News: Audemars Piguet Plants Five New Royal Oaks
You’re not meant to have a favourite child, right? Well, Audemars Piguet does—and that’s the Royal Oak. The Royal Oak is a watch that needs no introduction. Octagonal and sporty, it’s not only been a saving grace for Audemars Piguet but for the mechanical world as a whole.
The Royal Oak has become a diverse icon—catering for all tastes and appetites—and here are five more that will surely solidify that fact.
Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Open Worked Frosted Pink Gold
First up, we have the new Double Balance Wheel Open Worked. While it’s not the first time we’ve seen this watch, it is the first time we’ve seen it in this appearance. This Royal Oak is “frosted”. By the term frosted, I mean that this watch shines as if it were decorated with thousands of tiny diamonds—an effect achieved by indenting a surface many, many times with a diamond-tipped tool.
But, unlike the other frosted watch in this list, this version of the Double Balance Wheel Open Worked—which Is available in yellow, white and pink gold, by the way—sports a rather fetching rainbow bezel, featuring a plethora of precious stones.
Royal Oak 34mm Frosted Gold
Our next Royal Oak—like the first—is also frosted. However, it looks like it’s been confiscated from Mr Freeze during his frisk upon entering Arkham Asylum. Featuring a smaller 34mm size, a light blue “Grande Tapisserie" dial, and the Calibre 5800—an automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve and a 21,600 vph beat rate—I can bet you anything that Mr Freeze is going to want his watch back.
Royal Oak Self-Winding Chronograph 38mm Pink Gold
If you’re looking for something a little more complicated, then look no further than this Frederic Piguet Calibre 1185-powered Self-Winding Chronograph. This chronograph not only ensures you can measure elapsed time accurately, but it also allows you to do so in style, thanks to the 32 amethysts set into its bezel and the pink … I mean purple dial.
Royal Oak 34mm Black Ceramic
Ceramic is scratch-resistant, but I don’t think that’s why it's become so popular over the last year or so—no, I think that’s down to how stealthy it makes a watch look. Ceramic has been used before on the Royal Oak—on the perpetual calendar—but this is the first time it's been seen on a plain-Jane.
The pink gold for the hands, “AP” logo, baton hour markers and screws look great and make for a striking contrast against the ceramic of the case and the black "Grande Tapisserie" dial. Oh, and did I mention this is a 34mm watch? Great news for those of us with wrists on the smaller side.
Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
Are you someone who doesn’t like adjusting their watch? Then, boy, does Audemars Piguet have a Royal Oak for you. The perpetual calendar is a nifty—be it incredibly complex—complication that remembers how many days are in each month, knows when there is a leap year, and is accurate until the year 2100.
This particular Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is blue. Not to be on-trend—blue is so last season anyway—but to act as a tribute to the original Royal Oak, a watch that’s almost 50 years old. The blue Perpetual Calendar has the same easy-to-read display as we’ve seen before, features the Calibre 5134—a movement with a 19,800 vph rate and 40-hour power reserve—and is available in steel or 18K pink gold.
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