Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, donated four Audemars Piguet Royal Oak hollowe out large complication watches for charity auction in support of One Drop and the Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco Swiss luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet announced that four Royal Oak hollowed out grand complication watches donated by Guy Laliberté, founder of One Drop, Cirque du Soleil and Lune Rouge, will be sold by Phillips on December 12, 2020 (Phillips Auction House) as auction items in the TIME COUNTS auction event. The unprecedented luxury lot lineup also includes the Royal Oak series of “JUMBO” ultra-thin watches, autographed by Prince Albert II of Monaco (H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco). The net income from the auction project will be donated to One Drop Foundation and Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco to support global water conservation, environmental protection issues, and various vulnerable communities in urgent need of assistance.
These 44mm Royal Oak Skeleton Series watches were manufactured between 2007 and 2010. They also incorporate three exquisite horological complications: super timekeeping, perpetual calendar and double split-second chronograph. These precision functions are from Audemars Piguet At the beginning of its establishment, it defined the core essence of the grand complication watch. The 2885 movement contained 648 parts, which was carefully modified and assembled by only a watchmaker, and lasted more than 8 months. Only about 10 large complication watches are born every year in Audemars Piguet’s workshops, and they can be called the noble venerables in the watch industry.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton Grand Complication Watch
Model 26065ST.OO.D088CR.01, stainless steel case, diameter 44 mm, sapphire dial, super interrogation function, perpetual calendar, moon phase display, leap year, week number indicator, chronograph, double split-second chronograph , 2885 self-winding movement, power storage for at least 45 hours, sapphire crystal glass mirror and back cover, water resistance 20 meters, hand-sewn “big square grid pattern” brown alligator leather strap, with stainless steel AP folding buckle.
Original 2885 automatic winding movement, diameter 31.6 mm (14 lignes), thickness 8.55 mm, number of jewels 52, number of parts 548, minimum guaranteed endurance 45 hours, balance frequency 2.75 Hz (19,800 cycles/hour).
Through the sapphire dial and case back, you can directly see the complex skeleton mechanism that the watch is proud of. Since the 1930s, the hollow body has become a signature feature of Audemars Piguet. When a well-trained expert builds a movement, he will start from the final stage of the design and adopt a reverse working mode. Must be proficient in watchmaking craftsmanship and have a deep understanding of materials and refined decoration craftsmanship in order to master this art that combines aesthetics and functionality.
“These four classic styles represent the first Royal Oak hollowed out grand complication watch, and the corresponding “N°1″ is also engraved on the case back. For the watchmaker, it is possible to witness and repair these personally. A timeless masterpiece is undoubtedly a kind of enjoyment and honor.”
Grand complication watches are equipped with different hand-made cases, which are made of stainless steel, 18K yellow gold, rose gold or white gold. The ingenious arrangement of interweaving satin brushed and polished surfaces highlights the structure of the Royal Oak case. Finally, match the hand-stitched brown or black crocodile leather strap with large grid scales to add texture.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton Grand Complication Watch
Model 26065OR.OO.D088CR.01, 18K rose gold case, 44 mm diameter, sapphire dial, super interrogation function, perpetual calendar, moon phase display, leap year, week number indicator, chronograph, double split-second chronograph Chronograph, 2885 automatic winding movement, power storage for at least 45 hours, sapphire crystal glass mirror and back cover, water resistance to 20 meters, hand-sewn “big square grid pattern” brown alligator leather strap, with 18K rose gold AP Folding clasp with lettering.
In addition to these rare large complication watches, TIME COUNTS also launched an aspiring 39mm Royal Oak series stainless steel “JUMBO” ultra-thin watch, reminiscent of the original Royal Oak designed by Gérald Genta in 1972 Style, subverted the tradition and stereotypes of the time. This watch retains the main original features, including the octagonal bezel, which is fixed to the case with 8 visible hexagonal screws, the multi-faceted one-piece strap, the links decrease in size, and the blue “Petite Tapisserie” plaid decorated dial. The elegant hand-made stainless steel case of the watch is finished with Audemars Piguet’s signature polish and satin finish.
The Oak series “JUMBO” ultra-thin watch is driven by the classic 2121 movement, and when it was launched in 1970, it became the thinnest self-winding movement in history. Different from the original style, this watch is equipped with a sapphire back cover, you can enjoy some mechanical devices and a special automatic disc of 22 K gold. The case back is engraved with elegant writing, autographed by the Prince Albert II of Monaco (H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco).
“We are honored to witness that four Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grand Complications and a Royal Oak “JUMBO” ultra-thin watch generously responded to the One Drop Foundation and Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco to actively promote the front all over the world. The long-term impact of ensuring a safe supply of water for people’s livelihood and the implementation of environmental protection missions also echo our core beliefs, and at the same time complement the mission of the Audemars Piguet Foundation. We must take action together to truly help disadvantaged communities, especially at the moment During the global crisis, this is even more urgent.”