Is this the end or just the beginning?

Aug 01, 2022,16:22 PM


After 20 years of collecting AP, beginning with the Beast, and a multitude of incredible timepieces, boutiques, Houses, representatives, and collectors, I am absolutely thrilled and humbled at the opportunity to get this incredible piece - the Openworked Ceramic Perpetual 26585CE.

It's a bit of an incredible dream come true after two decades of an extraordinary journey with AP - and to receive this particular model - was a huge surprise and delight. I've been most recently a huge fan of ceramics, especially for their wear resistance (owning the 26579CE), but have not had the opportunity to get any openworked pieces from AP.

After reading a lot about the incredible history and expertise of AP especially in openworking, I was always waiting for any openworked pieces, as it represents a bit of the pinnacle of the savoir-faire and craftsmanship in AP's history. Furthermore, coupled with the Perpetual Calendar complication - this perhaps was a grail because I was always hunting for a stainless Perpetual Skeleton (25829) but losing on a few auctions. Unique to this piece - is the significant and haute level of finishing throughout - including a generous helping of inward angles throughout the movement. Compared to my 26579, there is truly another level of finishing throughout - which I believe essentially is consistent with the early skeleton perpetuals (future photos to follow later!).

Adding on top of that the fact that it is a Perpetual movement, and a ceramic case - for me - mixes the best of the best of the original RO Perpetual Skeletons and the new innovation of the Ceramic case.

Wow. Just Amazing!

So after wearing this, all giddy on my wrist, I had a brief moment whether this "was the end" of my collecting journey that I started 20 years ago? Did I reach "peak watch" so to speak for AP, or other?

Well no surprise - i feel it's really just the beginning of another chapter in my journey of embracing the marque! First, I've decided to go to less with other brands. Second, I will be looking more at vintage pieces from AP that represent its history. And third, perhaps the most exciting, is the opportunity to look at further higher complications and models (i still don't have a concept!).

Anyway, wanted to share some giddiness, some excitement, some gratitude, and some love for AP smile

And here are the photos! (More pics and comparisons planned).


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Many thanks!!!

 By: pfang56 : August 1st, 2022-16:59
Cheers Peter

A mesmerizing piece to be proud of!

 By: whatmakesmetick (andrea) : August 1st, 2022-17:08
Enjoy it in the best of health!

That’s mind blowing!!!

 By: sludgeriff : August 1st, 2022-17:17
A paragon of mechanical engineering and craftsmanship!! You’ll never get tired of looking at it.

Agreed - it's a micro-mechanical marvel

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-04:36
And one that certainly gave me sleepless nights thinking of it. Cheers Peter

Absolute class

 By: Gelato Monster : August 1st, 2022-18:13
Big congrats

Thanks much for the kind words...

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-04:37
Appreciate it! Peter

Congratulations Peter, that’s a beauty!

 By: GWIS : August 1st, 2022-18:21
All the best, Jon

Thank you Jon...

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-05:36
Appreciate the feedback and note, Cheers Peter

New chapters

 By: Weems@8 : August 1st, 2022-18:44
New horizons. AP is a candidate. So if i’ve got questions, i know you as the best expert and Michael C as sidekick.

No way - MichaelC is the original inspiration..

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-05:41
And certainly it was MichaelC's plentiful posts on Thepurists that kickstarted my interest with AP many decades ago if I humbly say so. Certainly with the beast and the end of days and survivor - MichaelC's posts were incredible. Amazing how this collecti... 

You are too kind my Friend.

 By: MichaelC : August 2nd, 2022-13:54
I take no offense to be called an AP sidekick (although I do muse slightly!). I have collected this brand 21 years now. I might not have all the latest and greatest releases, but I do know just a bit about the brand ;-)

Too humble superhero!

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-16:46
Thanks again always for your wisdom and expertise and humour over these 21 years - you are a true AP Ambassador! Cheers Peter

Thanks again, Peter :-)

 By: MichaelC : August 4th, 2022-13:02

Indeed - WOW and OMG come into mind...

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-05:43
Still can't believe it on my wrist. Cheers Peter ...  

You are absolutely right...

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-05:47
Crazy how many times after acquiring a personal grail and felt the journey may end - but time and time again I am becoming even more excited for the next chapter. Many thanks for the note! Take care Peter

Thanks for continuing to share your journey Peter!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : August 2nd, 2022-11:45

Gorgeous AP

 By: Watchonthewrist : August 1st, 2022-19:41
Huge congrats, excellent choice

Thanks so much...

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-05:51
Appreciate the note! Cheers Peter

Absolutely entrancing piece! 🤩🤩🤩

 By: ArmisE : August 1st, 2022-20:14
I could get lost in this dial for a verrrry long time, beautiful! And the AP ceramic case is out of this world. Congratulations x 1000 👏🏼 Wear it in the best of health.

Thank you ArmisE x 1000!!

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-05:54
I'm super happy that you also received your ceramic piece - that APxMusic piece is equally if not more audacious than any ceramic piece in the catalogue. Love the material's lightness, coolness, and stealthiness - and now we are ceramic brethren - lookin ... 

Grandiose, mon ami.

 By: amanico : August 1st, 2022-20:57

Merci monsieur!!

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-06:09
Now I wish I can join the Nico master class of watch photography to showcase the movement!! Cheers and thanks for the feedback!! Peter

Happy days ahead...

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-06:36
Many thanks for the note! Cheers Peter

Doesn't get much better

 By: TeutonicCarFan : August 2nd, 2022-00:14
Love the ceramic and PC... open work is icing on the cake!

Appreciate it!!

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-06:38
Hard to think about what could be the next model - but as shared earlier - this is more like the start rather than the end of a collecting journey. Cheers Peter

SO SO SO very happy for you Peter!

 By: EdTonkin : August 2nd, 2022-01:25
Your dream come true and sounds like just a beginning. How wonderful. I can feel your excitement. Enjoy!

Your note means so much to me!

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-06:39
Your collection has always been next level and a representation of "the next step" I aspire to Thanks so much for sharing your incredible timepieces and inspiring all of us!! Cheers Peter

Peter - WOW!

 By: MichaelC : August 2nd, 2022-13:51
I have always admired your dedication to the brand. You clearly come from a place of passion, and that is what this hobby is all about! This piece is utterly stunning. I'm afraid my eyesight makes it difficult to read the registers without glasses, but ot... 

Thank you so much MichaelC!!!

 By: pfang56 : August 2nd, 2022-17:43
It is truly an honor and privilege to get this post from you - as shared before you have been an inspiration to me and I only hope one day to meet in person. I agree on the registers - it does seem to be less legible than the other Ceramic perpetual, but ... 

It is my pleasure, Peter. Your AP passion stands out!

 By: MichaelC : August 4th, 2022-13:05
And you share these incredible nuggets in such a humble fashion with us. Thank you for your continued contributions to the forum!

Both are very good experts.

 By: Weems@8 : August 4th, 2022-17:42
Filling each other perfectly on.

Thanks so so much!!

 By: pfang56 : August 3rd, 2022-15:36
Certainly when I first put it on..I did express some other superlatives (like OMG, and Holy S...) but definitely I've been incredibly humbled and in heaven with this masterpiece Thanks for the note!!! Cheers Peter

Massive congrats!

 By: Jardin_des_rois : August 5th, 2022-04:12
Super stoked to see this on a true AP collector’s wrist! I too am waiting on one…but no idea how real my chances are. I’ve gone the route of vintage first and picked up a 25636 and a 5548. I will say the 25636 is sublime. It’s older and more collectible I... 

Agree - always trying to find the right vintage piece...

 By: pfang56 : August 5th, 2022-18:45
And I love the old fonts and especially the area around the moon phase. Interestingly if I look at my new piece and the vintage pieces, the polishing beveling finishing for the movement are extraordinarily similar Anyway, my situation was a bit serendipit... 

Wow 🤩 Huge congratulations 🍾 Peter !

 By: GLau : August 6th, 2022-01:18
Agree with you that this is a new beginning ! Great that you have decided to focus more efforts and resources on a brand to better appreciate its history 👍. Continue to enjoy your AP journey !

Thank you GLau!!!

 By: pfang56 : August 6th, 2022-23:25
It's nice to be able to shift from dabbling across brands to now focus and clarity. I'm excited at this new journey, which may also have a positive effect on my back account Cheers Peter