Audemars Piguet was well-known for its use of stones within the Sixties and the Nineties, with dials constituted of lapis lazuli, aventurine, garnet, mother-of-pearl, opal, ruby, amethyst and different stones. Turquoise is likely one of the oldest recognized stones, as Egyptian and Chinese language civilizations used it over 3000 years in the past. It right here finds its place within the assortment for its distinctive color and non secular qualities. The brand new Royal Oak Selfwinding 37mm 15550BA in 18k yellow gold with a dial reduce from a turquoise stone is the primary to supply this mixture of supplies and is one other addition to the only a few “no-tapisserie” Royal Oak watches.
The versatile, mid-size 37mm variations of the Royal Oak assortment had been added to the collection solely in 2012 however had been up to date final 12 months, consistent with the design evolution of the model from Le Brassus – launched to mark the fiftieth anniversary of its omni-important mannequin, created by Gerald Genta in 1972. The brand new era of 37mm Royal Oaks obtained a slimmer case, down from 9.8mm to 9mm. There have been modifications made to the bracelet to enhance it ergonomically, and the polished chamfers on the bezel and the bracelet grew to become extra obvious, however nothing to compromise the basic look of the icon.
The fastidiously chosen stone is reduce, floor, sandblasted and polished, and the dial disc, solely 0.75mm thick, is fitted right into a casing. The minute observe is printed, the gold hour markers with luminescent coating are utilized, and the polished yellow gold textual content emblem is mounted to the dial with tiny ft. The date window is at 3 o’clock, the date disc is blue to match the color of the dial, and the date numerals are black. The hour, the minutes and the central seconds’ arms are yellow gold. The hour and minute arms are formed to reflect the indices and are luminescent, too. The case, the bezel and the built-in bracelet with the folding clasp of this new Royal Oak Selfwinding 37mm reference in 18k yellow gold are exemplary by way of hand-finishing with alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces and praise the expressive blue dial. A placing reference, little question.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37mm in Yellow Gold with a Pure Turquoise Dial (reference 15550BA.OO. 1356BA.01) is powered by the automated Calibre 5900, with a assured energy reserve of 60 hours. This Vaucher-sourced motion, that includes the gold rotor and embellished elements, might be seen by a sapphire caseback. The caseback is extra built-in into the case center, an enchancment since final 12 months. It will likely be priced at EUR 62,000 (incl. EU taxes). For extra, please go to www.audemarspiguet.com.
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