|"Royal Oak Concept"
Audemars Piguet,Genève, "Royal Oak Concept", No. 543710, case No. E 88205, Ref. CW 1. Made in a limited
edition of 150 pieces. Production of this reference started in 2002.
Extremely fine, rare and unusual, oversized, tonneau-shaped, water-resistant, Alacrite gentleman's wristwatch with visible oneminute
tourbillon regulator, instantaneous mainspring torque indicator ("Dynamograph"), linear power-reserve indication, crown
function mode push-button and indication, octagonal titanium bezel and a stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp.
Accompanied by the original fitted box and certificate.
|C. Three-body, polished and brushed, case back and bezel secured with 8 hexagonal screws, screwed-down hexagonal winding crown
and push-button to select the crown functions, transparent case back, sapphire crystals. D. Transparent with outermost luminous dots,
subsidiary indicators for the mainspring torque, linear power-reserve, seconds, the winding/neutral/setting functions of the crown, visible
one-minute tourbillon regulator under a matte "serpentine" bridge. Luminous steel baton hands. M. Cal. 2896 with skeletonized titanium
movement bridges, 36 jewels, lateral lever escapement with one-minute tourbillon regulator with 3 equidistant steel arms,
monometallic balance with mean time screws, titanium shock-absorbers, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring.
Dial, case and movement signed.
Dim. 44 x 55 mm. Thickness 19 mm.
Property of a Middle Eastern Collector
|Estimate: 180,000 USD - 220,000 USD
Estimate: 135,000 EUR - 165,000 EUR
|Royal Oak “Concept”
The “Concept” was produced in a limited edition of only 150 watches
- 30 pieces in 2002,
- 60 in 2003,
- 60 in 2004
At the time one of Audemars Piguet’s most complicated watches and most innovative model.
Entirely developed and built by AP’s subsidiary Renaud & Papi, the “CW 1” concept watch celebrates 30 years of “Royal
Oak” history and breaks new ground with its highly unusual technical features: electro-erosion formed titanium shock
absorbers to protect the tourbillon cage; a clutch system with mode pusher and indicator to wind the watch or change the
time; titanium movement plates, which are light yet strong and an innovative linear power reserve indicator, which is calibrated
for the number of turns the barrel makes (one barrel rotation equals circa 6 hours of operation). The watch case is
machined from Alacrite 602, a new super-alloy used in aero-technology and medical applications. It consists of 57%
Cobalt, 31% Chrome, 5% Tungsten and trace amounts of Carbon, Silicon and Iron.
The material is extremely hard (Vickers Rate of 430) and difficult to work with, especially on such a challenging case design
like the “Concept” watch. The CW 1 gives testimony to Audemars Piguet’s horological audacity and impressively highlights
that after 30 years of production the iconic “Royal Oak” still continues to surprise with innovative features both technically
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