The Open Championship, one of the four golfing majors is being played between July 15th–18th at Royal St. George's Golf Course (a spectacular course) sees the world’s best go head-to-head fighting over a purse of $10,750,000. Now, the only way we felt we could honour the championship was to share an incredibly special watch that comes with more than just box and papers!
Nick Faldo, a professional English golfer was one of the greats. He ranked number one on the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 97 weeks. His 41 professional wins include 30 victories on the European Tour and six major championships: the 1987 Open Championship, the 1989 Masters, the 1990 Masters, the 1990 Open Championship, the 1992 Open Championship and the 1996 Masters Tournament.
Now we know AP are the kings of limited editions – but few have ever been as good as this one! The first model which was released in 1992, was the reference 14790 - a rose gold Royal Oak limited to 325 pieces. In 1997, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Nick Faldo edition ref.15090 which was limited to 150 pieces in stainless steel. Last not but least, and probably the most recognizable Nick Faldo edition, is the 2002 Royal Oak ref. 15190, limited to 450 pieces (this refence features a platinum bezel). It is interesting to see Richard Mille have followed this tradition with Bubba Watson. When you pick up his watch from Richard Mille, you also get a signed pink driver. AP were first though – and that’s all that matters in sport!
This special limited-edition example we have here, the 15190SP.OO.0789ST is in very good condition and appears to have been adored by its previous owner. The black dial is clean and sharp with contrasting Arabic white numbers and the matching hands are beautiful. The bracelet has minimal stretch and is free from any scratches and wear. The Platinum bezel ring and sapphire glass are free of any dings or scratches and enhance the overall appearance - oh, and it also comes with manuals, guarantee and the golf bag and irons. For the golf lover, it simply doesn’t get any better!