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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1996
    Reference No: 25636RP
    Movement No: 391'004
    Case No: D41939 and 14/25
    Model Name: Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuel Automatic
    Material: Pink gold and platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2120/2800, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Pink gold and platinum Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Pink gold and platinum Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch as part of a 25 pieces limited edition and its subsequent sale in 1996

    • Catalogue Essay

      The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has since its very beginning continued to convert - at first slowly, and among more than a raised eyebrow, but with increased momentum since the 1990s - more and more enthusiasts to its cause. In the past year and a half, however, the yearly inflow of new adepts has turned into a true tsunami. Following a pattern similar to the one seen with other sports watches (most notably the Rolex Daytona and the Patek Philippe Nautilus) a few years earlier, the watch collecting community collectively took conscience of both the importance and the scarcity of the iconic Royal Oak, and its variants. Most notably, perpetual calendars Royal Oak timepieces have soared to the top of the collector’s wish-lists, and for good reason. They combine one of the ultimate horological complications with one of the most iconic designs. They are intimately tied with the Royal Oak line, having been realized since the late 1980s (for a comparison, the first perpetual calendar Nautilus appeared on the market in 2018). Their aesthetic appeal is undeniable as is their scarcity. However, within the few pieces made, Audemars Piguet showed remarkable creativity, and produced a number of different variations in terms of case metal and of dial design, as exemplified by the present watch.

      Undeniably one of the most impressive iterations of the perpetual calendar Royal Oak, the present watch features a skeletonized dial - one of the most sought after and attractive dials, allowing the beholder to admire the intricacy of the under-the-dial gears which drive the perpetual calendar - and a two tone, platinum and pink gold case. The aesthetic sensitivity with which the platinum details are arranged within the pink gold overtone is simply mesmerising, granting the watch enviable harmony and movement.

      Number 14 of a 25 pieces edition, and offered in extremely appealing condition, this incredibly rare and attractive timepiece is an occasion not to be missed by any high-end collector.

    • Artist Biography

      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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Ref. 25636RP
A superbly rare and incredibly attractive platinum and pink gold perpetual calendar automatic wristwatch with skeletonized dial, moonphases, and bracelet

1996
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
CHF60,000 - 120,000 
€54,400-109,000
$65,300-131,000

Sold for CHF365,400

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

 

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021