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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1991
    Reference No: 14544BC
    Movement No: 330’627
    Case No: C68’028, No. 23
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2151
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 175 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp, stamped with the Helvetia hallmark
    Dimensions: 35 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with green leather Audemars Piguet fitted presentation box. Further delivered with Extrait de Registre confirming registration of the present watch in 1991

  • Catalogue Essay

    An exquisite and extremely fine artwork for the wrist, the present lot is rife with connotations of class and taste unlikely to be overlooked by watch enthusiasts. Lavishly adorned with imposing diamonds and a wondrous lapis lazuli dial, the present watch is a majestic iteration of the Royal Oak series. Atop the breathtakingly beautiful blue lapis lazuli dial, a set of diamonds were applied as hour markers. Setting diamonds on lapis lazuli requires incredible craftsmanship, as the lapis stone is extremely fragile. Together with the 18 karat white gold case and bracelet, the dazzling diamond-set bezel captures its beholders’ eyes with great amazement.

    Completed with an arresting aura of precious materials, the present watch amply embodies the technical prowess of Haute Horlogerie and is one of the most beautiful Royal Oaks ever made. The case back is numbered 23, signifying its rarity.

  • 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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945

Ref. 14544BC
A very fine, rare and highly attractive white gold wristwatch with lapis lazuli dial, diamond-set bezel, date, bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1991
35 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 220,000 
€16,600-24,300
$19,200-28,200

Sold for HK$275,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018