Sotheby’s Auction Sells Gerald Genta’s 1978 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak For $2.12 Million

A piece of luxury timepiece history sells to a lucky new owner.

Since its initial announcement from the luxury auction specialists at Sotheby’s, the Gerald Genta portion of the Important Watches: Part 1 Collection drew the anticipation and excitement from watch collectors around the world. As part of a series of original Patek Philippe drawings and mock-ups, the auction included a 1978 Audemars Piguet Royal ‘Jumbo’ Ref. 5402 owned by the world-renowned watch designer. Gerald Genta is known for blessing the wonderful world of watches with iconic models like Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Patek Philippe Nautilus, IWC Ingenieur, Cartier Pasha, and many more.

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The watch declared ‘Genta’s Jumbo Royal Oak’ features a stainless-steel design with an 18k yellow gold fixed bezel. Being one of the earliest versions of the now highly-sought-after Royal Oak collection, this examples showcases pioneering design aspects from the Anthracite Tapisserie dial to its stainless-steel flat link bracelet. After an intense battle of bidding, Sotheby’s announced the sale of the exquisite piece of timepiece history for an astonishing $2,121,812. The personal Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ of Gerald Genta holds a significant amount of history, as he remains one of the most influential individuals in the world of horology. Check back into duPont REGISTRY for more upcoming luxury watch news and releases.


Source: Sotheby’s

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