Swiss luxury watch manufacture Audemars Piguet celebrates its association with the prestigious Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Cup in Hong Kong by launching a 150-piece Royal Oak Offshore limited edition timepiece. A masterpiece incorporating impeccable craftsmanship and contemporary design, it is the perfect timepiece to mark an important event on the social horse racing calendar, appealing to the sophisticated watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.
Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875 in Le Brassus. Immersed with passion, excellence and innovativeness, the brand has focused on developing high-end timepieces and movements. The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup 2014 Royal Oak Offshore Diver limited edition takes this spirit of innovation to an extreme by presenting the perfect proportion, exquisite craftsmanship and high-technology materials. The octagonal bezel and the “Méga Tapisserie” pattern on the dial are all in line with the Royal Oak Offshore signature characteristics and athletic roots.
The unique combination of the 42mm tantalum case, the 18-carat pink gold bezel and the “large square scale” grey crocodile leather strap create contrasting colours and accentuate the features of this timepiece. Engraved on the sapphire transparent case back is the legend “Audemars Piguet QEII Cup 2014 – Limited Edition” and the “Audemars Piguet QEII Cup” logo.
Through caseback, one can easily admire the 22K oscillating weight and decorations of the 3120 Manufacture Calibre. Each and every component is produced with exquisite craftsmanship and finishing, perfectly showcasing the brand’s commitment in traditional high-end watchmaking. Waterproof to 300m, this piece offers a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour while the movement provides a minimum 60 hours of power reserve to the watch.
The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup, one of the most luxurious equestrian events in the globe is celebrating its 16th anniversary and this year’s event will take place on April 27 at the Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong.
The QEII 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 QEII Cup has evolved into an internationally recognised race, with participants from both local and overseas. Audemars Piguet became the title sponsor of the QEII 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 QEII Cup 2014 Royal Oak Offshore Diver Limited Edition
Limited edition of 150
Manufacture Calibre 3120 Selfwinding Remontage Automatique
Total diameter: 26.60mm
Total thickness: 4.26mm
Number of parts: 280
Number of jewels: 40
Minimum Power reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations / hour
Dive-time measurement, hours, minutes, centre, seconds, date
42mm tantalum case
18-carat pink gold bezel and links
Black rubber-clad screw-locked black ceramic crowns
Glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Caseback engraved with the legend “Audemars Piguet QEII Cup 2014 – Limited Edition” and
“Audemars Piguet QEII Cup” logo
Water-resistant to 300m
Slate grey dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern
Pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands (black minutes hand) with luminescent coating
Slate grey rotating inner bezel with diving scale and zone from 60 to 15 minutes in black
Hand-stitched “large square scale” grey alligator strap with titanium pin buckle
Non-binding Recommended Public Price: HK $239,000 (Approximately 30,838 US Dollars)