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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: 25721TI.O.1000TI.01
    Movement No: 494’930
    Case No: E40103, No. 782
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore, “The Beast”
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2226/2840, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Titanium Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Audemars Piguet warranty stamped Tarascio, Italy dated August 2001, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Astonishing and never seen in the market before, in 1993 Basel Watch Fair, Audemars Piguet launched the Royal Oak Offshore reference 25721 as a reinvented extension of the brand’s classic Royal Oak. Disrupting in its size, the watch designed by Emmanuel Gueit measures at a whopping 42mm diameter and garnered with its rightful nickname “The Beast”. Radical and contemporary of its time, the watch gained popularity amongst the young generation and was famously worn on the wrist of Italy’s beloved athlete and alpine skiing legend, Alberto Tomba. Since then, the launch of reference 25721 marked the beginning of over-sized trend for sports watches.

    Exuding a cool and masculine charm, “The Beast” were fitted with an ashen grey tapesserie dial with rugged blue accents and cased in titanium. Presented with an extra layer of personality, through the passing of time throughout the 21 so years of this timepiece, the present E series features a unique and gorgeous patina on its registers. Originally finished in brushed blue, all three registers have develop an incredible and even tropical throughout.

    The present watch is furthermore preserved in an overall excellent condition. A combination of great technical prowess, top-notch material and daring design, the present lot completed with original guarantee and box, is not simply a luxury sports wristwatch but also a grand attention-grabber.

  • 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. 25721TI.O.1000TI.01
A highly rare, fine and attractive titanium chronograph wristwatch with date, “tropical” registers, bracelet, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2001
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$239,400

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022