discontinued and revert to the ordinary form.

    -The dial layout has been reshuffled and rebalanced. More symmetrical, it flaunts equally sized subdials with the date window sitting close to the edge of the dial at 4 o'clock. The signature at 12 o’clock is now applied in white gold and the automatic mention underneath has been removed.

    -Extremely desirable and sought-after, the present Royal Oak Chronograph is offered in “like-new” condition, still retaining its factory stickers and is complete with its certificate and original accessories.

  • 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.01
A fine, rare and “like-new” stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, blue dial, bracelet, warranty and presentation box, made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Oak

Circa 2022
41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF69,850

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Spring 2023

9 - 16 March 2023