Every once in a while, we receive calls or messages from watchlifestylers and friends about a rare and hard-to-find timepiece that they want to share with us. This time, a message popped up on our WhatsApp. The message read: "I just got a Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Platinum and Rose Gold. Do you want to check it out?" We really couldn't believe what our eyes were seeing and immediately thereafter, we got our camera ready and headed over to meet our friend.
This coveted discontinued watch ref. 25654PR.OO.0944PR.01 is one that we have been dreaming of seeing in person for a very long time and now we had the perfect opportunity to enjoy a few hours in its company.
Just like all other 'Quantieme Perpetuel Automatique' watches, this Royal Oak features day, date, month and moonphase; however, it does not feature leap-year information as this timepiece belongs to the earlier generation of Royal Oak Perpetual Calendars. Even though the dial does not show the leap-year, the movement on this complication is programmed mechanically to take automatic account of the occurrence of a leap- year —therefore, it has no issues switching from February 29 to March 1st on a leap-year.
This amazing piece is fitted with a gorgeous rose gold smooth matte dial with needle hands also in rose gold and blue anodized hands for the complication indicators —perfectly contrasting and very well balanced.
The watch case measures 39 mm, nevertheless, it wears larger and more like a 40 mm or even a 41 mm watch. Once you put this watch on your wrist, you just don't want to take it off. While this timepiece is top heavy —considering the precious metals used on it— is still extremely comfortable and fits like a glove.
The display case back allows for full view of the amazing calibre 2120/2800 inside this beauty. As it is common on this reference, all the decoration is done by hand including all the markings on the case. This D-serial with an extremely low number is an amazing timepiece that any Audemars Piguet fan would like to own.
If you are looking to get one of the most unique and rare Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuel Automatiques out there, this is almost as rare as it gets —only even more rare is the Tantalum and Rose Gold Quantieme Perpetuel in a limited edition of 15 pieces.
The combination of platinum and rose gold is just stunning and this particular reference is now on our short list of 'dream watches'.
Sticker Price 'As Much as You are Willing to Pay for One'. As a reference, the Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuel Automatique in Platinum has a Sticker Price of $144,900 USD.
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