Audemars Piguet Presents the
Audemars Piguet QEII Cup 2014 Royal Oak Offshore Diver Limited Edition
A Perfect Representation of Sports Performance in Haute Horology
March 13, 2014, Hong Kong – This year, the world renowned Swiss Haute Horology brand Audemars Piguet will be collaborating with The Hong Kong Jockey Club for the 16th Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Cup in Hong Kong. In a race that attracts participants from all over the world, up to a HK$14 million winning purse will be offered. To commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup annual international race in Hong Kong, the brand will be 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. Such a masterpiece is the perfect representation of sport performance in Haute Horology and embodies the brand’s philosophy, “To break the rules, you must first master them.”
The highly anticipated 2014 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup will take place on April 27 at the Sha Tin Racecourse. The Selection Announcement will be held on April 9 to reveal the 14 contending horses that will be participating in this international race while on April 24, the Barrier Draw will determine the barrier number of each of the competing horses. On the following day, Audemars Piguet will be hosting the annual Gala Party with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, where the local celebrities, socialites, and representatives from the equestrian circle will gather to celebrate this highly anticipated annual event.
About Queen Elizabeth II Cup
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.
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