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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2021
    Reference No: 26585CE.OO.1225CE.01
    Case No: KC9294W
    Model Name: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked
    Material: Black ceramic
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 5135, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black ceramic Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet warranty card, instruction manual, setting pin, outer packaging and fitted winding presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Without much of an introduction needed, the Royal Oak has become one of the most iconic and sought-after timepieces since its launch in 1972 being the world’s first luxury sports watch in stainless steel with an integrated bracelet.

    Not only was it the first luxury sports watch but in 1982, 10 years after its launch it was offered with a perpetual calendar making it the very first sports watch with a complication. Not only a rare complication at the time, as very few brands were still producing them, but the audacity of housing this delicate complication in a steel sports watch was unheard of at the time.

    Today the Royal Oak family has expanded offering collectors a much wider array of complications, materials and colors.

    One of the latest additions to the Royal Oak family is the present perpetual calendar in a black ceramic 41mm diameter case with an openworked dial. When Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black ceramic with its classic grande tappiserie dial in 2017, it generated quite the buzz in the community and it was immediately a success as no other brands have created something quite similar to it. With a completely refreshed appeal and an excellently executed black ceramic case with a fine brushed finish, the idea of an all-black appeal combined with the complex perpetual calendar complication is perhaps the perfect fusion between the past and present.

    In 2019, the firm revisited the idea of the black ceramic case and in a stealthy manner the firm released the openworked edition featuring a transparent dial with rose gold accents allowing the wearer to view the intricacy of the impressive in-house cal. 5135 with a total of 374 components. An immediate success after its initial launch, the ref. 26585CE.OO.1225CE.01 is arguably one of the most sought-after contemporary Royal Oak models in the market today.

    The present example from circa 2021 is offered in brand new overall condition with no signs of use and wear and is complete with its full set of accessories. To further add to its attraction the warranty of the present timepiece has been extended for an additional 3 years. A rare sight in the wild, it is the perfect opportunity for collectors to acquire this rare and pristine example here with us at the Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII.

  • 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. 26585CE.OO.1225CE.01
A highly impressive, sought-after and rare black ceramic skeletonized perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year, week indication, bracelet, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2021
41mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$2,300,000 - 4,000,000 

Sold for HK$4,410,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021