Audemars Piguet - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2021
    Reference No: 26620IO.OO.D077CA.01
    Movement No: AY5405
    Case No: JU4135W
    Model Name: Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 2965, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet international warranty, Limited Edition Certificate dated 30th March 2021 confirming that the present timepiece is one of a limited edition of 250 pieces, instructions manual, product literature, additional black rubber strap, pouch, fitted presentation box, additional presentation box battery and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Watches have had a long tradition of celebrating fictitious characters that grew up alongside collectors. The first name that comes to mind for fun and technically sound watches is perhaps Gerald Genta. The mastermind behind the Royal Oak created a line of watches devoted to bringing Disney characters to life under the Genta name in the 80s, pieces that has been the craze as of late. After much speculation and misconstrued whispers, Audemars Piguet followed suit in finally unveiling their long-awaited Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon in the first quarter of 2021. The Marvel Comics are, to today's collectors, what Mickey Mouse and his friends were to the previous generation – iconic. Neither confirmed nor denied, this is rumoured to be the first in a continuing partnership between the Swiss horological powerhouse and Marvel Universe.

    No matter if its wearer is a Stan Lee comics fan or not, this Black Panther-centric watch is an extremely well-executed horological marvel, designed to make heads turn. Realised from the Vibranium-rich mines of Wakanda, the timepiece is packed with grey, black, and purple accents with a spirited mini-sculpture of the legendary superhero, ready to pounce and jump out of the dial. From the textured patterns on his suit to the polished highlights on his shoulders, the chiselled muscular physique to the fierce claws and glaring eyes; this wild combination of laser sculpted, hand-carved and manually painted details are the defining elements that breathe life into the white gold avatar of Black Panther himself.

    While the case is unfortunately not fashioned out of Vibranium, it is however made of the ultralight, durable, resilient titanium. In contrast to the fitted sand-blasted inserts with a silky satin finish, the dial is composed of a semi-skeletonised fractured backdrop, capturing the moment before the action figure plunges out of the dial by creating the perfect illusion of visual dissonance. Exposing the Audemars Piguet flying tourbillon at the front, the sapphire caseback shows off a set of movement plates that tie in collectively to the crumpling scene on the dial that also conceals the in-house cal. 2965.

    One does not require to love comic books to appreciate this altitude craftsmanship, and on so many levels, this is exactly what the Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon represents. All proceeds exceeding the cost for the consigner on this fine specimen will be donated to charities supporting access to medical care for families in need and orphanages. Offered at Phillips for the first time, the present wristwatch is one of a 250-piece limited edition, in “like-new” condition with its original accessories. All proceeds exceeding the cost for the consignor will be donated to charities supporting access to medical care for families in need and orphanages.”

  • 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. 26620IO.OO.D077CA.01
A rare and audacious titanium semi-skeletonized flying tourbillon wristwatch with hand-painted white gold Marvel Black Panther 3D figure, certificate and presentation box, one of a limited edition of 250 pieces

Circa 2021
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$1,200,000 - 2,400,000 

Sold for HK$3,024,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)