In April 2013, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of its association with the Queen Elizabeth II (AP QEII) Cup in Hong Kong, the world renowned Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet will launch a 100-piece Millenary limited edition. A masterpiece incorporating impeccable craftsmanship and contemporary design, the Millenary is the perfect timepiece to mark an important event in the social equestrian calendar for watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.
Audemars Piguet became the title sponsor of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup in 1999, an event that has constantly attracted top-tier jockeys, horse owners and trainers from around the world. As the annual highlight of the international equestrian circle, the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup proudly celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2013. Sharing the same values and visions, Audemars Piguet and the Hong Kong Jockey Club will once again present a highly- anticipated horse racing event.
The Audemars Piguet Millenary QEII Cup 2013 Limited Edition features the collection’s distinctive oval-shaped case. The 18-carat white gold case and buckle are embellished with 339 brilliant-cut diamonds, while the dial is set with 139 brilliant-cut diamonds, all of which are of IF (Internally Flawless) clarity. The silvered guilloché gold dial with printed Arabic numerals is accentuated by a diamond-paved off-centered disc with Roman numerals. Accompanied by blackened steel hands and a hand-stitched black crocodile leather strap, the Audemars Piguet Millenary QEII Cup 2013 Limited Edition is the foremost representation of opulence, exclusivity and elegance.
In honour of the 15 years of sponsorship, Audemars Piguet has planned a series of activities to unfold in April for this important milestone: on April 11, the Selections Announcement of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup will be held to announce the 14 runners. It will be followed by the Barrier Draw that will take place on April 25, where the horse representatives will draw their stall number. Then on April 26, Audemars Piguet will host a gala party in partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which promises to be a memorable gala event with horse owners, jockeys, celebrities and distinguished guests. Last but not least, the much awaited Queen Elizabeth II Cup race will take place on April 28 at the Sha Tin Racecourse.
About Queen Elizabeth Cup
The Queen Elizabeth II Cup race was established in 1975 to commemorate the visit of the Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip to Hong Kong. The race is traditionally run in the spring season and has become one of the most important social events in Hong Kong since then. Over the years, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup has evolved into an internationally recognised race, with participants from both local and overseas. Audemars Piguet became the title sponsor of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup since 1999, which is now an International Group 1 race and stands prominent in the racing firmament, currently offering a purse of HK$14 million.
Model: Audemars Piguet Millenary QEII Cup 2013 Limited Edition
Reference number: 15336BC.ZZ.D102CR.01
Limited edition of 100 pieces
Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 3120
Power reserve: up to 60 hours
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Hours, minutes, centre seconds
18-carat white gold and diamond-set case
Glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback engraved with “QE II Cup” logo and the legend “Audemars Piguet QE II CUP 2013 – Limited Edition”
Water-resistance: 20 m
Silvered guilloché gold dial, printed Arabic numerals
White gold applied Roman numerals
Diamond-paved off-centered disc
Blackened steel hands
Hand-stitched “large square scale” black crocodile leather strap with diamond-set 18-carat White gold pin buckle
339 brilliant-cut diamonds: approx. 3.44 carats (case, buckle)
139 diamonds: approx. 0.39 carat (dial)