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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1982
    Reference No: 25561PT.OO.A002CR.01
    Movement No: 226’066
    Case No: B76’231, No.001
    Model Name: Quantieme Perpetual Automatique
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2120/2800, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Literature: A similar example prominently illustrated in Audemars Piguet 20th Century Complicated Wristwatches II by Audemars Piguet Le Brassus, pp.280

  • 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 release of their first self-winding perpetual calendar in 1978 being the world’s thinnest.

    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. During the period, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe were the only manufacturers serially producing perpetual calendar wristwatches. Developed by four key members of the firm, Michel Rochat, Wilfred Berney, Jean-Daniel Golay and Georges Golay, the self-winding perpetual finally came into life in 1978. Since then, more than 7,000 perpetual calendar wristwatches produced from 1978 – 1993 were utilizing the cal. 2120/2180.

    The present example Audemars Piguet perpetual calendar featuring a special platinum 36mm diameter case with decorated corners is a very rare example from the specific era of the cal. 2120/2800. Not only is the case interesting but the blue “Tuscan” dial is what cements the present example as a truly fascinating timepiece. With its caseback inscribed no.001, the present watch is indeed the very first example of the reference that was produced. To our knowledge, it is believed that only 40 examples of the reference were produced and within 30 examples were encased in platinum and only 10 examples in white gold.

    Offered in excellent and attractive overall condition, the present timepiece was purchased by the original owner—the chairman of a leading Hong Kong department store and a passionate watch collector—during the booming 80’s. Further confirmed by the Audemars Piguet archives, the watch was delivered and sold to Hong Kong in 1982. A well-preserved neo-vintage example, the present ultra-thin timepiece will surely impress and garner interest from the passionate community of Audemars Piguet collectors.

  • 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. 25561PT.OO.A002CR.01
A very fine, unusual and rare platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and “Tuscan” dial

36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$155,000 - 310,000 

Sold for HK$604,800

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021