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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1998
    Reference No: 14794OR.OO.0902OR.99
    Movement No: 414’297
    Case No: D87633
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 2003_SQ, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 30mm 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 on 26th March 1998.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Unchanging yet constantly renewing, the Royal Oak began to thrive with variety in the 1980s. Fast forward a decade, in 1990s Audemars Piguet even went on further in experimenting with skeletonized dial to fully exhibit the heart of the watch with the introduction of the present reference 14794. Measuring at a petit 30mm diameter the model was available in an array of metals: from white gold, yellow gold and pink gold, to even more playful two-tone platinum and pink gold variant.

    Definitely an eye-catching timepiece shinning in rich pink gold with a breathtakingly beautiful open-worked dial. The present piece displays a wide array of complex and delicate finishing techniques which contrast subtly with the octagon bezel. An elegant touch to the three dimensional architecture of its mechanism, the hour and minute hands are adorned with diamonds shinning bright against its pink gold counterparts, making the passage of time more legible on this petit sized canvas. Equally stunning is the reverse of the dial, and the manufacturer has spared no expense in handcrafting the awe-inspiring movement. An exceptionally rare and exquisite piece of art for the wrist, the present lot is rife with connotations of taste and class unlikely to be missed by watch enthusiasts.

  • 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. 14794OR.OO.0902OR.99
A lady’s rare and attractive pink gold skeletonized wristwatch with diamond-set hands and bracelet

30mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$352,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022