Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25594ST 'Yves Klein'

“A certain blue enters your soul,” Matisse mused.

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

Introduction

“A certain blue enters your soul,” Matisse mused. Indeed, the color blue was a common theme in the avant garde art of the likes of Henri Matisse and Yves Klein.Fascinated by the sky from a young age, the French painter Yves Klein spent much time developing the perfect shade of vibrant ultramarine blue because he believed it encapsulated the quality of space.This color, patented under the name “International Klein Blue (IKB)”, became the central theme in Klein’s paintings. When Audemars Piguet released a number of Royal Oak’s with a similar blue color, collectors quickly gave them the moniker ‘Yves Klein dial’.This ref. 25594ST combines the vibrant blue dial color with the mid-size version of the iconic Royal Oak. Measuring in at 36 mm, it is the perfect size for those of us that prefer slightly more modest dimensions than the classic ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak.Besides the spectacular dial and modest case size, this Royal Oak is also a bonafide complicated watch from one of the Grand Maisons d’Horlogerie! The 25594 sports a day and date display in the large sub-registers at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions and a moonphase indicator at 6 o’clock. We like to call this particular dial lay-out the O-face.. ????The stainless steel case and integrated bracelet are thick and sharp with honest traces of wear. The watch comes with an extract of 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.