The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
40 Audemars Piguet Very Rare, Elegant and Tasteful, Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetual Wristwatch, in Yellow Gold, Champagne Dial, With Box and Extract from the Archives, Reference 25654BA
Estimate: € 75,000 – 150,000
Sold € 104,000
Model: Royal Oak
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Case N°: D12775, N°780
Movement N°: 354624
Dimensions: 38 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box and Extract from the Archives
The Royal Oak is undoubtedly the most iconic watch ever produced by Audemars Piguet, and is the result of the studies and projects of the great watchmaker Gerald Genta, also designer of the Patek Philippe Nautilus and of the Cartier Pasha. Firstly, launched in 1972, it revolutionized the industry and created a new category: “Stainless steel sports watch”. After 10 years from its introduction was presented a version with a perpetual calendar, something very unusual on a sporty watch such is the Royal Oak. The present lot, reference 25654BA, in absolutely stunning condition was in production between 1982 and 1993. This very specimen is the number 780, produced in 1992 and strikes for its quality and beauty. This fine yellow-gold version of the AP Quantieme Perpetuel automatic is both visually striking and highly wearable, yet at the same time a complicated and significant AP heritage timepiece. Its case shows full proportions and sharp edges, the overall appeal enhanced by the stunning, colorful champagne dial. It is, furthermore, equipped with a gold band of best quality without any stretch. It is powered by the caliber 2120/2800, based on the previous 2120: it was launched in 1977 making it the world’s slimmest perpetual calendar movement with a thickness of only 3.95 mm. The very catching case with the iconic octagonal bezel with 8 screws is equipped with a charming champagne dial, applied baton indexes and 4 subsidiary dials for dates and moon phase, the distinctive design of this watch has now become extremely sought after and recognizable and the present lot with its sporty look is perfect for every occasion.