Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel 25810 OR

Comment dit-on «holy shit» en français?To celebrate its 120th anniversary in 1995, Audemars Piguet released a superlative Royal Oak limited to just 120 pieces.

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

Introduction

Comment dit-on «holy shit» en français?To celebrate its 120th anniversary in 1995, Audemars Piguet released a superlative Royal Oak limited to just 120 pieces. This watch has a Quantième Perpétuel complication, known as a perpetual calendar in English, which displays the day, date, month, and position of the current year in the leap-year cycle.The 39 mm octagonal case and integrated bracelet - both designed by Gerald Genta - are executed in 18k rose gold. The matching salmon-colored 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 sub-dials together with fierce blued sword hands, whereas the smaller dial at the 6 o’clock position displays a lovely moon phase indicator alongside the Audemars Piguet signature and the company’s anniversary dates. The dial features a rose-gold minute and hour hand handset. A third arrow-tipped hand also allows you to read the week number on the edge of the dial.When the watch isn’t on the wrist, you can admire the ornately decorated 18k rose-gold rotor through the sapphire crystal caseback. If all the insane details aren’t enough, the ‘120’ cutout in the rotor reminds you that this is a special watch.This rare perpetual calendar has received the full spa treatment at the Audemars Piguet service center and comes with factory service warranty. Of course, you also get the original box and papers. Oh, did we tell you that the box has a fully-fledged battery-powered watch winding mechanism so that you only have to set the watch once? 

Description

Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantian. 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 main emphasis of Audemars Piguet lies on the iconic Royal Oak line.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 a 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.