A very fine and extremely rare yellow gold minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, calendar week and leap year indicator

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: 25806 BA
    Movement No: 415'438
    Case No: E11169
    Model Name: Grande Complication
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 2885, 52 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Audemars Piguet crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Audemars Piguet folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin, product literature, leather wallet and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    At Audemars Piguet, for a watch to carry the 'Grand Complication' name, it must include a minute repeater, perpetual calendar and split seconds chronograph. Since the firm's founding, not a year has passed when they have not made at least one grand complication.

    It was in 1995, Audemars Piguet unveiled the Grand Complication wristwatch with automatic winding and indication of the calendar week. After years of research and development, the Grand Complication was launched in a Jules Audemars case and made in platinum. Each Grand Complication was made by special order only and requires 600 to 700 hours of work.

    Presented in exceptional condition, this Grand Complication is a beautiful and exquisite example of how serious Audemars Piguet take it when manufacturing their most complicated watches.

  • Maker Bio

    Audemars Piguet

    Swiss • 1881

    A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. This Le Brassus-based Swiss manufacturer is one of only two major manufacturers still owned by the founding family. Since its earliest days, AP is considered a leader in the field of minute repeaters and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand is devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcased at their superb museum in Le Brassus.


    Today, the brand is best known for its Royal Oak models, a revolutionary luxury sports watch launched in 1972. Other key models include early minute repeating wristwatches, vintage chronograph wristwatches, such as the oversized reference 5020, perpetual calendar watches and the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993.

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Property of a Distinguished Asian Gentleman

Ref. 25806 BA
A very fine and extremely rare yellow gold minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, calendar week and leap year indicator

愛彼,非常精細及罕有,18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,配三問、萬年曆、追針計時功能、52星期、月相及閏年顯示,“Grande Complication”,型號25806 BA,約2001年製

Circa 2001
42 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$1,000,000 - 2,000,000 
€120,000-241,000
$125,000-250,000

Contact Specialist
Sam Hines
Deputy Chairman, Asia and International Head of Watches
++852 6773 9315 shines@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017