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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2004
    Reference No: 26030RO.OO.D001IN.01
    Movement No: 583’251
    Case No: F25097, No. 351/500
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya Chronograph
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2226, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Audemars Piguet undated Certificate of Origin stamped Premier Metro Group, Kazakhstan, Certificate of Authenticity, instruction manual, product literature, limited edition fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Colombian-born, Juan Pablo Montoya entered the world of motorsports at an early age encouraged by his father who taught him the basics of go-karting. From these beginnings, Montoya began his career in F300 and Formula One testing in 1997, and made his Formula One debut in 2001. He competed at the Formula One level until 2006, where he made the switch to compete in the NASCAR circuit. In 2007, he won the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway, winning it again in 2008 and 2013. He remains one of only two racecar drivers, alongside Mario Andretti, to achieve victory in Formula One, the Indianapolis 500, and the 24 Hours of Daytona. This is just one of numerous accolades that have catapulted him to being named one of the best Formula One drivers of all time.

    In 2004, Juan Pablo Montoya became the brand ambassador of Audemars Piguet with the launch of the highly coveted Royal Oak Offshore named after the racecar icon. Gaining immediate traction from F1 fans and collectors all over the globe, this phenomenal timepiece was produced in only two precious metal: titanium in a limited series of 1000 pieces, and like the present example 18K pink gold in a limited series of just 500 pieces. Each individually numbered and fueled with immense racecar driven concept, the Royal Oak Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya edition is simply astonishing. With eight cylinder head screws, carbon fiber armor, clutch disk shaped rotor and pedal like pushers, this hefty timepiece is craft and built like a true motorsport machine. Audemars Piguet also took a stepped further into the dial design, the grand tapisserie dial has an added flair with a subtle motif of a checkered flag as drivers speed pass the finish line. Furthermore, the strap is anything but mundane, pattern stitched, the black strap takes inspiration of padded race suits worn by F1 superstars.

    Sublime in mechanics down to every nut and bolt, the present timepiece definitely deserves the podium. Numbered 351 out of a limited series of only 500 pieces, this engine is offered in an attractive condition with its full set of accessories, a true capsule piece and perfect to be worn by collectors during the showdown of the next race week.

  • 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. 26030RO.OO.D001IN.01
A rare and very attractive limited edition pink gold chronograph wristwatch with carbon fiber inserts, date, Certificate of Origin and presentation box, numbered 351 of a limited edition of 500 pieces

Circa 2004
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$234,000 - 390,000 

Sold for HK$378,000

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Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021