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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 28

    Audemars Piguet. A fine, rare and large titanium and ceramic limited edition automatic chronograph wristwatch with date, Certificate and box

    SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET, ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE RUBENS BARRICHELLO II MODEL, REF. 26078IO, LIMITED EDITION NO. 0856/1000, MOVEMENT NO. 644'655, CASE NO. F73251, CIRCA 2007

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    Audemars Piguet. A fine, rare and large titanium and ceramic limited edition automatic chronograph wristwatch with date, Certificate and box
    Signed Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II model, ref. 26078IO, limited edition no. 0856/1000, movement no. 644'655, case no. F73251, circa 2007
    Cal. 2326/2840 automatic movement, 50 jewels, black semi-skeletonized dial, applied luminous dagger numerals, luminous hands, outer tachymetre scale graduated to 300 units per hour on white raised sloped track, three silvered engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, magnified window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black ceramic bezel secured by eight screws, back secured by eight screws and engraved “Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition, Rubens Barrichello” and with stylized RB monogram, screw down crown, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, titanium Audemars Piguet deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. width


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    With Audemars Piguet Warranty and Authentication Certificate stamped by Hong Kong retailer Carlson Watch Co. Ltd. and dated 21 July 2008, product literature, fitted leather presentation box and outer packaging.

    Constantly searching for precision and performance, the alliance between racing driver Rubens Barrichello and Audemars Piguet arose naturally. By crafting the present chronographs with innovative and highly resistant materials, the link between the timepieces and Formula One is clear.

    Born in 1972, Brazilian pilot Rubens Barrichello became a predominant figure of Formula One. Although Rubens encountered difficult first seasons when driving for the Jordan team, many quickly recognized his potential and acute driving skills. During the Formula One season of 1994, Barrichello was devastated by the fatal accident of Ayrton Senna and became the leading Brazilian racing driver in the championship. With his gathered experience and solid performances, Rubens joined Ferrari in 2000, where he partnered up with the renowned Michael Schumacher. During his years at Ferrari, Barrichello was able to get multiple podiums and dedicated his first win to Ayrton Senna. Throughout his career, Barrichello gathered impressive victories and performance, imposing himself as one of the most experienced F1 driver of all time.

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