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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2004
    Reference No: 25829PT
    Movement No: 592'598
    Case No: E94850 -106
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic cal. 2120/2802SQ, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet winding box, Warranty and Authentification Certificate dated 19 August 2004, Audemars Piguet Certificate of Authenticity and product literature.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The stunningly stealth looks and hefty wrist presence of the present platinum reference 25829 is sure to please the most demanding of collectors.

    The Royal Oak has been an incredible experimentation laboratory for Audemars Piguet who not only created a horological genre with the first Royal Oak in 1972 but created many world premières within this collection.

    In 1982, exactly 10 years after its launch, the Royal Oak was presented with a perpetual calendar, not only a rare complication at the time as very few brands were still producing them but the audacity of housing this delicate complication in a steel sports watch was mind boggling. Soon after, Audemars Piguet merged its technical know how with its artistic dexterity by presenting a perpetual calendar Royal Oak with an open work movement, once again demonstrating the brand’s ability to think out of the box.

    It was not until the mid 1990s that the caliber 2120/2800 housed within the Royal Oak perpetual calendar models was upgraded to feature a leap year indicator placed within the months’ subdial at 12 o’clock, resulting in a change of the caliber reference to 2120/2802.

    In the 1990s, the firm released reference 25829, a skeleton perpetual calendar upgraded with a leap year indication on the 12 o’clock register. The model was released with several variants including examples in stainless steel, yellow gold, pink gold, platinum like the present example or a mix thereof.

    The present example is part of an ultra exclusive production made in platinum with full platinum case, bezel and bracelet giving the watch an incredibly pleasing heft.

    The present Ref. 25829 ticks all the boxes that attract collectors thus making it one of the most collectible complicated Royal Oak executions: ultimate rarity in an incredible condition, superb mix of an iconic design with a beloved complication and artistic mastery, all presented in a luxurious metal and accompanied by a full set of accessories.

  • 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. 25829PT
An incredibly attractive, hefty platinum skeletonized perpetual calendar wristwatch with moonphases, bracelet, presentation box and guarantee

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF390,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021