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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph City of Sails Alinghi Limited Edition

http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/audemars-piguet The Audemars Piguet Alinghi series of America's Cup tributes is a legendary tradition among watch collectors. This 2003 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph City of Sails limited edition represents the first of that distinguished - and exclusive - line. As one of only 1,250 pieces built in stainless steel this City of Sails limited edition pays equal tribute to the victorious 2003 Alinghi America's Cup syndicate and its host, Auckland, New Zealand. The City of Sails itself served as the backdrop for Alinghi's victory as challenge in the 31st America's Cup. Unique Alinghi team graphics animate a dial that's beautifully distinct from any others in the Audemars Piguet historic catalog. While Royal Oak Offshore limited editions seemed to explode in number and variety during the 2000s, the Royal Oak Chronograph has seen far fewer variations; the imposing black, grey, white, and red dial of the Alinghi City of Sails ranks among the most memorable of this select group. Inside the hand-finished Audemars Piguet case, a thin and fine Audemars Piguet caliber 2385 automatic chronograph keeps the beat at 21,600 VpH. Its 42-hour power reserve is energized by the superior efficiency of unidirectional winding action. A column wheel function selector ensures crisp tactile response while the vertical clutch engagement assures smooth stop, start, and resetting action. A true modern classic, the finely finished and brilliantly engineered F2385 derives from the Frederic Piguet 1185 automatic chronograph calibers, and variants have seen service with haut-de-gamme heavyweights including Breguet, Blancpain, and Vacheron Constantin. See this handsome emerging classic, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph City of Sails Alinghi limited edition, in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso