Audemars Piguet - RETROSPECTIVE: 2000 - 2020 Geneva Sunday, November 8, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2019
    Reference No: 26574ST
    Case No: K25610
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 5134, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Royal Oak bracelet measuring 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel AP deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet fitted box, watch winder, outer packaging, Warranty card, product literature, hang tag, setting pin, extra links and a set of Royal Oak cuff links

  • Catalogue Essay

    Does the Royal Oak still need an introduction? For close to 50 years it has been a symbol of audacity, suave coolness and innovation.

    Not only was it the first luxury sports watch but in 1982, 10 years after its launch it was offered with a perpetual calendar making it the very first sports watch with a complication. 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.

    Today the Royal Oak is available with a multitude of complications including the tourbillon, minute repeater etc..

    One of the latest additions to the Royal Oak family is the present perpetual calendar in steel with a 41mm steel case.A new case needed a new movement and Audemars Piguet developed the caliber 5134 which is based on the extra slim caliber 2120 found in the original Royal Oak A Series. While the movement is larger to fit the larger case it remains relatively slim for greater ease of wear. This timepiece features an extra complication with the addition of a 52 week calendar indication.

    The beautiful dial definitely benefits from the enlargement of the case as it is not only more legible but the contrast between the tapisserie dial, brushed surfaces and the indexes adds incredible oomph to the overall aesthetics, the icing on the case comes with the beautiful moonphase display representing a photorealistic moon on a lapis background representing a starry sky.

    In unworn condition, coming full set with box, winder, paperwork, and extra links the watch is further offered by a beautiful set of Royal Oak cufflinks that would perfectly complement the watch.

  • 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. 26574ST
An unworn, rare and very attractive stainless steel perpetual calendar wristwatch with bracelet, moonphases, week indicator, warranty, presentation box and extra set of cufflinks

41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF25,000 - 45,000 

Sold for CHF94,500

Contact Specialist

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

41 79 637 1724


Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

RETROSPECTIVE: 2000 - 2020

Geneva Auction 8 November 2020