On the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary, Antiquorum Auctioneers will auction a special collection of this iconic Audemars Piguet’s model. Being the part of the Antiquorum’s sale of Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces, the commemorative auction of the rare Royal Oaks will be held on May 13, at the Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva.
The renowned Swiss watchmaker has also taken part in the organization of the event, by checking authenticity of each model, in its facilities in Le Brassus. Thus, each timepiece from the collection will be sold with an Audemars Piguet’s certificate of origin.
Expected to be the highlight of the sale, there is an 18 karat White Gold and Diamond Grand Complication model that was produced in 1994, as the one-of-a-kind watch. This breathtaking model with a self-winding mechanism features number of grand complications, such as a minute repeater, a moon phase indicator and a perpetual calendar, indicating weeks. Crafted in white gold and completely set with diamonds, this unique timepiece also possesses a co-axial round button split-seconds chronograph. Its estimated price goes from $650,000 to $1.1 million.
Another rare model that will be auctioned is a 1972 Royal Oak Jumbo “A Series”, No. 88. Bearing the earliest serial number ever to be offered at auction, this stainless steel sport model with a self-winding mechanism is estimated from $16,000 to $20,000.
Furthermore, Antiquorum Auctioneers offers a Royal Oak Jumbo Skeleton watch, produced in 1991. This rare, tonneau shaped model, made of 18 karat yellow gold and powered with a self-winding movement, will be offered with the instruction booklet and the fitted box. Its price goes from $22,000 to $33,000.
The auction will also include a Royal Oak Offshore Automatic “End of Days watch” (No. 343/500) which is estimated from $27,000 to $38,000, a white gold Royal Oak Chronograph Giorgio Armani (No. 001), with the estimated price from $45,000 to $65,000, as well as a Royal Oak Jumbo, retailed by Bulgari, which was the property of the Venezuela’s president Carlos Andres Perez. (Estimated price $33,000 – $45,000.)