Exclusive Timepieces, Sessions I, II, III 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

20 Audemars Piguet In New Old Stock Conditions, Very Rare, Elegant and Tasteful, Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetual Wristwatch, in Gold, Champagne Dial, Reference 25654BA, With Box and Papers

Estimate: € 130,000 –⁠ 250,000

Sold € 195,000

Lot Description

Model: Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuel
Reference: 25654BA
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1988
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 2120
Case N°: C19571, N° 288
Dimensions: 38 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box and Papers

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 and made in 272 only pieces in steel. This very specimen is the number 183, produced in 1989 and strikes for its quality and beauty. Preserved in New Old Stock condition, 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.