An extremely rare, unusual and exclusive limited-edition platinum perpetual calendar pocket watch of the famous Swiss watch brand Audemars Piguet, founded in 1875. Limited edition launched in 1992 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak. Purchase date: 1993. Royal Oak octagonal case in platinum 950, openface, diameter 47mm, sapphire caseback with “Quantième Perpétuel” inscription, case number and the watch number in the limited series engraved on the rim. Blue open-worked dial, blued steel Cathedrale hour and minute hands, blued steel leaf-shaped calendar counters hands, baton-shaped small seconds hand, so-called small logo. Hand-wound pocket watch caliber 5020/2820SQ, ultra-thin, finely skeletonized and hand-engraved, with a power reserve of up to 42 hours. Functions – indication of time in hours, minutes and small seconds, perpetual calendar with indicators of date, day of the week, month with leap year cycle, and moon phase. Platinum 950 Audemars Piguet original fob chain. Limited edition of 20 pieces.
Audemars Piguet officially launched the Royal Oak Pocket Watch Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition as a tribute to the famous Royal Oak design on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak. In actual fact, in 1992 the brand issued two limited editions, each of 20 pieces, the present reference and the rose gold reference 25729 with a matt silvered dial. Both are presented at this sale, and both are marked with the same number in the limited edition – 15 – making the present offer exceptional.
The present reference 25729 is produced in a distinctive Royal Oak octagonal shape with a bezel featuring hex screws. The iconic Royal Oak design, adopted for a pocket watch, first appeared on the Royal Oak Pocket Watch Ref. 5691, whose production started in 1979–1980. Royal Oak pocket watches remain a collectible exclusivity, and very rarely appear on the secondary market or at auctions.
The present reference, together with the rose gold reference 25728, are the only perpetual calendar pocket watches in the Royal Oak collection.
Unlike Royal Oak wristwatches, which are predominantly equipped with self-winding calibers, the present reference has a unique combination of the traditional ultra-thin hamd-wound 5020 pocket caliber, finely executed skeletonization and hand-engraving, and a specially designed perpetual calendar module with a moonphase indicator and a small seconds hand that is never found in Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar wristwatches. Audemars Piguet developed the caliber 5020 on the base of the 16-lines hand-wound openface (Lépine) pocket watch caliber 151 movement-blank supplied by Frédéric Piguet, while the calendar module is based on a kit from the Dubois Dépraz factory. Both are long-term partners and suppliers of Audemars Piguet.
The open-worked dial with diamond indexes, blue counters, blued steel Cathedrale hour and minute hands, blued steel leaf-shaped calendar counter hands, and baton-shaped small seconds hand combine to look like a traditional late 19th/early 20th century skeleton pocket watch face. The dial design of the present reference is similar to the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Open-worked wristwatches, especially to the early platinum 25829PT examples (hour and minute hands of which are not of Cathedrale shape).
Reasons to bid
The Royal Oak Pocket Watch Perpetual Calendar Open-worked 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref. 25729 would be an excellent purchase for the collector who desires an extremely rare, unusual and exclusive modern pocket watch from a world-renowned traditional watch brand, one of the undisputed leaders in the haute horlogerie watch market. The present reference, together with the rose gold reference 25728, are the only perpetual calendar pocket watches in the Royal Oak collection. This unique historic release, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak, is limited to 20 pieces plus 20 more pieces of the rose-gold version, and is therefore a true collectible rarity that certainly adds to the appeal of the present lot.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the legendary Royal Oak, this Ineichen Auctioneers sale offers an unprecedented selection of perpetual calendar watches produced by Audemars Piguet since 1982. Royal Oak Perpetual Calendars, which enjoy the active interest of collectors, represent one of the most valuable, admirable and collectible parts of Royal Oak collection heritage. In addition, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar remains relevant as a luxurious daily wearer, enriched with a practical perpetual calendar function and self-winding movement, one of the best in its category. The keen collector should note that also offered for purchase in this sale are other attractive and collectible Royal Oak Perpetual Calendars, including the rarest and most desirable Ref. 25654BA Yellow Gold ‘Tuscany Dial’, superhot Ref. 25820ST ‘Yves Klein’, early Ref. 25654SA C-series ‘Two-tone’, stainless-steel Ref. 25829ST Open-worked, early Ref. 25654BA C-series ‘Golden Nugget’, Ref. 25636BA Open-worked ‘The First Generation’, Ref. 25829OR Open-worked ‘All-Rose Gold’, Open-worked ‘Platinum Edition’ Ref. 25829PT, and a magnificent extremely rare Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar pocket watch in rose gold, among others.