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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 25820ST.OO.0944ST.03
    Movement No: 549’434
    Case No: F38144, No. 0571
    Model Name: Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetual
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2120/2802, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Delivered with an Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming the register date of the present timepiece on 7th September 2005.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since the introduction of the very first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in 1972, the model has gained a cult-like following over the years. Designed by none other than the acclaimed Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak takes its inspiration from a ship’s porthole, hence the naked screws on the bezel (a first of its kind at the time) and is also the firm’s first ever luxury sports watch in stainless steel fitted with an integrated bracelet. Since then, the Royal Oak has enjoyed various upgrades and complications to be featured inside the iconic case.

    In 1984, Audemars Piguet merged two of their most iconic creations together, the perpetual calendar and the Royal Oak. Powered by the world’s thinnest legendary cal. 2120/2800 with a Jaeger-LeCoultre base, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar was born and was a total revelation contributing to the overcoming of the quartz crisis. Early examples of the model featured a dial with the absence of a leap year indication manufactured from 1984 to 1993, and later models produced from 1995 onwards were featured with a leap year indicator.

    The reference 25820 made its appearance in 1998, powered by the cal. 2120/2802 with a leap year indication. Offered in both precious metal and stainless steel, the present example in stainless steel with a white grande tappiserie dial is a combination to please most. With clean aesthetics and strong legibility, the subtle contrast of the silver case against the white hue of the dial is second to none. A perfect wristwatch for casual or formal wear, the versatility of the 39mm diameter case is impressive with a slim profile. Delivered with an Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archive confirming the register date of the present timepiece in 2005, it also boasts a nice and clean case with a well-preserved dial.

  • 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. 25820ST.OO.0944ST.03
A very fine, attractive and rare stainless steel perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year indication and bracelet

2005
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$470,000 - 950,000 
€55,100-111,000
$60,300-122,000

Sold for HK$945,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022