While Audemars Piguet has received quite a bit of flak in the past for what several collectors perceive as milking the Royal Oak fame a little too much, I think the option available within the scope is a superb thing. Not everybody can manage a tourbillon chronograph, and not everybody wants only a time-only watch. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Material Great watch comes with a bracelet of the identical material as the case and an extra alligator leather strap. It is available at Audemars Piguet stores and the Material Good shop in NY for $297,000 for its pink version and $261,000 for the titanium version. Audemars Piguet has been creating some of the most technically interesting watches in their Royal Oak Concept collection for the past couple of years. Last year they showed off the Royal Oak Concept Laptimer, an exceptionally complex chronograph with three pillar wheels which could measure consecutive lap times. And earlier this season, they introduced the both complicated Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch, a minute repeater exemplifying Audemars Piguet’s obsession with all audio clarity and quality.Of course, it’d be cruel to show you pictures and tell you about this watch’s amazing noise without a video to allow you to hear that, and thus do play the movie above to hear it on your own. The second repeater complication is frequently regarded as one of the most difficult and… well, complicated to create – so imagine how difficult it’s to create one from scratch. The next thing to keep in mind is that Audemars Piguet didn’t only wish to create a new moment repeater see, they wanted to create one which would be the very best.
Five years after its launch, the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm has been restyled for SIHH 2017. Audemars Piguet Watches Wikipedia Replica kept the fundamentals the same, applying some minor tweaks to the dial to give it a sportier look (compare it with the earlier version).
All the new Royal Oak Chronograph variants feature two-tone dials, with the sub-dials in contrasting colours. Another obvious change are the enlarged registers for elapsed minute and hours, while that for the constant seconds has been reduced. This improves legibility somewhat, since elapsed time has to be read, while the sub-seconds is merely a reminder that the watch is running.
To the same end, the hour markers are now wider and shorter, with a broader strip of Super-Luminova for increased nighttime glow; the same has been done for the hands as well (the counterweight of the seconds hand now has luminescent paint as well).
All the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm models are equipped with the calibre 2385, which is actually the Frederic Piguet 1185, a compact and slim automatic movement.
The new range includes four models in pink gold, in either blue or brown, accompanied by either an alligator strap or matching gold bracelet, as well as three in stainless steel with black, white or blue dials.
Ti and Pt
And most intriguing, the line-up also includes the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm in titanium and platinum (ref. 26331IP.OO.1220IP.01).
This unusual, boutique-only model has most of the case and bracelet in brushed titanium, with the bezel and centre links of the bracelet in polished platinum for a striking contrast of surface finishes.
And the dial is grey with the sub-dials and minute chapter ring in dark blue, the same combination of colours found on the first generation Royal Oak Offshore in titanium.
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.