In 1875, Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded the Swiss watch manufacturing company Audemars Piguet
in Le Brassus, Vallée de Joux. In 1955, the brand began production of its first series of perpetual calendar wristwatches to feature a leap year indication. A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established, Audemars Piguet
continued to produce a variety of high-quality perpetual calendars throughout the late 70s to the early 2000s, considered some of the most impressive of the modern era.
This rare, platinum, textured-blue dial example perfectly illustrates why the Quantieme Perpetual
seems so under-appreciated. Understated both in styling and size - modest (by today's standards) at 36 mm - with a slim case matched by an ultra-thin, automatic perpetual calendar movement. The platinum case features a stepped bezel and short, down-tuned lugs, which work proportionately well together. On the reverse, the watch is features circular graining, along with finely-engraved markings.
The sub-dial at 3 o'clock shows the date, in a slightly recessed sub-register, giving depth to the otherwise beautifully-textured, blue dial. In a similar fashion, the days of the month are placed at 9 o'clock, with the months of the year at 12. The moon-phase is placed at six o'clock, with graduation for moon age above. The blue dial is further accented with applied index markers - corresponding harmoniously with Audemars Piguet
’s ‘stick’ hands. The index markers and hands are subtle in form, complementing the dial tone perfectly.
This Quantieme Perpetual Automatique
is powered by the AP
, derived from Jaeger-LeCoultre
’s legendary ultra-thin JLC 920
calibre movement. The caliber 2120
was an initial project of Jaeger LeCoultre
in 1967, funded and contributed by Audemars Piguet
, and famous for its adoption by Audemars Piguet
, Patek Philippe
and Vacheron Constantin
. The ultra-thin automatic 2120/2
calibre features 38 working jewels, Gyromax
balance and four ruby wheels to support the full-diameter rotor, which runs on a beryllium rail for stability. The rotor is decorated with Genevan stripes and edged with 21-carat gold, to increase the oscillating mass. The AP
remains the thinnest full-rotor self-winding movement in the world, considered by many as one of the most technically refined wrist-watch movements ever made.
This watch is accompanied by its original Audemars Piguet
box, Certificate of Origin and user manual. It comes with our Venice
grey saffiano leather strap, as well as its original platinum tang buckle.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.