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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 25860ST.0.1110ST.01
    Movement No: 471’122
    Case No: E-14712, No. 1726
    Model Name: Royal Oak Chronograph ‘Kasparov’
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2385, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin stamped by retailer Lugi Verga Orologi dated April 2000, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Audemars Piguet launched their sporty chronograph line, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in 1993 with rubber-clad chronograph buttons, however, it was not until 1998 that they returned to the more traditional line of Royal Oak, with the release of the Royal Oak Chronograph, similar to the present watch the watch case is 41mm, compared to the earlier 39mm and is in line with the taste for large size cases. The watch is highly finished both on the case and bracelet.

    The present lot was available with various dial colours and could be purchased in precious metals. This example stays true to the Royal Oak origins, showcasing the trademark boxed guilloché pattern the Royal Oak has been acclaimed for since its inception. Being one of the early production it comes with a 'small tapisserie pattern', that is observed on the early E series batch that was produced from 1998 to 2003 and the dial is produced by the famous Stern Création which retains the same attributes of an early vintage Royal Oak such as the reference 5402 or 14790 models. Lastly, the first generation 'Kasparov' are fitted with bracelets (like the present example) which are produced by Gay Frères and they are highly regarded by the brand for their expertise in bracelets making. The 'G.F' signature is stamped on the clasp, enhancing its desirability further.

    This specific reference gained considerable popularity as this reference was created by Audemars Piguet to pay tribute to the legendary chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov wore one during his professional games and would always remove it from his wrist prior to his last, winning moves. The watch has since been nicknamed "Kasparov" by collectors, further complete with the original certificate and presentation box making it a wonderful example to collect and wear.

  • 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. 25860ST.0.1110ST.01
An attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2000
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 200,000 
€11,100-22,100
$12,800-25,600

Sold for HK$403,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021