Summer has arrived and with it, many timepieces arrive on the market, the brands, despite the fact that we are entering the bathing holiday season, continue to surprise with the launch of new models and Audemars Piguet doesn’t seem to want to be left out and has just unveiled nine new models from its flagship collection, the Royal Oak.
There are many novelties brought by AP and we almost risk saying that no one was left out, as the range of size options varies between the “humble” but increasingly sought after 34mm, and we are not talking about a solely female audience, passing through 37 and 38mm and ending at 41mm.
Starting with the model that most surprised us, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Dressed in Black Ceramics in 34mm, the watch features a black ceramic case whose material extends through the traditional integrated bracelet. The watch comes with eight 18k pink gold hex screws that secure the bezel and an open titanium case back. The black dial features the traditional “Grande Tapesserie” pattern, 18k rose gold hour indices and hands. Inside, the Caliber 5800 automatic movement operates, offering up to 50 hours of power reserve.
Another of the launches is the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding in 34mm, distinguished by its 18k white gold case in which the “Frosted Gold” jewelry technique is applied, first introduced in 2016 by Italian Jewelry Designer Carolina Bucci, who produces a sandblasted effect on the case and bracelet, interrupted only by the polished finish of the bevels of the bezel, screws, crown, and links. The interesting light blue dial comes with the “Grande Tapesserie” pattern, indexes and hands in 18k white gold. The watch is powered by the Caliber 5800 automatic movement that can be seen through the open case back and offers up to 50 hours of power reserve.
Among the AP novelties are two RO chronographs, first the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Plays with Color and Light in 38mm, featuring a case and integrated bracelet in 18k pink gold, with a bezel set with an array of baguette-cut amethysts. The purple tone of the gemstones on the bezel extends to the dial with the “Grande Tapesserie” pattern and its three subdials, 18k pink gold indexes and hands complete the dial. Inside operates the automatic movement Caliber 2385 that offers up to 40 hours of power reserve. The second chronograph is the 41mm Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Chronograph and is a limited edition of 200 pieces, its case and integrated bracelet feature the same sandblasted effect developed by Carolina Bucci that we talked about above alternating with the polished finish of the bevels of the bezel, screws, crown and links. The silver dial comes with the standard “Grande Tapesserie” and features three counters in the same shades, and hour indices and hands in 18k white gold. The watch is powered by the new Caliber 4401 introduced this year to the RO collection, which features a chronograph flyback and a column wheel and offers a generous 70 hours of power reserve.
Finally, AP presented five models in “Frosted Gold” and skeletonized dial, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked, three in 41mm and two in 37mm. These models feature case and bracelet in three variants in 18k yellow gold, 18k pink gold and 18k white gold (only available in 41mm) with the “Frosted Gold” applied technique that we discussed above, with a rainbow set bezel, with an array of 38 baguette-cut gemstones, including ruby, tsavorite, emerald, topaz, tanzanite, amethyst and a variety of colored sapphire. On the skeletonized dial, 18k gold indices and hands. All models are equipped with the Caliber 3132 automatic movement that can also be seen through the open case back and that offer up to 45 hours of power reserve.
More information at www.audemarspiguet.com.