In a yr of transition and of delicate creativity, many luxurious manufacturers have performed on the protected aspect and launched solely minor new fashions, or just evolutions of current watches. Assume new colors, new supplies, the addition of problems, however not a lot was groundbreakingly new. But, in lately of conservatism, some manufacturers have proven audacity and haven’t held again their launch schedule. Amongst them was Audemars Piguet, which has clearly been on the lively aspect of issues this yr. And new fashions are to be seen in each assortment, from the basic Royal Oak to Code 11.59, however the focus of the yr has definitely been the Royal Oak Offshore vary, with evolutions to be seen in all places. Listed here are what the MONOCHROME staff thinks are essentially the most notable new fashions of Audemars Piguet in 2021.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Further-Skinny 15202PT Smoked Inexperienced
One of many first watches launched by Audemars Piguet in 2021, this smoked inexperienced RO Jumbo in platinum may additionally be probably the most fascinating… and one of many least accessible too (sure, don’t even think about getting into a store and ordering one…) Primarily based on the basic 15202, which might be changed in 2022 by a brand new Royal Oak Jumbo Further-Skinny, this full platinum version is one way or the other the final of the sequence and is generally notable for its materials, and for its unprecedented dial with out the standard tapisserie sample. As an alternative, AP opted for a gradient inexperienced base color with a basic sunray-brushed sample. And it seems to be gorgeous. The remainder of the watch, together with the calibre 2121, is equivalent to different 15202 fashions – proportions too, with a 39mm diameter. This “swan tune” might be remembered as top-of-the-line editions of the present Jumbo.
Fast details: 39mm x 8.1mm – 950 platinum case – Smoked inexperienced dial with sunray-brushed sample – Calibre 2121, in-house – extra-thin automated – platinum Royal Oak built-in bracelet – 15202PT.OO.1240PT.01 – 100 items produced in 2021 – CHF 90,150 (excl. taxes)
The brand new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Assortment
A contemporary new look (that also seems to be acquainted), a brand new motion, extra refined particulars and interchangeable straps. That is what it is best to anticipate from the revamped Royal Oak Offshore Diver Assortment. A protracted-lasting mannequin and a pillar of the ROO assortment, the Diver has been completely redesigned in 2021, with refined but welcome updates. The dials, in addition to the colors, are additionally new and extra refined than earlier than, but this watch stays an ideal instance of ultra-robust luxurious watch – it might probably even stand up to 300m of depth. Beneath the blue, gray or khaki dial is the brand new calibre 4308, which has first been introduced on Code 11.59. It beats at 4Hz and boasts 60 hours of energy reserve. And the gathering now consists of interchangeable straps with a intelligent system, and all watches include a pair of rubber straps – and lots of extra colors are stocked in shops. A terrific replace that retains the beloved components of the primary editions.
Fast details: 42mm x 14.1mm – chrome steel case, 300m WR and inner rotating bezel – Dial with Méga Tapisserie sample – Calibre 4308, in-house, automated – Interchangeable rubber strap with extra rubber strap included – 15720ST.OO.A052CA.01 Khaki inexperienced, 15720ST.OO.A027CA.01 Navy blue, 15720ST.OO.A009CA.01 Gray – CHF 21,650 (excl. taxes)
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26238ST “The Beast”
2021 marks the return of probably the most highly effective designs ever created by AP, in a kind that remembers the early Nineteen Nineties. In 1993, the model launched the Offshore, a watch that introduced spectacular boldness to the basic Royal Oak and the primary watch to inaugurate this look was a blue chronograph that gained the nickname “the beast”. This yr, AP pays tribute to this necessary watch (it clearly outlined a brand new style) by releasing the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26238ST. Visually, it’s nearly equivalent to the 1993 model, solely altered by small modifications. And it nonetheless seems to be as contemporary as new. Inside, nonetheless, that’s a totally totally different story because the outdated modular motion has been changed by a contemporary in-house, built-in flyback chronograph, the calibre 4404 – first present in Code 11.59, tailored right here with an ample 3-6-9 format. It additionally comes with a brand new interchangeability system and an extra blue rubber strap is included.
Fast details: 42mm x 15.2mm – chrome steel case with blue rubber accents – blue dial with “petite tapisserie” sample – calibre 4404, in-house, built-in automated flyback chronograph – built-in chrome steel bracelet and blue rubber strap included – 26238ST.OO.2000ST.01 – CHF 34,500 (excl. taxes)
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 34mm Black Ceramic
The total black ceramic Royal Oak is without doubt one of the most fascinating seems to be that the model launched lately. Not solely it’s visually gorgeous nevertheless it additionally requires spectacular expertise to realize such exact manufacturing on the angular case and bracelet. Inaugurated in 2017 in a perpetual calendar, till now the total ceramic type has been reserved for classy watches. In 2021, AP launched the primary black ceramic RO with out high-end problems, and in a female dimension. And the outcome, a 34mm black watch with gold-coloured accents, will make just a few males jealous – although it might look equally good on a person’s wrist. And since it’s the 34mm version, it’s powered by a time-and-date automated motion, the Calibre 5800, which isn’t produced in-house however by high-end motion maker Vaucher. And now, think about this look with the 39mm Jumbo Further-Skinny configuration…
Fast details: 34mm x 8.8mm – black ceramic case with 18k rose gold screws and titanium caseback – Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” sample and pink gold accents – Calibre 5800, Vaucher base VMF 3000, automated – Black ceramic bracelet – 77350CE.OO.1266CE.01 – EUR 45,600 (incl. taxes)
Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph Gold & Ceramic
If the primary years of Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet have been a bit troublesome, it have to be mentioned that the model is recurrently correcting the complaints concerning this assortment by including new, bolder colors and new supplies to reinforce the fantastic thing about its case – sure, it actually is an impressive case, prefer it or not. For 2021, AP created what we expect is the very best model of the Selfwinding Chronograph, a watch that mixes an 18k rose gold bezel and caseback with a center case made from black ceramic. And it actually emphasizes the architectural design of this case. It’s paired with a gradient, vertically brushed gray dial that appears nice with the nice and cozy gold alloy. Beneath the sapphire caseback is the model’s trendy, built-in and in-house flyback chronograph calibre 4401. And for an off-the-cuff look, it’s worn on a black, rubber-coated textile strap. Additionally accessible in white gold.
Fast details: 41mm x 12.6mm – 18k gold and black ceramic case – Smoked gray dial with vertical satin-brushed end – calibre 4401, in-house, built-in automated flyback chronograph, column wheel and vertical clutch – Black textile strap, rubber-coated – 26393NR.OO.A002CA.01 pink gold, 26393NB.OO.A002CA.01 white gold – CHF 38,650 (excl. taxes)
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