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Audemars Piguet Follow Ref. 25854.TI.00.1150TI A fine and rare titanium perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase, bracelet, guarantee, and presentation box 2007 42mm Diameter Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet Year: 2007 Reference No: 25854.TI.00.1150TI Movement No: 561'118 Case No: F02912 Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore Material: Titanium, rubber, stainless steel Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2226/2839 Bracelet/Strap: Titanium Audemars Piguet link bracelet, max overall length 200mm Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet double deployant clasp Dimensions: 42mm Diameter Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed. Accessories: With Audemars Piguet warranty dated January 17, 2008, signed by the Audemars Piguet Boutique New York, wooden battery operated winding presentation box, product literature and outer packaging. Catalogue Essay In response the quartz crisis of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak wristwatch in 1972 as the world’s first stainless steel luxury sports watch with fully integrated bracelet. Designed by famed horologer Gerald Genta, it was a model that revolutionized luxury watches with a monobloc case featuring an octagonal bezel secured by eight hexagonal white gold screws. The watch had a distinctly nautical feel, and with the introduction in 1993 of the Royal Oak Offshore, Audemars Piguet sought to update the iconic Royal Oak with a sporty and even more masculine aesthetic. Stephen Urquhart, then managing director of AP, asked designer Emmanuel Gueit to update the model with a larger version in hopes of attracting a younger, more recreational buyer. Gueit retained the Royal Oak classic design, but the original’s 39mm case diameter was enlarged to a 42mm diameter case, which when released, was referred to as the “Beast”. The new Offshore featured a chronograph and calendar mechanism, along with a prominent rubber gasket sandwiched between the bezel and case, and therban – a type of rubber - coated chronograph pushers and screw down crown. These elements enhanced the nautical theme of the Royal Oak model and over the ensuing years it has often been associated with sailing events. The present watch, featuring a prestigious perpetual calendar and moon phase indication in addition to a chronograph function, remains in excellent, unpolished condition and is offered complete with presentation box and its original guarantee. The grey “petite tapisserie” dial with original luminous hour markers and hands is the essence of the Offshore and makes a wonderful addition to any collection of sports watches. It has a direct historical link back to the original Royal Oak, and is a watch that can be comfortably worn both day and night, at the office or sailing in the Mediterranean during the summertime. Read More Maker Bio Audemars Piguet Swiss • 1881 Follow 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. View More Works
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