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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1997
    Reference No: 25800BC.OO.0789BC.01
    Movement No: 443’741
    Case No: D80699, No. 008
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2141/2806, 34 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 33mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Delivered with an Audemars Piguet Extrait de Registre confirming the register date of the present timepiece on 6th March 1997.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Royal Oak perpetual calendars have always been admired by collectors as it combines two important elements of the firm into one, the iconic octagonal case with its legendary perpetual calendar mechanism. In 1996, the firm released the ref. 25800 series featuring a 33mm diameter case, it was intended for Ladies users but released as a Men's mid-size timepiece. What is notably interesting is that the watch utilizes the cal. 2141/2806 which was specifically developed and implemented for this specific reference and also features a leap year indicator on the dial. Exceedingly rare and scarcely produced for only a few years and possibly the smallest self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch ever produced by Audemars Piguet, the present lot was the first Royal Oak perpetual calendar model was made in white gold, while most examples of the reference were produced either in stainless steel or yellow gold.

    The mid 1990s was certainly an interesting era for the firm, having launched the Royal Oak Offshore in 1993, the exploration of vibrantly coloured dials was also in full swing by 1996. The ref. 25800 was one that was produced with bright coloured dials, offering collectors a refreshed appeal of the admirable Royal Oak.

    The present example Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 25800 in white gold is adorned with an electrifying baby blue dial with petite diamond-set indexes. An extremely rare sight, it is further excellently preserved boasting a clean and well-preserved condition. Adding to its charm the present timepiece is confirmed by an Extract from the Archives issued by Audemars Piguet.

  • 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. 25800BC.OO.0789BC.01
A very rare, well-preserved and attractive white gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year indication, “baby blue” dial, diamond-set indexes and bracelet

1997
33mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$390,000 - 780,000 
€41,700-83,300
$50,000-100,000

Sold for HK$1,890,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021