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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1993
    Reference No: 14813BC.ZZ.0789BC.06
    Case No: D 16988, No. 029
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: 18K white gold, diamonds and aventurine
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2225, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Delivered with Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming the register date of the present timepiece in 1993.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Royal Oak, a breakthrough and spreadheaded design from 1972, the Royal Oak was instrumental in paving the way to luxury steel watches. Through its existence the Royal Oak has was made in numerous variants including the incredibly luxurious variant like the present example ref. 14813BC. According to Audemars Piguet reference 14813's was made with 12 different dials, the most common being the version with lapis lazuli.

    Glamorous and elevated with elegance, the present specimen cased in the heft of a white gold case is preserved in absolutely superb condition. Twinkling in the night blue sky, the drop dead gorgeous aventurine dial is truly mesmerizing. Aventurine being a form of quartz, its is characterised by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that make the dial resemble a starry night sky. With the passage of time marked by 11 sparkling diamonds on the dial, the timepiece is completed with the famous porthole inspired 8 screws octagon bezel that is bedazzled with 40 more diamonds to surround this exuberant piece. With only 2 known of such configuration in the auction market, the present example being one of them preserved in spectacular condition is born from 1993 confirmed by the Audemars Piguet Extract form the Archives, this is the perfect timepiece for collectors seeking for a touch of glamour from the 90s.

  • 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. 14813BC.ZZ.0789BC.06
An extremely rare and attractive white gold and diamond-set wristwatch with aventurine dial, date and bracelet

Circa 1993
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$400,000 - 800,000 

Sold for HK$819,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022