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Gérald Genta

Original prototype design of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with accompanying NFT Circa 1972

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Gérald Genta

Gérald Genta

Original prototype design of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with accompanying NFT Circa 1972

Original prototype design of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with accompanying NFT Circa 1972

Gérald Genta


Original prototype design of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with accompanying NFT

Circa 1972


Medium: watercolour on paper

Dimensions: 210 x 147 mm

Signed: yes

Numbered: N/A


Brand: Audemars Piguet

Model: Royal Oak

Complication: date

Remark: prototype design


Accompanied by: design in the form of a NFT, digital certificate in the form of a NFT and authentication certificate

This work is in very good condition. The paper support is flat and stable. Signs of abrasions along the four edges and corners. The bottom right corner slightly dog-eared. One light folding mark on the bottom left edge visible. Scattered and rare imprints inherent to the making of various intensity visible on the background, not impacting the aesthetical quality of the work. To be noticed two superficial abrasions on the bottom right corner next to the signature. Technique in very good condition. Close inspection reveals no signs of paint lifting or losses. Colors are bright and well-contrasted.


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Developed during the quartz crisis which strongly hit the Swiss watch industry in the late 1960s and beginning of the 1970s, the Royal Oak revolutionized the industry and created a new category: 'stainless steel sports watches'. The novelty coincided with the tendency for less ostentatious watches as the focus had shifted towards understatement and quality. The Royal Oak was an all-purpose watch that was the perfect fit for different occasions, ranging from daily use to formal occasions.  


Inspired by the look of a diving-suit helmet, the monobloc case along with the octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet, create an aesthetically appealing design that makes this watch such an emblematic model which is sought after by collectors everywhere. 


Sotheby's is extremely pleased to offer the watercolour painting of the original prototype design by Gérald Genta, which includes all features and characteristics that will become so emblematic for the model. Beautifully crafted on blue paper and signed by the artist himself, this lot encompasses both beauty and historic importance.