Audemars Piguet Quantième Perpétuel 25657BASold
Audemars Piguet Quantième Perpétuel 25657BA
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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 yellow gold case, measuring a classic 36 mm. The case features a lovely stepped bezel, elegant downturned lugs, and a small crown. Only 1,309 pieces of this reference were produced in yellow gold between 1982 and 1993.The reference 25657 was made with a number of different dials. This white execution is the most understated of the bunch and features elegant applied 18k yellow gold stick indices and matching thin gold hands as well as three lovely 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 of course used, among others, in AP’s Royal Oak, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, and Vacheron Constantin’s 222. For the QP line, Audemars Piguet reworked the 920 to include a perpetual calendar complication as well as a 21k yellow gold rotor.This 25657 dates back to 1988 and comes as a full set with the original box and papers. Moreover, it has just undergone a full service at our trusted Audemars Piguet service center and is accompanied by the corresponding service papers. The watch comes on a black alligator leather Audemars Piguet strap with an 18k Audemars Piguet ardillon buckle.
Audemars 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.