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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1980
    Movement No: 244’042
    Case No: No. 56, B72964
    Model Name: Quantiême Perpetual
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 5020, 20 jewels
    Dimensions: 47mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its founding in 1881, Audemars Piguet has been a leader in the field of complicated timepieces specializing in minute repeating and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand has been devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcasing their master craftsmanship and design. Today, they are still a family owned manufacturer, and while best known for their iconic Royal Oak line of wristwatches, they continue to produce a limited number fine pocket watches each year.

    The pocket watch has a long and rich history reaching back to the late 15th century, and is a technical marvel from which the modern wristwatch evolved. The present Audemars Piguet Quantiême Perpetual is a wonderful example of a complicated pocket watch that is well situated in the 20th century, but manufactured from a long line of important and rare timepieces. Manufactured during the 1980s and purchased by the original owner in Hong Kong in 1982, it has a modern contemporary design with raised bezel, and bold white enamel legible dial. Perpetual calendar watches need no adjustments automatically accounting for long and short months, and even leap years, as long as they are kept wound. The four years of the cycle are clear denoted along with the months of the year at the top of the dial.

    Offered by the family of the original owner, the present timepieces is in excellent overall condition. Pocket watches remain undervalued in the market today and the present perpetual calendar pocket watch presents an exciting opportunity for the savvy connoisseur to own a horological masterpiece.

  • 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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Property from the Original Owner

1054

A very fine and attractive yellow gold perpetual calendar pocket watch with moon phases and leap year indication

Circa 1980
47mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$45,000 - 75,000 
€5,000-8,300
$5,800-9,600

Sold for HK$138,600

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021