Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Black Ceramic 41mm

Audemars Piguet unveils a new version of its 41mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph, for the first time, crafted in black ceramic.

As the Manufacture celebrates the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, this new reference features the collection’s latest dial design and“50-years” dedicated anniversary oscillating weight.

This latest version of the 41mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph is encased in black ceramic with contrasting pink gold accents appearing on the dial.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Black Ceramic 41mm

While black ceramic exhibits a contemporary appearance, it draws on the traditions of the Manufacture’s craftsmanship. Each ceramic component is pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed prior to being finished by hand, culminating in polished chamfers juxtaposed with Audemars Piguet’s trademark satin-brushed and polished surfaces.

The black dial incorporates a Grande Tapisserie pattern and matching counters enhanced by fine pink-gold-toned threads. Additional pink gold highlights, including applied hour-markers, Royal Oak hands and the Audemars Piguet signature, deliver eye-catching contrast.

To celebrate the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, this new 41mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph housed in black ceramic sports the collection’s new evolutionary dial design.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Black Ceramic 41mm

The artisans have harmonised the size of the luminescent facetted hour-markers and the hands – both recognisable codes of the Royal Oak – while retaining their aesthetics, reinforcing the coherence between the different models across the collection, regardless of diameter and material.

In addition, the logo has been reworked. A gold Audemars Piguet signature endowed with a unique topography now replaces the applied AP monogram and the printed “AUDEMARS PIGUET” at 12 o’clock. The embossed signature adorning the new Royal Oak “anniversary” models was originally conceived for the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection.

Made of thin layers of 24-carat gold, the signature is achieved through a chemical process akin to 3D printing known as galvanic growth. Each letter is connected with links approximately the size of a hair and placed on the dial by hand with tiny legs almost invisible to the naked eye.

By increasing the size of the small seconds display, all three counters share the same diameter, augmenting readability. The central sweep seconds hand features a new style of counterweight encompassing a new trapezoidal openworked profile.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Black Ceramic 41mm

Beating inside this new AP chronograph, the self-winding Calibre 4401is 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, all of which are visible via the sapphire caseback.

This new version of the 41mm AP Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph is fitted with a dedicated anniversary openworked oscillating weight in blackened 22-carat gold, which features the “50-years” logo and the engraved Audemars Piguet signature.

On this occasion, the oscillating weight has been blackened in order to match the colour of the case. Similar to the case, the oscillating weight has been finished with alternating satin-finished surfaces and polished chamfers.

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.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph / 41 mm
Reference 26240CE.OO.1225CE.01

Case
Black ceramic case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Sapphire and titanium caseback
Black ceramic push-pieces
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50 meters

Movement
Selfwinding 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.

Dial
Black dial with Grande Tapisserie pattern, black counters
Pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Black ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp