Audemars Piguet - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI Hong Kong Saturday, November 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1980s
    Reference No: 25559BA
    Movement No: 263’710
    Case No: B78872
    Model Name: Quantieme Perpetual
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 5020/2820, jeweled
    Dimensions: 49mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Audemars Piguet Quantieme Perpetual skeletonised pocket watch in 18K yellow gold is a signature of the Le Brassus based manufacturer. With a respected heritage in manufacturing some of the most impressive perpetual calendar timepieces, Audemars Piguet is notably distinguished for introducing the Royal Oak in 1972. Entering into the heights of the quartz crisis in the early 1980s, most manufacturers abandoned the production of mechanical timepieces and replaced them with quartz. However, that was not the case for Audemars Piguet. With a strong belief that the quartz wristwatch will not dominate traditional mechanical wristwatch, the firm continued to develop complicated perpetual calendar timepieces despite the fact that its competitors were shifting towards the new trend.

    The present Audemars Piguet ref. 25559BA from circa 1982 is an attractive statement piece from one of the most horrific periods of horology. Fully skeletonized, the dial depicts the technical prowess of Audemars Piguet through the complicated cal. 5020/2820. With fully hand-engraved bridges, the combination of traditional artisanal craft and horological excellence is clearly presented in this present pocket watch. A wonderful and important era for Audemars Piguet and this present example from the respective era is offered in attractive overall condition and value.

  • 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. 25559BA
A fine and attractive yellow gold skeletonized perpetual calendar pocket watch with moon phases and leap year indication

Circa 1980s
49mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 195,000 

Sold for HK$415,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020