Audemars Piguet Quantième Perpétuel 25657ORSold
Audemars Piguet Quantième Perpétuel 25657OR
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This Audemars Piguet 25657 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. 25657 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. Of the 1,821 pieces ever produced of this reference between 1982 and 1993, just 362 were made in rose gold.The ref. 25657 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 25657 dates back to 1990 and is accompanied by an extract of the Audemars Piguet archives. The watch is in excellent condition and comes on a black alligator leather Audemars Piguet strap with an 18k rose gold AP-signed ardillon buckle.
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.
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