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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 25807OR
    Case No: D85958, No. 18/19
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2127/2827, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet outer packaging and associated box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Commemorative timepieces are always interesting and are often what collectors long for especially when it is released by a firm respected and admired by most. In 1997, Audemars Piguet released a series of limited edition timepieces to celebrate the important handover of Hong Kong to China after being colonized by the British for 156 years and was re-established as a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. To mark this important milestone, the ref. 25852 triple calendar was released with 97 examples in stainless steel with a blue dial and 19 examples in pink gold also with a blue dial.

    While the Royal Oak Offshore Triple Calendar timepieces were first released in 1996, the commemorative editions featured something spectacular and unique, a Chinese calendar roulette calendar. Furthermore, each of these examples featured a caseback inscribed with the important date of the Handover as well as its individual limited edition numbers. While most examples that has resurfaced in the market since its launch were in stainless steel, pink gold examples of the reference are extremely rare with only 1 example ever sold at auction.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover and moreover it also marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Royal Oak. With two important commemorations behind this present timepiece, this is the year to acquire this beautiful and rare example of the ref. 25807OR in pink gold.

  • 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. 25807OR
A very fine, commemorative and rare limited edition pink gold triple calendar wristwatch with small seconds, Chinese calendar, bracelet and box, numbered 18 of a limited edition of 19 pieces, made to commemorate the handover of Hong Kong on 1st July 1997

Circa 1997
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$220,000 - 440,000 

Sold for HK$529,200

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022