Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel 25554BA 'MoP Diamonds'

Holy mother of pearl! This Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel combines Audemars Piguet’s historical mastery of high complications with the groundbreaking design of the Royal Oak.

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

Introduction

Holy mother of pearl! This Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel combines Audemars Piguet’s historical mastery of high complications with the groundbreaking design of the Royal Oak.This 25554 Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel dates back to 1986 and is one of the very first perpetual calendar Royal Oaks to ever see the light of day. These first-series ref. 5554/25554 were introduced in 1983 and it is estimated that fewer than 300 of these watches were made in various metals. These first-series models featured smooth metal dials. This particular watch, however, is the exception as it was factory delivered with a unique mother of pearl dial with diamond indices.The 39 mm octagonal case and integrated bracelet, designed by Gerald Genta, are executed in 18k yellow-gold. The ultra-rare dial is crafted from mother of pearl and features diamond-set indices and four beautifully recessed sub-dials. The day, month, leap-year, and date are displayed in the three upper sub-dials, whereas the smaller dial at the 6 o’clock position houses a lovely moon phase indicator alongside the Audemars Piguet signature. The dial features a yellow-gold handset.The watch is in wonderful condition with sharp bevelled edges and comes with an extract from the Audemars Piguet archives.

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.Royal OakIn 1970, Audemars Piguet instructed Genta to come up with an unprecedented steel watch. As the story goes, he found inspiration whilst seeing a diver at work with an old-fashioned diver’s helmet near Lake Geneva. Staying up all night, Genta drew the design for a circular case with an angular, octagonal bezel, eight visible screws, and an integrated bracelet. The Royal Oak was presented in 1972 as the most expensive steel watch available and it caused an uproar: why was a distinguished maison d’horlogerie putting out a sports watch, let alone in such pedestrian material? Some experts even predicted that the Royal Oak would put Audemars Piguet out of business. Though it took a while to catch on, the Royal Oak is now one of the most iconic and long-lasting watch designs and has spawned an entire product line. It wouldn’t be the first time that Genta would prove a brand’s owners, customers, and industry experts wrong.