Back in 2006, Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II in Istanbul, Turkey and 11 years later, this stunning timepiece is still one of the biggest AP grails of all time. Considered a true rare bird, the AP Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II in platinum ref. 26078PO.OO.D018CR.01 is simply one of the most exceptional watches out there, that exudes power and commands respect for whom wears one. While the titanium and 18K rose gold models we featured previously are huge favorites among watch collectors, the platinum version of which only 150 pieces were made is the most special one. With only 150 examples ever produced, the rarity and collectability of this watch is up the roof.
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Released in three different metals, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II a.k.a. AP RBII was produced in the following quantities: 150 in 950 platinum, 500 in 18K rose gold and 1,000 pieces in Titanium. Of course when it comes to the RBII, the platinum Rubens Barrichello II and the Rubens Barrichello III in 18K rose gold are the ultimate grails.
With a 42 mm case that wears way bigger than that and more like a 44 mm case, the watch is strongly inspired by Formula One racing and that is something clearly visible throughout the different components of this watch. From the wheel-shaped case back with black ceramic inlay secured by engine hex screws to the pushers shaped like air-extractors, a cogwheel-shaped crown, pedal-shaped plots and a ceramic bezel in the shape of a ventilated brake disc, the Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II in platinum is the ultimate racing inspired luxury timepiece with a strikingly beautiful blue dial.
Featuring a partially openworked dial with the 'Méga Tapisserie Racing' pattern and a white and blue color combination, this watch is for sure one of the most appealing timepieces ever released by Audemars Piguet.
Equipped with a dark blue alligator leather strap made of very supple leather, the strap doesn't feature the typical hornback that characterize AP Royal Oak Offshores.
Considered one of the fifteen most iconic watches by Audemars Piguet, this watch is a true grail piece and a rare bird in all the sense of the word. If you find one, expect to pay anywhere between $90,000-110,000 USD based on the availability of box and papers and the overall condition of the watch.
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