Launched in Italy in September 2021 and available globally from October, the new 18-carat pink gold Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Open-worked timepiece by Audemars Piguet is adorned with 436 baguette-cut diamonds.
This 41 mm iteration complements the elegant model in white gold released in 2020. The diamonds’ purity and shimmering effect create interesting plays of light and illuminate the cutting-edge double balance wheel mechanism visible on both sides of the watch.
The 436 baguette-cut diamonds adorning the case, bracelet and bezel of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Open-worked have been carefully selected to respond to the Manufacture’s highest criteria in terms of clarity, cut and colour. The diamonds have been individually cut and polished to reach clear and sharp angles before being invisibly set by hand.
The glittering case and bracelet illuminate the open-worked mechanism, whose rhodium-toned hues harmoniously echo the grey shades of the inner bezel and reflecting diamonds.
To add a subtle hint of colour, the hour-markers are adorned with 11 pink gold-toned baguette-cut sapphires, around which rotate the 18-carat pink gold Royal Oak hands. Visible through the sapphire caseback, the 22-carat pink gold double balance wheel pushes the contrast further for a refined touch down to the last detail.
The diamond-set pink gold bezel offers a scintillating frame to Calibre 3132, equipped with a double balance wheel mechanism. This patented innovation, released by Audemars Piguet in 2016, improves the watch’s precision and stability. By incorporating two balance wheels and two hairsprings assembled on the same axis, the system oscillates in perfect synchrony. Visible on both sides of the case, the double balance wheel confers a rare glimpse at the watch’s beating heart.
In addition, the open-worked bridges reveal part of the gear train on the dial and caseback sides. An Audemars Piguet speciality since the 1930s, open-working is an art balancing aesthetic and function.
Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Open-worked / 41 mm
18-carat pink gold case and bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Case thickness: 10 mm
Rhodium-toned open-worked movement, hour-markers set with pink gold-toned baguette-cut sapphires, pink gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, grey inner bezel
Self-winding Calibre 3132
Total diameter: 26.6mm (11 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 5.6mm
Number of jewels: 38
Number of parts: 245
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 45 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Hours, minutes, centre seconds
18-carat pink gold bracelet set with baguette-cut diamonds with 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp set with baguette-cut diamonds
436 baguette-cut diamonds and 11 baguette-cut sapphires for a total of 44.8 carats
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