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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2022
    Reference No: 16202OR.OO.1240OR.01
    Movement No: BG0337
    Case No: UK1244U
    Model Name: Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin, 50th Anniversary
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 7121, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Certificate of Origin dated 1st February 2022 confirming that the present timepiece is part of the Royal Oak’s 50th Anniversary and its location of purchase is Rue Royale Paris, international warranty card, instructions manual, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    2022, no doubt, is a big year for Audemars Piguet. It is exactly 50 years since the Royal Oak was presented to the world as their inaugural onslaught on a true luxury sports watch, cased in stainless steel. Gone with the old and in with the new; the ref. 16202 has replaced its predecessor, the ref. 15202, after a long and successful production run for over two decades.

    The timepiece at hand is one of the four novelties that celebrates a new generation Royal Oak “Jumbos”:

    Ref. 16202ST.OO.1240ST.01, in steel, on a steel bracelet, with a special anniversary blue dial

    Ref. 16202OR.OO.1240OR.01, in pink gold on a pink gold bracelet, with a "smoked grey" dial (present example)

    Ref. 16202BA.OO.1240BA.01, in yellow gold on a yellow gold bracelet, with a smoked gold dial

    Ref. 16202PT.OO.1240PT.01 in platinum on a platinum bracelet, with a smoked green dial


    Staying true to its roots, the ref. 16202 is essentially the ref. 15202, with a subtle facelift and a new beating heart. However, unlike its older siblings, the most significant upgrade is the new cal. 7121. In place of the seminal cal. 2121, the replacement is slightly larger and thicker than its original but the performance is enhanced across the board and compact enough to remain in a 39mm case that is only 8.1 mm thick.

    Framed in a warm and inviting pink gold case, the ref. 16202OR boasts a striking smoked grey dial. According to Audemars Piguet, achieving this aesthetic is extremely labour-intensive, and each dial must undergo a painstaking repetitive process of galvanic baths. There is no room for error as the duration and temperature are key to reaching a uniform tinting across the different pieces. The smoked effect is then achieved by meticulously spraying coloured varnish onto the dial’s outline while rotating, to reach a seamless gradation.

    Offered in “like-new” condition, the present Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin, 50th Anniversary edition is complete with a 22K pink gold hollowed “50 Years” winding rotor is revealed through the sapphire case back. The rotor will only be included in watches produced in 2022, after which they will revert back to the ordinary rotor. Accompanied by its original accessories, this wristwatch will be a fantastic addition to any collection.

    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. 16202OR.OO.1240OR.01
A fine, attractive and “like-new” pink gold wristwatch with date, grey fumé dial, bracelet, certificate and presentation box, made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Oak

Circa 2022
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$400,000 - 800,000 
€52,200-104,000
$51,300-103,000

Sold for HK$1,134,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

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