Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.

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Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

173 Audemars Piguet Ultra Rare and Very Well-Preserved, Royal Oak, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Aventurine Dial, With Extract From the Archives, Reference 14812BA

Estimate: € 50,000 –⁠ 100,000

Sold € 66,300

Model: Royal Oak
Reference: 14812BA
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1996
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 2225
Case N°: D60720
Movement N°: 426293
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Extract from the Archives

When hearing the name Audemars Piguet, thoughts immediately go to the legendary Royal Oak. Iconic as very few other models have been in the history of horology, it is the umpteenth creation of the immortal designer Gerald Genta. Released around 1995, Audemars officially introduced the reference 14 812, such as the present lot in an ultra elusive edition featuring stone dials. The present example is absolutely remarkable for its conservation: the whole bracelet and clasp in yellow gold are in excellent conditions and also the back still presents the case number engraved very crisp. The case and the immediately recognizable bezel are still maintaining their original proportions. The dial is exquisitely uncommon fitted with hardstone aventurine that was “discovered” by accident by Italian glassblowers in Venice in the 18th century. Aventurine glass is made using a red ruby glass transparent copper and a purpurin glass, ranging from brown to deep red. It is decorated with diamond-set indexes and the AP logo at 12, while at 3 o’clock is located at the date window. Offered with the extract from the archives, the present lot is a lavish example of one of the most appreciated models ever produced and apparently one of only less than 5 produced.