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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1996
    Reference No: 14790BA.OO.0789BA.01
    Movement No: D60738-426634
    Case No: 812
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2225, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Further delivered with Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming its date of register of the present timepiece on 18th December 1996.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Notable as the first Royal Oak’s 36mm mid-sized collection, the reference 14790 unveils to the world in 1992 and further expands its reach to a wider audience with its modest proportion. During the abundant lifespan of the reference 14790, Audemars Piguet phased its design nuance in three generations, with the first reminiscing dearest to the core vintage model “Jumbo” ref. 5402, and gradually evolves towards a modern interpretation of the design. The three series embodies distinctive dial designs, and can be characterised as follow:

    First series (1992) features vintage-style Audemars Piguet signature, flat top “A” in Automatic signature at 6 o’clock, petite tapisserie, long indexes.

    Second series (1993 to 2000) features Audemars Piguet signature with capitalised “A” and “P”, pointed top “A” in Automatic signature at 6 o’clock, petite tapisserie, long indexes. (Like the present example)

    Third series (2000-2005) features Audemars Piguet signature & Automatic sits within a small cartouche, enlarged tapisserie, and short indexes.

    With the longest production span of 7 years, the second series is one where the firm experimented a great variety of dial colours and case metals. The present second series example cased in a lavish yellow gold in contrast with the monochromatic grey dial is highly appealing. Attest to time, the dial has developed an attractive light grey patina that further heightens its vintage charm.

  • 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. 14790BA.OO.0789BA.01
A fine and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1996
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$115,000 - 190,000 

Sold for HK$378,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021