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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2006
    Reference No: 26078RO.OO.D001VS.01
    Case No: F73669, lim. ed. no. 374/500
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II
    Material: 18K pink gold and ceramic
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2326/2840, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet service box and further delivered with Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch and its subsequent sale on December 20, 2006.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Royal Oak Offshore is an even more sport-focused chronographic evolution of the Royal Oak. It makes very much sense that the F1 driver Rubens Barrichello had a collaboration with Audemars Piguet, as car racing is one of the preeminent applications for chronograph watches.

    The present model Rubens Barrichello II was realized in 3 metals, all bearing ceramic bezel and pushers and all limited edition: a titanium version was made in 1000 pieces, the present rose gold one was realized in 500 examples - this one being number 374, and 150 specimens were made in platinum.

    Beyond the name, many details are clear nods to the world of F1 racing, most notably the typical 8 hexagonal screws adorning the bezel in this instance take the shape of engine screws, the crown recalls a gearing part, and the pushers are reminiscent of air intakes/extractors of race cars.

  • 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. 26078RO.OO.D001VS.01
A fine pink gold and ceramic chronograph with date, numbered 374 of a limited edition of 500 pieces

Circa 2006
44mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$155,000 - 235,000 

Sold for HK$375,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019