Audemars Piguet Quantième Perpétuel 25661OR

This Audemars Piguet 25661 proves that it is still possible to get into ultra-high end watchmaking at a relatively affordable price.

Museum Piece
Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.

Introduction

This Audemars Piguet 25661 proves that it is still possible to get into ultra-high end watchmaking at a relatively affordable price.When we think of Audemars Piguet nowadays, the first thing we think about is the Royal Oak. But that obscures AP’s distinguished history of producing beautifully finished and highly complicated watches.Audemars Piguet’s introduction of the ‘Quantième Perpétuel Automatique’ line of ultra-thin perpetual calendar wristwatches with an automatic movement in 1978 has been one the most significant innovations in watchmaking in the last 50 years.This ref. 25661 is executed in a slim 18k rose gold case, measuring a classic 36 mm. The case features a lovely stepped bezel, elegant downturned lugs, and a small crown. The ref. 25661 was produced almost in parallel with the ref. 25657 Quantième Perpetuel, with the difference being the addition of a sapphire crystal see-through case back on the former. While both references were available simultaneously, the ref. 25661 is much rarer with a total production run of just 342 pieces in different materials in the period 1985-1994. Executions in rose gold are the rarest of them all, with only 32 examples in existence.The ref. 25661 was made with a number of different dials. This white execution is the most understated of the bunch and features elegant applied 18k rose gold stick indices and matching thin hands as well as four beautiful recessed sub-dials that indicate the day, date, month, and phase of the moon.The ‘Quantième Perpétuel line is powered by Audemars Piguet’s caliber 2120/2800 automatic movement, which is derived from Jaeger Lecoultre’s legendary ultra-thin caliber 920 base movement. This base movement was used, among others, in AP’s Royal Oak, Patek’s Nautilus, and Vacheron Constantin’s 222. For the QP line, Audemars Piguet reworked the caliber 920 to include a perpetual calendar complication as well as a 21k gold rotor.This 25661 dates back to 1991 and is accompanied by an extract of the Audemars Piguet archives. The watch is in excellent condition with some minor marks on the dial. We’ve attached the watch to a brand new chocolate brown Hermes leather strap with an 18k rose gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp.

Description

Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Audemars Piguet has a storied history of producing high-complication watches. It all started in 1875, when Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded the company in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, Le Brassus, Switzerland. This pure, rough and wild landscape, with deep, dark forests, ice-cold waters and the omnipresence of rocks and hills, provided inspiration and raw materials for the Swiss watch manufacture to develop the finest watches. Since its inception, Audemars Piguet has specialized in rare, valuable and highly-complicated watches like perpetual calendars, chronographs and chiming watches. Nowadays, the emphasis of Audemars Piguet lies on the iconic Royal Oak line.