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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: 25721TI.O.1000TI.01
    Case No: E39878-488147-05**
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore, “The Beast”
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2226/2840, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Titanium Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet service invoice and service box

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    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. 25721TI.O.1000TI.01
Disruptive in its size, the watch designed by Emmanuel Gueit measures an impressive 42mm in diameter and is garnered with its rightful nickname “The Beast”. Radical and contemporary for its time, the watch gained popularity amongst the young generation and was famously worn on the wrist of Italy’s beloved athlete and alpine skiing legend, Alberto Tomba. Since then, the launch of reference 25721 marked the beginning of the over-sized trend for sports watches. Exuding a cool and masculine charm, “The Beast” was fitted with an ashen grey tapisserie dial with rugged blue accents and cased in titanium. Presented with an extra layer of personality, through the passing of time throughout the 21 or so years of this timepiece, the present E series features a unique and gorgeous patina on its dial. Originally finished in brushed blue, all three registers and dial centre have developed a tropical throughout. Accompanied with a service invoice from Audemars Piguet and service box, this impressive but lightweight Royal Oak is the perfect example of the genius of its designer.

Circa 2001