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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1990s
    Reference No: 25657/002
    Movement No: 331’602
    Case No: C82446, No. 116
    Model Name: Quantieme Perpetuel Automatique
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2120/2800, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Audemars Piguet pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While Audemars Piguet have established one of the most cherished and respected presence in the world of horology through their renowned timepieces such as the Royal Oak, the firm was also creating some of the most magnificent perpetual calendars. With the introduction of the Quantieme Perpetuel Automatique in 1978, the series features the debut of the world’s thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar for the first time. Mechanically impressive, the possibilities were endless when it came to design, materials and craftsmanship, the Le Brassus-based manufacture certainly did not shy when it came to experimentation, offering collectors with a wide array of choices to cater towards the vibrant trend of the era. Amidst the heights of the quartz crisis, the creation of the cal. 2120/2800 was quite frantically unheard of during a time when most were shifting their resources into quartz technology.

    The present Quantieme Perpetuel Automatique ref. 25657 features one of the rarest and most sought-after variant amongst the series, the Tuscan dial. Intricately carved and presented with an absolutely superb regal blue appeal, only 1,821 examples were ever made from 1982 until 1993. Amongst the small production numbers, only 128 examples were made in platinum, making this present example a delight for collectors.

    Preserved in pristine condition and accompanied with its certificate and accessories, the present timepiece is crisply inscribed with No. 116 on its solid caseback. An incredible neo-vintage specimen that embodies rarity and top condition into one, this ultra-thin Tuscan Quantieme Perpetuel will surely garner the attention of aficionados.

  • 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. 25657/002
A rare, very fine and well-preserved platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, “Tuscan” dial, certificate and presentation box

Circa 1990s
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$155,000 - 235,000 

Sold for HK$529,200

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022