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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 25820ST.OO.0944ST.03
    Movement No: 549’187
    Case No: F38156; No. 583
    Model Name: Royal Oak Quantième Perpetuel
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2120/2802, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Royal Oak integrated bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel double folding clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by additional white dial, setting pin, rotating presentation box, guarantee booklet, product literature, service receipt, service box, and hang tag.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Royal Oak is a timepiece that set the benchmark on many fronts. Not only was it the very first luxury sports watch when launched in 1972, it was also the very first luxury sports watch featuring a complication. In 1982, exactly 10 years after its launch, the Royal Oak was presented with a perpetual calendar.

    Interestingly, the birth of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is the result of research undertaken by three brilliant watchmakers wishing to create an extra slim perpetual calendar mechanism built upon caliber 2120, which powered other iconic models such as Patek Philippe's early Nautilus models, Vacheron Constantin's 222 and the Royal Oak itself.

    Caliber 2120/2800 was born in 1977 making it the world’s slimmest perpetual calendar movement with a thickness of only 3.95mm. The subsequent years were used in finalizing the development and finally in 1982 the Royal Oak took the horological world by surprise, once again, with the launch of a model with perpetual calendar.

    The flawless, arresting, and dynamic “Tuscan” dial draws its name from the unique texture of the dial. When examined closely, one will find that no two dials are exactly alike. The fine and delicate ridges on the dial catch the light perfectly, and can change in tone pending on the angle. The present reference 25820ST was born with a white dial, however the consignor requested from Audemars Piguet a “Tuscan” dial be fitted to suit his aesthetic proclivities, to dramatic effect. Recently fully serviced by the manufacture, and complete with its full suite of accessories, this is essentially two watches in one, representing a superb example for the modern collector.

  • 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. 25820ST.OO.0944ST.03
An exquisite and versatile stainless steel perpetual calendar wristwatch with blue “Tuscan” dial, bracelet, additional dial, guarantee, and presentation box

Circa 2005
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet, and clasp signed.

Estimate
$80,000 - 160,000 
CHF74,700-149,000
€71,300-143,000
HK$624,000-1,250,000

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

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