No fan of the Royal Oak can neglect final yr’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, which additionally launched some design tweaks on a number of 34, 37, 38 and 41mm Selfwinding Royal Oak references. The celebration continues in 2023 as three smaller-sized white gold Royal Oaks get new blue smoked Grand Tapisserie dials and an infusion of sunshine offered by the baguette-set diamonds on the bezel and dial. The recipients of this glamorous makeover by Audemars Piguet are 34mm and 37mm time-and-date RO Selfwinding fashions and a 38mm model of the RO Selfwinding Chronograph.
The design improve practised on a number of Royal Oak Selfwinding fashions in 2022 enhanced the play of sunshine due to the enlarged polished bevels on the highest and backside of the case and heightened the distinction with the satin-brushed hand finishings on different components of the case. One other good thing about the facelift is the extra slender silhouette of the watch, extending to the built-in bracelet, which now has trapezoid-shaped hyperlinks closest to the case to supply a extra elongated profile. Furthermore, the hyperlinks are thinner and lighter, including to the general consolation of the watch.
Royal Oak Selfwinding 34MM and 37mm
Catering to smaller wrist sizes, the Royal Oak launched new 34 and 37mm case sizes. The 34mm measurement was launched to the household in 2020, and the 37mm in 2012, coinciding with the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary (there may be a fair smaller case measurement of 33mm, however it’s fitted with a quartz motion).
Housed in luxurious 18k white gold circumstances that replicate the design upgrades of 2022, the brand new Royal Oak Selfwinding 34 and 37mm fashions have 32 baguette-cut diamonds set into the enduring octagonal bezel. Because the model factors out, this diamond setting marks a primary for the 34mm mannequin. Organized in teams of 4 to accommodate the eight obligatory hexagonal screws which can be integral to the Royal Oak’s persona, the diamonds flood the polished bezel with much more mild.
Shifting in direction of the dial, there are an extra 12 baguette-cut diamonds posing as hour markers (double diamonds at midday), set on prime of the basic Grande Tapisserie guilloché dial that now contains a blue smoked or gradient color. Obtained by Bodily Vapour Deposition, the gradient impact is achieved by spraying colored varnish on the periphery whereas the dial rotates, making a darker shade within the centre and a darker color on the sides. Launched final yr, the brand new gold Audemars Piguet signature is the results of galvanic development, and every letter is fastened to the dial by hand. To boost legibility in low mild situations, the white gold arms are crammed with luminescent coating. Like all of the up to date Royal Oak fashions, the date window is similar color because the dial.
The 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding is powered by automated calibre 5800 with a frequency of 4Hz and a 50h energy reserve; the 37mm mannequin depends on automated calibre 5900 with the identical frequency however a barely increased energy reserve of 60 hours. Vaucher produces each calibres. The bridges are embellished with Côtes de Genève stripes, and the 22k pink gold rotor has sandblasted areas, satin finishings and polished chamfers.
Fast information: Royal Oak Selfwinding 34mm ref. 7451BC.ZZ.1261BC.01 / ref. 15551BC.ZZ.1356BC.01 in 37mm – 18k white gold case 34mm x 8.8mm and 37mm x 9.4mm – polished and brushed surfaces – 32 baguette-cut diamonds set in bezel – glare-proofed sapphire crystal back and front – 50m water-resistance – smoked blue dial with Grand Tapisserie sample – 12 baguette-cut diamond hour markers – white gold Royal Oak arms with luminescence – tone-on-tone date window at 3 o’clock – automated calibre 5800 (34mm) and calibre 5900 (37mm) by Vaucher – 4 Hz – 50h energy reserve 34mm – 60h energy reserve 37mm – 18k white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp – Worth upon request (in extra of 100k)
Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm
This 38mm reference is essentially the most compact Royal Oak Chronograph in manufacturing. With an affordable top of 11mm, the 18k white gold case displays the updates practised in 2022. Nevertheless, not like the bigger 41mm reference, this mannequin will not be fitted with the brand new in-house chronograph calibre 4401 however depends on an built-in automated column-wheel motion by Frederic Piguet.
Gleaming with the sunshine of 32 baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel, the extraordinary blue Grand Tapisserie dial options a pretty gradient impact. Contrasting white gold luminescent arms and baguette-cut diamond hour markers contribute to legibility. The three snailed counters are framed with white gold and have white inscriptions.
Hidden by the stable white gold caseback is the automated calibre 2385 with a frequency of 3Hz and a 40h energy reserve.
Fast information: Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm ref. 26715BC.ZZ.1356BC.01 – 38mm x 11mm – 18k white gold case, polished and brushed – 32 baguette-cut diamonds set in bezel – glare-proofed sapphire crystal back and front – 50m water-resistance – gradient blue dial with Grand Tapisserie sample – baguette-cut diamond hour markers – white gold Royal Oak arms with luminescence – blue snailed counters – tone-on-tone date window at 4:30h – automated built-in column-wheel chronograph calibre 2385 by Piguet – 3Hz – 40h energy reserve – 18k white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp – Worth upon request (in extra of 100k)
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