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    Sale 2627

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    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3452

    AUDMEMARS PIGUET, "ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE ALINGHI TEAM"

    PINK GOLD AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE DISPLAY AND REGATTA COUNTDOWN, BEZEL MADE OF FORGED CARBON, LIMITED EDITION OF 600 EXAMPLES IN HONOUR OF ALINGHI TEAM'S NEW SAILBOAT FOR THE 32ND AMERICA'S CUP

    NO. 586/600, MANUFACTURED IN 2007

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    AUDMEMARS PIGUET, "ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE ALINGHI TEAM"

    PINK GOLD AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE DISPLAY AND REGATTA COUNTDOWN, BEZEL MADE OF FORGED CARBON, LIMITED EDITION OF 600 EXAMPLES IN HONOUR OF ALINGHI TEAM'S NEW SAILBOAT FOR THE 32ND AMERICA'S CUP
    NO. 586/600, MANUFACTURED IN 2007

    Calibre 2326/2848, 50 jewels, variable inertia balance, 21k gold rotor, lacquered textured black dial with "Mega Tapisserie" pattern, engine-turned periphery, Alinghi logo at 3 o'clock, two recessed engine-turned subdials for minute and hour counters, aperture for the regatta countdown, three-part case in 18k pink gold, polished and satined, oversized, forged carbon bezel, engraved case back fastened by eight screws, 18k pink gold AP buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Dimensions: 50 x 55.5 mm.


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    US$31,000-50,000
    EUR24,000-38,000

    Accompanied by Audemars Piguet special presentation box and certificates.

    In 2002, Audemars Piguet joined forces with Ernesto Bertarelli to support the Alinghi Team from Switzerland. At the end of the Louis Vuitton Cup regattas, the Alinghi sailboat won the Challenger title and earned the right to face the New Zealand team in the 31st America's Cup. On 2nd March 2003, Alinghi crossed the finish line to win the Cup. Since then, Audemars Piguet has renewed its sponsorship of the Alinghi team.

    To celebrate the anniversary of Alinghi's victory and the now legendary sailboat for the 32nd America's Cup, Audemars Piguet in 2007 issued a new chronograph, the Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team. The watchmakers at Le Brassus chose an innovative material to case the new timepiece that is a complete novelty in watchmaking - forged carbon, worked by the in-house forged carbon team using a process borrowed from the aeronautics industry.

    Developed with excellent shock resistance, the Alinghi Team Chronograph embodies the alliance between the worlds of competitive sailing and luxury watchmaking. Designed with America's Cup regattas in mind, the timepiece has a flyback chronograph with 10-minute countdown function, both in keeping with the 11-minute race start rule. The dial reflects many elements of the nautical world - the Alinghi logo, bright red accents, and the counter hands shaped like the prow of a ship.

    The Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team Chronograph is limited to 2,007 examples - 1,300 entirely in forged carbon, 600 in pink gold with forged carbon bezel and 107 examples in platinum with forged carbon bezel.

    Saleroom Notice

    The estimates of the present watch should read as follows:
    HKD 240,000-300,000 USD 30,000-38,000 EUR 23,000-29,000