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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 25918BC.O.0001CR.01
    Movement No: 442’826
    Case No: E26657
    Model Name: Jules Audemars Repetition Minutes Quantieme Perpetual
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 2866Q/2807, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Audemars Piguet certificate, instruction manual, key, setting pin, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: A similar example prominently illustrated in Audemars Piguet 20th Century Complicated Wristwatches II by Audemars Piguet, pp 302

  • Catalogue Essay

    Established to commemorate one of the two founder of the firm, Jules Audemars, the model line up named after its founder was first introduced in 1982 as an homage to preserve the traditional craft of Swiss watchmaking. Featuring smooth lines and voluptuous curves complimented with multiple artisanal finishing, timepieces from the Jules Audemars collections are distinctive with subtle features consistent throughout most of its models.

    The present Jules Audemars minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch is perhaps the crème de la crème from the collection. Introduced in 1997 until 1999, the reference was made in low production numbers with a total of only 17 examples: 11 in white gold, 5 in pink gold, and one in platinum. Complicated and executed to the highest standards, the 39mm diameter white gold case features its classic mirror-polished finishing for the bezel and lugs combined with the firm’s smooth brushed finish for its caseband. Beautifully equipped with a transparent caseback, it allows the wearer to admire the wonderfully executed cal. 2866 Q in full, especially when the minute repeater is activated. Famous for their perpetual calendars, the present timepiece with a French calendar features moon phases and a leap year indication. Paired tastefully with a black dial with engine-turned finishing for its hour ring, the contrast against its case is once again achieved by the skilled artisans from Le Brassus.

    Offered in attractive overall condition boasting a clean and harmonious chime the present example is definitely one to enjoy over a nice glass of wine.

  • 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. 25918BC.O.0001CR.01
A very fine, rare and complicated white gold minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year indication, black dial, Roman numerals, warranty and presentation box

Circa 1997
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$390,000 - 780,000 
€45,700-91,400
$50,000-100,000

Sold for HK$1,008,000

Contact Specialist

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

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022