Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel 25554BASold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel 25554BA
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It’s rare to see a perfect mix of the past and present, but the 25554 truly combines the best of worlds: Audemars Piguet’s mastery of high complications and the pioneering form of the Royal Oak.
This reference 25554 Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel dates back to 1987 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 stand out, among others, for their smooth and understated metal dials.
The 39 mm octagonal case and integrated bracelet, designed by Gerald Genta, are executed in 18k yellow gold. The champagne dial features simple baton indices with a matching 18k yellow-gold handset and four beautifully recessed sub-registers. The day, month, leap-year, and date are displayed in the three upper sub-registers, whereas the smaller one at the 6 o’clock position houses a romantic moon phase indicator alongside the Audemars Piguet signature.
The watch is in wonderful condition with sharp bevelled edges and comes with an extract from the Audemars Piguet archives.
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.