Audemars Piguet has slightly evolved the 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding fully dressed in black ceramic on the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.
While the case’s design remains unchanged, the black dial benefits from the latest design evolution debuted in 2022 on several 34, 37, 38 and 41 mm Royal Oak models. The watch is also fitted with the dedicated anniversary oscillating weight.
The latest 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding in black ceramic encompasses the Royal Oak’s dedicated “50-years” oscillating weight in celebration of the collection’s 50th anniversary as well as a slight dial evolution.
Similarly to last year, this 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding timepiece adorns a black guilloché “Grande Tapisserie” dial contrasted with scintillating pink gold accents. Yet, it benefits from the refined dial design evolution debuting in 2022 on some of the Royal Oak models in 34, 37, 38 and 41 mm.
The logo now presents an applied Audemars Piguet signature crafted in 24-carat pink gold achieved through galvanic growth – a chemical process akin to 3D printing. Each letter is connected with links approximately the size of a hair and placed by hand on the dial with tiny legs almost invisible to the eye. This long-form signature appears at 12 o’clock without the AP monogram for added refinement.
While keeping with the Royal Oak’s aesthetic codes, the size and length of the faceted hour-markers and hands have been harmonised with the rest of the anniversary Royal Oak Selfwinding and Selfwinding Chronograph models across the collection for optimum visibility.
Similarly to last year’s version, the watch’s black ceramic case and bracelet are embellished with 18-carat pink gold hexagonal screws, which secure the bezel onto the case, for a refined two-tone contrast. All the case and bracelet components have been finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers, providing an ever-changing play of light.
The black ceramic bracelet has been slightly revised for more visual appeal. The pins connecting the links to the studs are no longer visible on the bracelet’s sides, but fitted directly into the studs.
The watch’s titanium sapphire caseback reveals Calibre 5800, fitted with the dedicated anniversary oscillating weight in 22-carat pink gold featuring the engraved “50-years” logo and the Audemars Piguet signature.
In addition to echoing the watch’s pink gold highlights, it is decorated with an elegant alternation of satin-finishing, micro bead-blasting and polished chamfers.
The “50-years” oscillating weight can be admired on the Royal Oak anniversary models throughout 2022.
Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic/ 34 mm
Black ceramic case, 18-carat pink gold screws
Case diameter: 34mm
Case thickness: 8.8 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Titanium sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m
Selfwinding Calibre 5800
Total diameter: 23.9 mm (10 ½ lignes)
Total thickness: 4.0 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Number of parts: 186
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 50 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date
Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
Black ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp