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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2007
    Reference No: 26098RO.OO.D002CR.01
    Movement No: 630’611
    Case No: F73969-0008
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II
    Material: 18K pink gold and black ceramic
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2326/2840, 50 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Audemars Piguet Warranty and Authentication Certificate stamped Audemars Piguet Hong Kong.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore has witnessed many collaborations with world renowned organizations and individuals. In 2006, Audemars Piguet launched the Rubens Barrichello II Royal Oak Offshore to commemorate the celebrated Brazilian F1 Grand Prix driver. Having started his career as an F1 driver in 1993, Barrichello won his first Grand Prix at the German Grand Prix in 2000 during his first year racing for Ferrari alongside his teammate Michael Schumacher. Throughout his outstanding career in F1, Rubens Barrichello earned over 658 career points with 68 podiums and 11 wins. His last win was at home during the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix.

    The Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II limited edition was launched in three metals with 150 examples in platinum, 500 examples in pink gold and 1,000 examples in titanium. The design of the watch is notably different to your regular Offshore’s, featuring a black ceramic bezel with oversized allen screws, it also features oversized rectangular pushers and crown. Designed for a racing driver, the oversized components allow an easier adjustment of the time and activation of the chronograph while gloved.

    Interestingly stamped with a warranty numbered 26098RO instead of 26078RO likely to be a mistake from the manufacturer, the present example consigned by the original owner in pink gold numbered 8 of a limited edition of 500 pieces is presented in excellent overall condition. A fantastic timepiece to sport for a day out in the track.

  • 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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Property from the Original Owner

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Ref. 26098RO.OO.D002CR.01
A very fine and attractive limited edition pink gold and black ceramic chronograph wristwatch with date and warranty, numbered 8 of a limited edition of 500 pieces

Circa 2007
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 
€21,300-32,000
$25,600-38,500

Sold for HK$441,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021