Audemars Piguet Quantième Perpétuel 5582BA

We are huge fans of Audemars Piguet’s automatic perpetual calendar line of dress watches that were introduced in the late 1970s.

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Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.
We are huge fans of Audemars Piguet’s automatic perpetual calendar line of dress watches that were introduced in the late 1970s. This beauty is, without a doubt, the rarest among them.As the watch industry was buckling under the weight of the quartz crisis, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s thinnest automatic movement with a perpetual calendar complication. The resulting line of precious metal dress watches was in production from 1978 until the early 1990s and contained watches in different precious metals and with various dial options, often produced in small numbers.The significance of the automatic perpetual calendar line is twofold. For one, it signaled Audemars Piguet’s return to its roots as a maker of high complications. Quite something at a time when the watch industry was experiencing a life-threatening crisis. Second, these watches, along with the recently introduced Royal Oak, allowed the company to grow rapidly while most of its competitors struggled or went under.The ref. 5582BA is, arguably, the most precious and rare among the exquisite automatic perpetual calendar line. It is executed in a slim 18k yellow-gold case, measuring a classic 36 mm. While its siblings featured classic stepped dials and elegant leather bracelets, the 5582BA comes with a sumptuous factory-set diamond bezel and a beautiful integrated 18k yellow-gold bracelet consisting of alternating diamond set bars and strings of gold beads.The reference 5582 features a see-through dial that showcases Audemars Piguet’s mechanical mastery and provides a unique visual appeal. The unique skeleton dial is constructed from transparent sapphire crystal and features warm champagne colour rings at the 3, 9, and 12 o’clock positions to display the day, month, and date, as well as a lovely moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock. The diamond theme of the case and bracelet is carried through by means of diamond-set hour markers.The dial and the sapphire display case back give an unobstructed view of the unique open worked automatic movement. This movement was based on Jaeger LeCoultre’s legendary ultra-thin caliber 920 base movement, and was also used, among others, in Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, Vacheron Constantin’s 222. For the perpetual calendar line, Audemars Piguet reworked the base caliber to include a perpetual calendar complication. For the 5582, Audemars Piguet went even further by hand engraving as well elaborately open working the movement as well as the 21k yellow-gold rotor.This rare 5582BA was only produced in exceedingly small numbers, this one being number 5 among them. The watch was produced in 1984, is in excellent condition, and comes with an extract of the Audemars Piguet archives.
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.