Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 18, 2022

LOT 128

Audemars Piguet.
Ref. 258601s, Automatic, Royal Oak, City Of Sails Limited Edition 300 Pieces, Yves Klein Blue Dial, Titanium

EUR 35,000 - 70,000

USD 39,600 - 80,000 / HKD 310,000 - 620,000 / CHF 36,400 - 73,000

Sold: EUR 70,200

Very fine and rare limited-edition, Titanium chronograph wristwatch with date. Polished and brushed case, three-position crown, and two push-pieces chronograph. Octagonal bezel and caseback secured by 8 screws. special case back, engraved with the City of Sails script and a mention of a limited edition of 300 pieces, launched to celebrate the Be Happy sailing team in the 2000 edition of the Auckland race. Unusual blue Klein dial with "Grande Tapisserie" pattern, yellow luminous baton hour indexes, subsidiary dials for the 12 hours at 3 o'clock, the seconds at 6 o'clock and the 30 minutes register at 3 o'clock, aperture for the date between 4 and 5 o’clock, outer minutes divisions. White central chronograph hand, luminous yellow baton hands.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Audemars Piguet, Le Brassus (Vallée de Joux)

Model Royal Oak City of Sails

Reference 258601S.OO.1110IS.01

Year Circa 2005

Movement No. 471231

Case No. E28889

Bracelet Titanium Audemars Piguet bracelet and folding clasp approx. length 160 mm.

Caliber 2385

Dimensions 41 mm.

Weight 119,2 gr. (approx.)

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Box and Certificate of Origin


Audemars Piguet has history with the sailing world. Indeed the Royal Oak, designed in 1972, is its emblematic sports-luxury wristwatch. The present timepiece is part of a limited edition of 300 pieces launched to celebrate the Be Happy sailing team in the 2000 edition of the Auckland race. The strong point of this legendary chronograph variation is the use of titanium which is lighter than stainless steel. This metal is more difficult to work with, especially to design an octagonal case showcasing sharp angles. The dial clearly has a unique flair, displaying an electric blue tapisserie color as an homage to the seabed. Collectors called it “Yves Klein” blue, after the famous painter. Such history with the sailing race world will continue with the famous Royal Oak Alinghi first produced in 2005 and then with the Royal Oak Off-Shore launched in 2007.