Audemars Piguet - Racing Pulse New York Saturday, December 12, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2009
    Reference No: 26284RO.OO.D002CR.01
    Movement No: 707’881
    Case No: G59412-0133, numbered 133 of 257
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition Rubens Barrichello
    Material: 18K pink gold and ceramic
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2326/2840, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by guarantee booklet including warranty and certificate of authenticity indicating sale of this watch on March 16th 2009 in New York, QC certification, product literature, fitted presentation box, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The year 1972 marked the birth of two legendary icons—the world-renowned former Ferrari and Formula One driver, Rubens Barrichello, and the launch of the watch that redefined luxury sports horology, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. To commemorate Barrichello’s remarkable racing career, Audemars Piguet released a collaborative series of limited-edition variations of the Royal Oak Offshore. The present reference 26284RO.OO.D002CR.01 was launched in 2008 as the third and final rendition. Limited to only 257 pieces, it is also considered an ultimate Offshore for the serious Audemars Piguet collector.

    Without a doubt, the design of the timepiece is full of automotive details inspired by the F1 racing world that pay tribute to the Brazilian F1 racing icon. Encased in 18k pink gold, titanium and ceramic, the watch features a Méga Tapisserie “racing” dial with applied hour markers, an open-worked center, a white tachymeter outer ring, and a bold red inner circle that altogether recall the Ferrari jacket in which Barrichello was often seen wearing. The case is further equipped with features that resemble components of a racecar: the ceramic bezel is secured by hex screws sunken into recessed wells that evoke a ventilated disc brake, the plots on the bracelet recall pedals, the crown is shaped like a cogwheel, the ceramic pushers mimic air extractors, and a wheel-shaped case back. Accompanied by guarantee booklet, fitted presentation box and offered in superb overall condition, the present lot is being sold to benefit The One Drop Foundation, a non-profit organization striving to provide safe drinking water in vulnerable communities.

    Consigned by the Original Owner

  • 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. 26284RO.OO.D002CR.01
A fine and attractive pink gold and ceramic chronograph wristwatch with date, presentation box, and certificate, sold to benefit The One Drop Foundation

Circa 2009
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap, and clasp signed.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $60,480

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New York Auction 12 December 2020