968. Audemars Piguet A fne and rare tantalum and pink gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, bracelet and original hang tag 愛彼， 「皇家橡樹」型號14486TR，罕有及精細，鉭金屬和18K玫瑰金自動 上弦鏈帶腕錶，配中心秒針和日期顯示，1991年製。附配件和後補證書
Audemars Piguet 1991
Reference No. Movement No. Case No. Model Name Material
14486TR 330’552 C69’428 Royal Oak Tantalum and 18K pink gold Calibre Automatic, cal. 2123, 33 jewels Bracelet/Strap Tantalum and 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 180mm Clasp/Buckle Tantalum and 18K pink gold Audemars Piguet concealed folding deployant clasp Dimensions 36mm Diameter Signed Case, dial and movement signed Estimate
HKD 40,000-80,000 USD 5,100-10,300 Accessories With original hang tag stamped with numbers of the watch. Further delivered with Extract from the Archives confrming production of the present watch in 1991 and its subsequent sale on February 28, 1991 to Hong Kong.
Audemars Piguet was the frst brand to feature Tantalum in a high luxury watch. Tantalum is a rare, hard and lustrous metal, which exhibits an alluring dark and modish luster. Tantalum is rarely used in watchmaking as it is extremely difcult to work with. Very high temperatures are needed for tantalum to be adapted, and once it has been formed it is highly corrosion-resistant and extremely durable. According to our research, Audemars Piguet pioneered their frst tantalum watch at the behest of King Juan Carlos of Spain, who wanted a Royal Oak that has a stealthy tone. Aesthetically speaking, the present watch has an alluring appeal which would not be an overstatement to be called one of the most stunning Royal Oak iterations. With a beautiful grey dial, 18K pink gold bezel and accents, the present timepiece impeccably epitomizes the union of unmissable good look and sublime technical expertise. The case back of the present watch is engraved No. 129, suggesting it was the 129th example made in this confguration.
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