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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1994
    Reference No: 25829ST.OO.0944ST.01
    Movement No: 405’679
    Case No: E33672, No. 206
    Model Name: Royal Oak Openworked Perpetual Calendar
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2120/2802, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet instruction manual, product literature, service invoice and quotation, setting pin, hang tag, outer packaging and fitted presentation box. Further delivered with an Audemars Piguet Extrait De Registre confirming its register date of the present timepiece on 28th April 1994.

  • Catalogue Essay

    50 years since the creation of the original Royal Oak, the timepiece that set the benchmark on many fronts as the pioneer of luxury sports watch. Not only was it the very first of its kind to be realized during 1972, it was also the very first to feature a complication during its time.

    A perfect canvas for Audemars Piguet’s experimentation, in 1983 the Royal Oak was presented with a perpetual calendar as the reference 5554, 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 to its artistic dexterity by presenting a perpetual calendar Royal Oak with an open worked face featuring a transparent dial that showcases the intricate details of its heart, once again demonstrating the brand’s ability to think out of the box.

    Notable for being the world’s thinnest full-rotor self-winding calibre, 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.

    Faithful to its original model with a perfectly snug 39mm diameter case on the wrist, the reference 25829 was available in all metals such as steel, pink gold, yellow gold, platinum and even tantalum. A contemporary move forward from the legendary design, the mono-toned dial enables an unobstructed display of the masterfully finished components. On reverse, the detailing extends to the finely-engravings decorations on the rotor.

    Preserved in sublime condition, the present stainless steel Royal Oak Openworked Perpetual Calendar dates back to 1994 confirmed by the Extract from the Archives. With recent soaring demands and the 50th anniversary celebration of the brand most iconic model, the combination of sublime technical execution and unmistakable good looks is no doubt one of the most attractive version of the discontinued timepiece.

  • 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. 25829ST.OO.0944ST.01
A very fine, rare and attractive stainless steel skeletonized perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year indication, bracelet and presentation box

1994
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$1,000,000 - 2,000,000 
€117,000-234,000
$128,000-256,000

Sold for HK$1,638,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022