The first Royal Oak
to feature a perpetual calendar complication was released in 1983, as the reference 5554
(later designated the ref. 25554
). In recent years, the Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel
has often been the canvas on which Audemars Piguet
have experimented and redefined its perpetual calendars, introducing various changes to the design.
This rose gold, Ref. 25829OR
is open-worked - featuring a transparent, sapphire dial with grey indicators and blackened gold hands. The layout of the dial includes all the traditional indications of a perpetual calendar: day, date, astronomical moon (with graduation for moon age), month and leap year - the latter, first introduced to the Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel
The rose gold case and bracelet are excellently finished, with angular, beveled and polished edges - striking the perfect balance between utilitarian function and elegant design. The polished screws, bezel and case edges fantastically-contrast with the brushed surface of the case and bracelet. At 39mm in diameter, and only 9.3mm thick, this Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetual
case is a beautiful twist of perspectives and size. On the reverse, the watch is highly decorated - displaying brushed and satin surfaces, along with finely-engraved markings, unique reference numbers and stamped hallmarks. The Ref. 25829OR
is housed in a 39mm case (like the 5402
'Jumbo’) - succeeded in 2015 by the latest generation of 41mm perpetual calendars.
This Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetual
is powered by the AP
caliber 2120/2802, 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 2120/2802
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 skeletonised rotor is decoratively hand engraved 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.
The watch comes with an accompanying Extract from the Archives.
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