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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2004
    Reference No: 25730TT
    Movement No: 541'837
    Case No: D87816, No. 123, further stamped AP Tantale Royal Oak
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: Tantalum and Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2229/2845
    Bracelet/Strap: Tantalum and stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Tantalum and stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Extrait de Registre from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    Aesthetically speaking, the reference 25730 has an appealing look that captures every watch collector's attention. With an attractive grey dial, two sub-dials and a power reserve indication between 8 and 11 o’clock, the present watch is a perfect combination of sublime technical expertise and unmistakable appearance. The case back of the present watch is engraved No. 123, suggesting it was the 123rd example made in this configuration.

    Tantalum is a rare, hard and lustrous metal, which exhibits an alluring dark and stealthy luster. Tantalum is rarely used in watchmaking as it is immensely hard to work with. Needing very high temperatures in order for tantalum to be formed, once it has been adapted it is highly corrosion-resistant and extremely durable. Audemars Piguet produced their first tantalum watch at the behest of King Juan Carlos of Spain, who wanted a stealthy AP that has a blueish tone. The case and bracelet of the present model are in excellent condition, making it a wonderful grail to any collection.

  • 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. 25730TT
A fine and rare attractive tantalum and stainless steel wristwatch with dual time, power reseve,date and bracelet

36mm diameter
Case, dial and bracelet signed

HK$120,000 - 195,000 

Sold for HK$175,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018