As most of you would possibly know, this 12 months the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, probably the most emblematic watch within the assortment of the Le Brassus-based watchmaker, is celebrating its Fiftieth anniversary. As such, the model has been releasing a number of new fashions to rejoice half a century of the Genta-designed sports activities watch with an built-in bracelet, together with a brand new model of the Jumbo Additional-Skinny with unprecedented motion, the reference 16202. And as you’d count on, realizing the cult standing of this watch, public sale homes are collaborating within the celebrations by getting ready devoted gross sales. On this body, Phillips in Affiliation with Bacs & Russo publicizes “The Royal Oak Fiftieth”, a thematic sale that may collect a number of the most essential fashions ever produced by AP. And this contains some Grande Issues, uncommon editions and traditionally essential watches reminiscent of a Karl Lagerfeld Black PVD coated watch or the earliest 5402ST A-Sequence ever to return to the public sale market.
The Royal Oak Fiftieth public sale, to happen in Geneva on Could sixth 2022, might be a tightly curated sale that may supply 88 items, with uncommon, difficult, traditionally essential and beautifully preserved fashions.
The Royal Oak 5402ST “A2”
Born in 1972 underneath the reference 5402ST, the Royal Oak Jumbo was first launched in a collection of 1,000 items recognized underneath the code A-series. A part of The Royal Oak Fiftieth public sale would be the earliest quantity reference 5402 to ever seem at public sale, a watch with serial quantity A2, that means the second Royal Oak ever produced by Audemars Piguet. As well as, the current instance was one of many 4 Royal Oak fashions offered to the press and public on the opening of the Basel watch truthful in 1972. The watch is moreover full with its full set of equipment and stays unworn. Phillips publicizes an estimate of CHF 200,000-400,000, which appears relatively conservative realizing the present market and the historic significance of this particular mannequin.
A Karl Lagerfeld Black PVD coated 5402ST A-series
An icon worn by one other icon… There’s no different method to describe this well-known black watch, which has been seen a number of occasions on watch and trend magazines, a watch that by some means began the development for blackened and customised items… And a timepiece that gained much more consideration after its proprietor handed away in 2019.
A part of The Royal Oak Fiftieth sale might be a Karl Lagerfeld black PVD coated Royal Oak Jumbo reference 5402ST. The German artistic director, dressmaker, artist, and photographer was usually seen sporting black PVD Royal Oak fashions of various sizes which he would then present to mates and collaborators. There are a number of interval pictures exhibiting the designer sporting such a watch. The current mannequin, purchased in Italy in early 1974 when Lagerfeld was dwelling there, got here again to the market in 1995 and remained in the identical assortment for over 20 years. Observe: Phillips explains that “the place of supply of the watch and quantity of wear and tear lead Phillips’ watch specialists to imagine that this watch had been the property of Lagerfeld.”
The estimate is conservative because of what we’ve simply defined above, at CHF 100,000-200,000.
Royal Oak 25831ST Tourbillon in Stainless-steel
Launched in 1997 as a part of the celebrations for the twenty fifth anniversary of the mannequin, the reference 25831ST was the very first time the Royal Oak was outfitted with a tourbillon regulator. It’s largely noticeable due to its off-centred show with date and energy reserve indicator, in addition to the daring octagonal-shaped tourbillon ring paying homage to the watch’s bezel. The current instance, manufactured from stainless and a part of a collection of solely 25 items bears the #1/25 and is offered with a blue Petite Tapisserie dial.
The estimate of CHF 120,000-240,000 is, as soon as once more, more likely to be conservative.
Royal Oak 25865ST Grande Complication
Following the introduction of the tourbillon in 1997, Audemars Piguet shortly launched a lot of the potential problems inside the Royal Oak case. As an indication of its savoir-faire, AP pushed the idea so far as releasing a so-called Grande Complication, that means a mix of split-seconds chronograph, perpetual calendar and minute repeater. The current piece, made in stainless with a traditional tapisserie blue dial, is a singular piece. Estimate CHF 250,000-500,000.
Royal Oak 25636PT Openwork Perpetual Calendar in platinum
The perpetual calendar is one in every of Audemars Piguet’s most essential problems and, as such, has lengthy been a part of the Royal Oak assortment. First launched in 1984 with the reference 5554, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar quickly grew to become a must have within the assortment and has been made in a number of completely different editions. As a part of The Royal Oak Fiftieth Public sale, Phillips will supply a reference 25636PT, a platinum-cased mannequin that additionally occurs to be one of many earliest variants to function an openwork dial exposing the QP mechanism beneath. It comes outfitted with midnight blue subdials and doesn’t function a bissextile year indicator. Solely 41 items in platinum had been made. Estimate CHF 200,000-400,000.
Royal Oak 25829TP Openwork Perpetual Calendar in platinum and tantalum
A barely extra trendy model of the watch seen above, the current 25829TP is essential given that it exhibits a traditional, but uncommon and fascinating mixture of supplies, with a case manufactured from tantalum, highlighted by platinum accents. Produced in 16 examples solely, this Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in platinum and tantalum has an openworked motion with bissextile year indication and comes with intriguing bluish/gray hues. Estimate CHF 120,000-240,000.
Royal Oak 14802PT Jubilee in platinum
To be able to rejoice the twentieth anniversary of the Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet launched in 1992 the so-called Jubilee collection of watches, marking the comeback of the Royal Oak Jumbo Additional-Skinny after 10 years of absence (for the reason that 5402 was discontinued within the early Eighties). Among the many 1,000 items made for the 20-year assortment, some 700 had been encased in metal, 280 in yellow gold and solely 20 in platinum. A fair decrease variety of the watches had been paired with a so-called blue “Tuscan” dial with particular texture. Estimate CHF 250,000-500,000.
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