Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel 25686BA

This Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel combines Audemars Piguet’s historical mastery of high complications with the pathbreaking design of the Royal Oak.

Museum Piece
Audemars Piguet Royal OakIn 1970, Audemars Piguet instructed Genta to come up with an unprecedented steel watch.

Introduction

This Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel combines Audemars Piguet’s historical mastery of high complications with the pathbreaking design of the Royal Oak.The ref. 25686 Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel was introduced in 1989 and is quite rare. Of the 233 pieces ever made only 70 exist in yellow gold. The Quantième Perpétuel complication, known as a perpetual calendar in English, displays the day, date, month, and position of the current year in the leap-year cycle.The 39mm octagonal case and integrated bracelet, designed by Gerald Genta, are executed in 18k yellow gold. The matching champagne dial does not feature the characteristic tappisserie engraving but has a smooth brushed finish, ceding all attention to the beautiful sub-dials. The day, month, leap-year, and date are displayed in the three upper subdials together with fierce blued sword hands, whereas the smaller dial at the 6 o’clock position houses a lovely moonphase indicator alongside the Audemars Piguet signature. The dial features a yellow gold handset. When the watch isn’t on the wrist, you can admire the ornately decorated 21k white gold rotor through the sapphire caseback.The watch is in exceptional, essentially unworn, condition and comes as a full set with papers dating back to 1993.

Description

Audemars Piguet 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.