Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm in Frosted Gold

Audemars Piguet has launched two new versions of the Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph in 41 mm. To coincide with the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, each reference benefits from the Manufacture’s latest design evolution debuting across the collection in 2022.

Executed in a choice of 18-carat white or yellow gold, the case and bracelet elegantly shimmer with Frosted Gold. Each model is enhanced by a Grande Tapisserie dial matched to the case’s colour and contrasted with black counters. Lastly, each timepiece is equipped with the Manufacture’s latest generation flyback chronograph movement, the self-winding Calibre 4401.

The two new 18-carat white or yellow gold AP Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph watches shimmer with Frosted Gold. They adorn a grey or yellow-gold toned Grande Tapisserie dial matched to the case colour and enhanced with black counters.

To celebrate the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, both the white and the yellow gold case, paired with matching integrated bracelets, encompass the model’s new design evolution which makes its debut this year and is simultaneously presented on many Royal Oak versions measuring 34, 37, 38 and 41 mm.

The case and bracelet are endowed with larger polished chamfers which engage with light more noticeably, thereby intensifying the sparkling interaction with the adjacent Frosted Gold finish. Audemars Piguet has also made subtle modifications to the sapphire caseback, improving its integration with the case to sit more comfortably on the wrist.

The model’s contrasting textures confer a shimmering sparkle – from the grained yet smooth expanses of Frosted Gold and polished chamfers adorning the case and bracelet to the guilloché Grande Tapisserie dial.

The richly textured appearance of the Frosted Gold employs a technique also known as the Florentine finish, produced in collaboration with Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci. The resultant “diamond-dust” effect is achieved by gently tapping the case and bracelet with a diamond-tipped tool. This artisanal process imbues the various surfaces with small indentations which exhibit a brilliant appearance similar to that of precious stones.

The colour of the case and bracelet determines the tone of the Grande Tapisserie dial. The three black counters positioned on the dial provide an elegant contrast with the adjacent grey or yellow gold toned hues, while the Royal Oak hands and hour-markers, filled with the luminescent coating, echo the respective dial colour.

The self-winding Calibre 4401 is fully integrated and features a column wheel and a flyback function. Unlike a regular chronograph, the flyback function allows the wearer to stop, reset and start the chronograph in one simple action. The column wheel works in collaboration with a vertical clutch system. When starting or stopping the chronograph, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping.

Furthermore, the push-pieces feel smooth when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands instantaneously resets to zero. The movement is adorned with refined finishing, including Côtes de Genève, circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers throughout. Visible through the sapphire caseback, these decorations further the two timepieces’ elegant aesthetic.

Initially, both versions of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Chronographs will be sold exclusively in Japan from May to July 2022. Thereafter, the models will be available globally from August 2022.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph / 41 mm

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 4401
Total diameter: 32 mm (14lignes)
Total thickness: 6.8 mm
Number of parts: 381
Number of jewels: 40
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 70 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flyback chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date.

Case, dial and strap

Reference: 26240BC.GG.1324BC.01

Case
Hammered 18-carat white gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50m

Dial
Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, black counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Reference: 26240BA.GG.1324BA.01

Case
Hammered 18-carat yellow gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50m

Dial
Yellow-gold-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, black counters, yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp