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April 2, 2013 8:29:00 AM BST

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore PRIDE OF SIAM Limited Edition

The renowned Swiss watch Manufacture from the Vallée de Joux Audemars Piguet and the PMT The Hour Glass, Thailand’s leading retailer of specialist timepieces and Audemars Piguet’s distributor, hosted an elegant event in light of the unveiling of the Royal Oak Offshore chronograph PRIDE OF SIAM at Zuma, The St. Regis Bangkok on the evening of April 2nd, 2013.

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Audemars Piguet created the “Pride limited editions” representing the heritage, arts and tradition of a country by engraving an iconic symbol on the case back of the timepiece. Previous Prides include the Pride of Argentina - a tribute to the Bicentenary of Argentina bearing the engraving of the Cabildo de Bueno Aires. The Pride of Russia has the engraving of the Russian Imperial emblem of the two-headed crowned eagle, a symbol of nationalistic pride and unity while the Pride of China has The Great Wall of China engraved also known as one of the seven wonders of the world.


Pride of Thailand pays homage to a national symbol, that of the Royal White Elephant also appearing on Thailand’s national flag. A limited edition of 100 pieces, the Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Siam is represents a timepiece of an auspicious and rare beauty.

The elegance of the new Pride timepiece is presented through the octagonal sporty case while its white colour sets the tone for the chronograph. Blending a stainless steel case with a white ceramic bezel, the Royal Oak Offshore displays a silver dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern. The case back engraved with the exquisite white royal in the centre and the legend “Pride of Siam Limited Edition”. Bound on a hand-stitched white crocodile strap with gold thread, the timepiece is also accompanied by an additional white rubber strap.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Oliviero Bottinelli Managing Director of Audemars Piguet Asia said, “For more than a decade, Audemars Piguet has gained a lot of support from Thai customers. We are happy to create this exclusive timepiece engraving it with Thailand’s royal white elephant to honour this beautiful country.

Audemars Piguet has been actively involved in supporting this sacred animal by participating in the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo as the main sponsor, organised by Anantara Group. As part of our continuing efforts in Thailand, we donated the Pride of Siam No 9 to the St Regis Charity Culinary Gala Auction. We are delighted that the piece fetched 2 million baht for the beneficiaries of HM Queen Sirikit’s Support Foundation.”

Mr Narun Thamavaranukup, Managing Director of PMT The Hour Glass added, “it is a big honour for the PMT The Hour Glass to have the chance to be part of this special project for Thailand and also for all watch enthusiasts and collectors. I am adamant that the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Siam will be one of the most sought after timepiece among Thai collectors. As Audemars Piguet’s distributor I believe that Thailand’s Pride of Siam limited edition perfectly captures the spirit of our country and will be an asset for any watch collection.”

The launch event organised by Audemars Piguet and The Hour Glass transported guests to the world of Himabhan Forest adorned with the impressive half-bird half -woman creature from Thai mythology. The evening’s highlight was the unveiling of the Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Siam by Bird – Lt.Col. Wanchana Sawatdee, a popular actor from the King Naresuan films together with Mr Oliviero Bottinelli and Mr Narun Thamavaranukup. Guests, watch collectors as well as local celebrities such as Bill Heinecke, Sonia Couling and Ravit Tuetvongse enjoyed an evening of entertainment from the talented singer Keng – Thachaya Prathumwan, the 1st runner up of The Voice Thailand.

The Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Siam exclusively at PMT The Hour Glass, M fl. Of Siam Shopping centre – Tel 02 -129-4777 and 2nd fl. Of Gayson Shopping Centre – Tel 02-656-1212.

Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Siam

Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 3126/3840

Movement

Total Diameter: 29.92mm
Thickness: 7.16mm
Number of jewels: 59
Number of parts: 365
Power Reserve: 55hrs

Function

Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, date

Case

Stainless steel case, glareproofed sapphire crystal caseback engraved with the legend “Pride of Siam – Limited Edition” and an elephant in the center, white ceramic bezel, white rubber clad screw-locked crown and pushpieces, water resistant to 100m

Dial

Silvered dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, silvered counters, pink gold pplied hour markers and Royal Oak hands with white luminescent coating, silvered flange.

Bracelet

Hand stitched “hornback” white crocodile strap with gold-color stitching and stainless steel AP folding clasp. Additional white rubber strap