Audemars Piguet - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 25820SP
    Movement No: 550'131
    Case No: F77752, 0382
    Model Name: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
    Material: Stainless steel and platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2120/2802, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel and platinum Audemars Piguet integrated bracelet stamped "L" to the endlinks, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet undated Guarantee booklet stamped by Audemars Piguet (UK) and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1996 and in production until 2013, reference 25820 was made in a total of 1235 pieces including 378 pieces in stainless steel and platinum like the present example. It marked the introduction of the leap year indication on Royal Oak perpetual calendar models.

    The aesthetic impact of this breathtaking perpetual calendar Royal Oak is entrusted to the combination of its black dial and mirror-polished platinum bezel and platinum bracelet links. While normally the Royal Oak bezel is satin-finished like most of the rest of the case, some rare examples - usually, but not exclusively, featuring platinum bezels such as in this instance - present this unusual mirror polishing. While it might sound as a simple detail, in fact this tweak changes dramatically the look of the piece. In this instance, the glimmer of the polished bezel is mirrored by the silvered chapter rings of the subsidiary counters. The final result is an ode to sporty elegance.

    Offered in excellent condition and complete of its original Guarantee booklet and box, this timepiece is as easily wearable as it is enormously charming. A true classic destined to be as appealing and relevant in 50 years as it is today.

  • 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. 25820SP
An outstanding, massive and extremely attractive stainless steel and platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with moonphases, bracelet, guarantee and box

Circa 2005
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF126,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022