In order to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong, the prestigious Swiss watchmaker created a limited series of a stunning jewelry model, demonstrating a breathtaking blend of a classic elegance, high-end luxury and mechanical perfection. Only 100 pieces of the new Millenary QEII Cup 2013 Limited Edition watch will be officially presented at the end of April, alongside with the run of the renowned equestrian event in Hong Kong.
Last year, it was the cushion-shaped model from the Classic collection that commemorated the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. For this year’s jubilee, Audemar Piguet relied on its contemporary line that brings together neo-classical aesthetics and the pure oval form of Coliseum in Rome. The new Millenary QEII Cup 2013 Limited Edition watch goes perfectly in line with the spirit of the prestigious event that takes place each spring at the Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong, gathering royalty and high-class from all over the world.
Its 18-carat white gold case along with its buckles comes adorned with 339 brilliant-cut diamonds, aesthetically arranged in two rows. If you think that this is the most spectacular part of the watch, you are wrong. Not only that its dial features another amazing set of sparkling stones (139 brilliant-cut diamonds, all of which are of Internally Flawless clarity), but also it showcases the great expertise of the brand’s designers.
Composed of the silvered guilloché gold outer part with printed Arabic numerals in different sizes and a diamond-paved off-centered disc with stylish Roman numerals, this exquisite dial represents a modern reinterpretation of the timeless elegance. White gold numerals, as well as central hands are blackened to match a hand-stitched black crocodile leather strap, making a nice contrast with a diamond-set surrounding. The elegant strap comes with a diamond-set 18 karat white gold pin buckle.
The Audemars Piguet Millenary QEII Cup 2013 watch is powered by a Manufacture Calibre 3120 self-winding mechanism. Visible through a sapphire crystal case-back, this great movement oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides up to 60 hours of power reserve.
The sapphire glass features a special “QE II Cup” logo and “Audemars Piguet QE II CUP 2013 – Limited Edition” transfers. This masterpiece of the haute horology will soon be available for the price of HK$680,000 (approximately US $87.590).
The first Queen Elizabeth II Cup was held back in 1975 in order to commemorate a visit to Hong Kong by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Ever since 1999, the famous Swiss watchmaker has been sponsoring this international equestrian circle that brings together top-tier jockeys, horse owners and trainers from around the Globe. The Cup is currently an International Group 1 race with the prize of HK$14 million (US$1,8 million).