The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel

Audemars Piguet presents its new Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel, a timepiece that combines black ceramic with 18-carat white gold.

Invented in the 17th century, wandering hours are a type of horological complication that display the hours using a system of satellites that gravitate along a minute scale arranged in the form of an arc. This system was rediscovered and reintroduced by Audemars Piguet in 1991.

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel

Named the Starwheel, this unusual mechanism equipped many models up until the early 2000s. Today, the Starwheel is making a comeback in the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection.

Equipped solely with a seconds hand, the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel indicates the time using three discs that point to a 120-degree scale graduated with 60 minutes.

The new Starwheel is a continuation of the models from the 1990s and is housed in the ultra-contemporary Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet case, whose architectural lines are enhanced by the wandering time display.

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel

The architecture of the case is reinforced by the overlapping of geometric shapes, including a round bezel, caseback and Starwheel discs as well as a rounded octagonal case middle.

Blue aventurine serves as a shimmering backdrop for the three discs that rotate on their own axes, like planets in the tiny universe of the dial. The three slightly domed discs are made of aluminium and are tinted black thanks to a PVD treatment, before being adorned with an opaline sand-blasted finishing touch.

The white wandering hours numerals are then transferred onto the dial. Following the contemporary design, the 120-degree minute sector, which extends in an arc from 10 to 2 o’clock, and the inner bezel, are both black with white minute indications.

This new 41 mm reference plays with materials by combining aventurine with 18-carat white gold and black ceramic. This diversity of materials as well as the refined hand finishing – a signature of the Manufacture, which creates an infinite play of light – underscores the complex design of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection. In addition to this, the 18-carat white gold bezel, lugs and caseback contrast with the black case middle and the new black ceramic crown.

Like the gold components, the ceramic case middle is meticulously finished with the iconic interplay of polished bevels and satin-finished surfaces. Furthermore, Audemars Piguet artisans have used their expertise to achieve the perfect alignment between the multiple angular and round surfaces of the case, which is only possible thanks to their manual craftsmanship.

On the dial side, the double-curved sapphire crystal magnifies both the numerous details present in the blue aventurine and the finishing of the various elements, while also bringing increased depth to the dial.

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel

On the back of the watch, the sapphire crystal reveals the movement with the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight dedicated to the collection. This new reference is fitted with a textured black rubber-coated strap and a new pin buckle engraved with the Audemars Piguet logo, instead of the usual AP monogram.

For the very first time, the emblematic Starwheel display is integrated into the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection with the selfwinding Calibre 4310.

This next-generation hour, minute and seconds movement is directly derived from the Calibre 4309, to which a new module has been added. Combining watchmaking technology, traditional know-how and refined decorations, this movement has a minimum power reserve of 70 hours and is water-resistant to 30 metres.

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel

The time display is achieved thanks to a central rotor operating a complete revolution in three hours and on which are fixed three aluminium discs that turn on their own axes.

Each disc has four digits from 1to 12 that take turns in pointing to the arched sector at the top of the dial on which the minute scale is printed. The 18-carat white gold trotteuse is slightly curved at the tip to follow the relief of the discs, indicating the seconds like in a traditional timepiece.

History of Timepieces with Wandering Hours

The wandering hours system can be traced back to the 17th century following a special request from Pope Alexander VII. Suffering from insomnia that was aggravated by the ticking of a clock, he ordered a “night clock” from the Campani brothers who were clockmakers based in Rome. He requested a clock that would be silent and easy to read in the dark.

The Campani brothers presented the Pope with the first wandering hours clock, where the time was read on a semi-circle in an aperture that indicated the quarter hours and was lit from the inside. This night clock was the precursor of the wandering hours system.

From the end of the 17th century, this complication was introduced into pocket watches without backlighting. While the arc-shaped aperture still measured 180 degrees, the minutes were graduated in addition to the quarter hours for greater precision.

In the 19th century, the popularity of the wandering hours complication started to wane. The timekeepers that were produced at this time presented a sector of 120 degrees to facilitate the reading of the time. The quarter hours disappeared along with the small window for the hours, although the display remained mysterious as the mechanism was still hidden.

The 360-degree wandering hours version made an appearance at this time too, although it was gradually replaced by the jumping hour that was to become typical of the Art Deco period during the first half of the 20th century.

In 1989, an Audemars Piguet watchmaker rediscovered the wandering hours system in an article in the Journal Suisse d’horlogerie.

In 1991, after 18 months of development, the Manufacture’s first wandering hours watch was presented (Ref. 25720). Named the “Star Wheel” – probably in reference to the three stars that support the sapphire hour discs fixed on a large central wheel – this watch broke the mystery of its operation by revealing the mechanism.

Between 1991 and 2003, around 30 “Star Wheel” models were produced by the Manufacture in several different collections. These aesthetically creative timepieces varied in design with the arc-shaped aperture present in different lengths and locations, some of which also incorporated gem-setting and open-working.

Today, with the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel, the Manufacture is reviving this little-known complication as well as paying a highly contemporary tribute to traditional watchmaking.

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel/ 41 mm
Reference 15212NB.OO.A002KB.01

Case
Black ceramic case middle and crown
18-carat white gold bezel, lugs and caseback
Double glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Case diameter: 41 mm
Case thickness: 10.7 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 30 m

Dial
Blue aventurine dial, black opalinealuminiumdiscs,18-carat white gold hands and black inner bezel.

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 4310
Total diameter: 32 mm (14lignes)
Total thickness: 6.05 mm
Number of parts: 261
Number of jewels: 32
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 70 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Bracelet
Textured black rubber-coated strap with 18-carat white gold pin buckle

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Blue Ceramic

Audemars Piguet presents a new variation of its Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked. The 41 mm case, which for the first time combines 18-carat white gold with blue ceramic, houses the Calibre 2948, a hand-wound open-worked tourbillon movement. This model is a limited edition of 50 pieces.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Blue Ceramic

The 41 mm case of this new Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked features a blue ceramic case middle that is contrasted with an 18-carat white gold bezel, lugs and caseback. While blue ceramic was already employed in the Royal Oak Offshore collection in 2020 (ref. 26405CE), this is the first time that it appears on a Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet.

Like the gold components, the ceramic case middle is meticulously hand-finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers. The artisans’ final challenge was to reach perfect alignment between the rounded and angular surfaces of the ceramic and white gold elements, while offering a fascinating interplay with the light – a task only achievable by hand.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Blue Ceramic

Further enhancing the blue ceramic case middle, the electric blue openworked elements and lacquered inner bezel reinforce the timepiece’s two-tone aesthetic. The white gold and sapphire caseback is engraved with the words “Limited Edition of 50 pieces.”

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Blue Ceramic

This timepiece is equipped with the Calibre 2948, a hand-wound openworked tourbillon movement that is built on several levels. Its openworked mainplate and bridges come in shades of blue obtained by a process called ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition).

This deep blue is illuminated by a pink-gold-toned balance wheel and an openworked barrel that reveals the spring and the light grey geartrain within. The mainplate and bridges are visible on both sides of the watch and are vertically satin-brushed to contrast with the hand-polished angles, while the snail-finished barrel sits next to some of the gears that are decorated with circular satin brushing.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Blue Ceramic

With 70 hand-polished V-angles, the finishing of this 3.65 mm thick movement has pushed the limits of openworking to new heights, with the tricolour decorations amplifying the 3D effect.

The blue CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) inner bezel complements the openworked movement and accentuates the extreme thinness of the bezel that is barely visible around the dial. The long 18-carat pink gold hands add a subtle touch of colour that matches the balance wheel.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Blue Ceramic

The double-curved sapphire crystal perfectly fits the extra-thin bezel, playing with the depth and light, while also highlighting the openworked movement’s multitude of details.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Blue Ceramic

This complicated timepiece is fitted with a contemporary blue textured rubber-coated strap lined with calfskin leather. The strap is directly integrated with the lugs and the extra-thin bezel, accentuating the refined hand finishing on the case.

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked / 41 mm
Reference 26600NB.OO.D346KB.01

Movement
Calibre 2948, hand-wound
Total diameter: 32.25 mm (141/3 lignes)
Total thickness: 3.65 mm
Number of parts: 196
Number of jewels: 19
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 72 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Tourbillon, hours and minutes

Case
Blue ceramic case middle
18-carat white gold bezel and lugs
Case thickness: 10.7 mm
Case diameter: 41 mm
Double-curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water resistant to 20 m

Dial
Blue CVD inner bezel and 18-carat pink gold hands.

Strap
Blue textured rubber-coated strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The new variation of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph juxtaposes 18-carat pink gold and black ceramic. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor unveiled in 2021, this new timepiece is limited to 50 pieces and combines contemporary design with ancestral know-how.

It comes in a two-tone black ceramic and 18-carat pink gold case that highlights the complex architecture of the collection along with the three-dimensional aesthetic of the movement.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

With its contemporary design, black ceramic provides a blank canvas for the traditional skills of the Manufacture’s craftspeople. Each component is pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed before being painstakingly hand-finished with the brand’s trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers. These finishes can notably be admired on the model’s case middle, offering a fascinating interplay with the light.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The ultra-thin bezel, stylised lugs, crown and push-pieces are all crafted in 18-carat pink gold for a powerful and elegant contrast that harmoniously matches the ceramic and illuminates its dark aesthetic.

Echoing the two-tone case, the architectural movement is comprised of openworked bridges in both black and pink-gold tones, matching with the pink gold-toned balance wheel. The 18-carat white gold hands bring light into the heart of the movement, while the bridges and decorative elements feature 111 V-angles that have been sandblasted, satin-finished and polished by hand.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The decoration of the movement underlies the technical and extremely precise know-how of Audemars Piguet’s artisans. This meticulous work provides an interplay of shiny and matte finishes that create a captivating play with light reflections, bringing depth to the different levels of the movement.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph/ 41 mm

The transparent chronograph counters and the flying tourbillon cage at six o’clock also reveal parts of the watch mechanism below, allowing the viewer to admire the finesse of the different decorative techniques. This timepiece has a water resistance of 20 metres.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

Inside beats the Calibre 2952, Audemars Piguet’s latest automatic movement that is equipped with a hypnotic flying tourbillon and a contemporary flyback chronograph. This mechanism allows the chronograph to be reset and restarted with one push, without having to stop it first. This high-complication caliber is capable of delivering 65-hour power reserve.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The sapphire caseback reveals essential elements among the movement’s 479 components, including the 22-caratpink gold oscillating weight. The caseback also bears the engraving “Limited Edition of 50 Pieces.”

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph/ 41 mm
Reference 26399NR.OO.D002KB.01

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2952
Total diameter: 32.6 mm (14½ lignes)
Total thickness: 8.22 mm
Number of parts: 479
Number of jewels: 40
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, flyback chronograph, hours and minutes

Case
Black ceramic case middle
Bezel, lugs, push-pieces and crown in 18-caratpink gold
Case thickness: 13.8 mm
Case diameter: 41mm
Double-curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 20m

Dial
Black lacquered inner bezel, 18-carat white gold hands.

Strap
Black textured rubber-coated strap with 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

The latest Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon comes with a black onyx dial and an attractive two-tone case design interweaving black ceramic with 18-carat white gold.

The black onyx dial’s purity is highlighted by the absence of hour-markers. This stone dial has been crafted in collaboration with long-term partner Someco, a company specialised in dial manufacturing since 1966 and located in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Carved out of a single black onyx stone, the dial has then been cut into a thin disc, ground, sanded and polished to perfection before being inserted into the dial’s pink-gold-toned brass base plate. Its polished finishing confers it an elegant shine, magnified by the watch’s double curved sapphire crystal.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

Each dial is unique, as each stone has its own natural composition, texture and colour and reacts differently to the manufacturing and finishing operations.

The overall minimalist design is enriched with pink gold accents, including pink gold hands and a discreet pink-gold-toned minute track printed on the black lacquered inner bezel.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

The polished laser-cut pink gold “Audemars Piguet” signature has been applied onto the dial with dedicated legs specifically adapted to the stone’s thickness. Lastly, the flying tourbillon cage, encircled by a delicate pink-gold-toned thread, matching with the balance wheel pulsating within, makes its rotations at 6 o’clock.

For the first time, the top bridge of the flying tourbillon cage has been finished with black PVD in an echo to the dial’s colour. The black rubber-coated strap, finished with a textured motif, enhances the watch’s contemporary look.

The Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is endowed with a contemporary two-tone case design. While the bezel, lugs and caseback are crafted in 18-carat white gold, the octagonal case middle is honed from black ceramic.

First introduced on the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph in 2021, this two-tone case aesthetic makes its debut this year on some of the collection’s complicated models.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

Similarly to the 2021 Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph, the ceramic case middle has been crafted in collaboration with Bangerter, a Swiss family-owned company specialised in the manufacturing of precision components made of advanced ceramics, tungsten carbide and other super hard materials.

Like the gold components, the ceramic case middle is meticulously hand-finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers, endowing the timepiece with a rich play of light.

As previous iterations, this new model is powered by selfwinding Calibre 2950. While the flying tourbillon made its appearance in 2018 in the Royal Oak Concept collection, the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet first introduced this prestigious mechanism coupled with a central rotor in 2019.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

Visible on the dial and through the sapphire caseback, the flying tourbillon cage constantly rotates itself while offering an unobstructed view of some of the watch’s regulating components. The flying tourbillon’s absence of bridges also furthers the dial’s minimalist aesthetic.

The timepiece’s sapphire caseback reveals the collection’s dedicated 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight and the refined finishing adorning Calibre 2950, including Côtes de Genève, traits tirés, snailing and circular graining, among other techniques.

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon / 41 mm
Reference 26396NB.OO.D002KB.01

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2950
Total diameter: 31.50 mm (13 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 6.19 mm
Number of parts: 270
Number of jewels: 27
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes

Case
Black ceramic case middle
18-carat white gold bezel, lugs, caseback and crown
Double-curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 20 m
Case thickness: 11.8 mm

Dial
Black onyx dial, 18-carat pink gold hands, black lacquered inner bezel

Strap
Black rubber-coated strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Blue Ceramic

Audemars Piguet has launched a new version of its Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, for the first time entirely crafted in blue ceramic. Its Grande Tapisserie dial and subdials also present electric blue hues.

For the first time, the 41 mm case and bracelet of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar are entirely honed from blue ceramic.

A light material resistant to wear and scratches, ceramic accentuates the slenderness of this timepiece measuring 9.5 mm in thickness.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Blue Ceramic

The Le Brassus artisans have finished each ceramic component with the same detailed and meticulous hand-finishes as they would if they were honed from precious metals: the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers has been applied by hand with extreme care, resulting in a rich play of light which enhances both the ceramic and the multifaceted architecture of the Royal Oak.

The Manufacture’s artisans have harmonised the blue-toned colours of the Grande Tapisserie dial, subdials and inner bezel, obtained by Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), to the blue ceramic case and bracelet, conferring the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar a contemporary monochromatic aesthetic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Blue Ceramic

The 18-carat white gold applied hour-markers and facetted hands, filled with luminescent coating for optimum visibility in the dark, provide a bright contrast.

With its three calendar subdials and moon phase aperture equally distributed on the dial, the watch presents a fine aesthetic balance, while granting optimum legibility of the hours, minutes, day, date, week, month, astronomical moon and leap year indication.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Blue Ceramic

This new model is equipped with the selfwinding Calibre 5134, which testifies to the Manufacture’s savoir-faire in terms of classic complications. This mechanism automatically takes into account the number of days in the month and correctly displays the prevailing date even in leap years. Assuming the watch is kept regularly wound, the date will not require manual adjustment until 2100 to stay in line with the Gregorian calendar.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Blue Ceramic

Launched in 2015, this movement measuring just 4.3 mm in thickness necessitated the re-arrangement of numerous components, including its 22-carat gold openworked oscillating weight.

The bulkiest part of the rotor has been positioned to its outer edge which is recessed within a channel encircling the movement, thereby mitigating height. Likewise, the choice of a suspended barrel has contributed to reducing the movement’s thickness.

The sapphire caseback reveals the traditional Haute Horlogerie decorations adorning Calibre 5134: Côtes de Genève, circular graining, sunray brushing and polished chamfers.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Blue Ceramic

Astronomical watches are deeply rooted in the Vallée de Joux’s watchmaking history, as watchmakers have always drawn inspiration from the region’s clear night sky. Audemars Piguet’s uninterrupted history of astronomical complications started with the two founders’ school pocket watch masterpieces, both completed around 1875.

The one of Jules Louis Audemars (Audemars Piguet Heritage Collection, Inv. 8), which combined a perpetual calendar with a quarter repeater mechanism and the rare independent deadbeat second function, saw several evolutions at the company’s workbenches over the following twenty years. Yet, during the company’s first two decades, calendar complications accounted for less than 10% of its total production.

Audemars Piguet’s first full calendar wristwatch was put into production in 1921 and sold three years later to the renowned retailer Gübelin.

From 1921 to 1970, 188 full calendar wristwatches were produced – a small part of the Manufacture’s total production during these years. In 1955, the company released the world’s first perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indication, 9 examples of which were created between 1955 and 1957.

The brand broke another record in 1978 at the height of the quartz crisis when it released the world’s thinnest selfwinding perpetual calendar wristwatch of its time. Conceived in secret by three devoted watchmakers, the ground-breaking perpetual calendar wristwatch achieved its extra-thinness (3.95 mm) by using the ultra-thin Calibre 2120, launched in 1967, as a base.

A total of 7,219 perpetual calendar wristwatches fitted with this calibre were put into production in the following 15 years. The success of Calibre 2120/2800 ushered in a new era of growth for Audemars Piguet and paved the way for the revival of classical complications. This calibre notably equipped many Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar models as early as 1984.

Launched in 2015, Calibre 5134 adapted the perpetual calendar movement to a larger Royal Oak 41 mm case diameter (Model 26574), while retaining a thin profile with its 4.3 mm in thickness. This calibre has powered numerous perpetual calendar wristwatches across the Manufacture’s collection ever since.

In 2018, the Manufacture opened yet another chapter in its history of perpetual calendar timepieces with the advent ofthe revolutionary 41 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, known as RD#2 – the world’s thinnest automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch upon release.

This 6.3mm-thick watch houses Calibre 5133, a newly engineered ultra-thin movement measuring a mere 2.89 mm in height, heralding yet another generation of astronomical watches.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar/ 41 mm
Reference 26579CS.OO.1225CS.01

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 5134
Total diameter: 29 mm (12¾lignes)
Total thickness: 4.3 mm
Number of parts: 374
Number of jewels: 38
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 40 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Perpetual calendar with day, date, week, month, astronomical moon and leap year indications, hours and minutes

Case
Blue ceramic case and screw-locked crown
Case diameter: 41mm
Case thickness: 9.5 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and titanium caseback
Water-resistant to 20 m

Dial
Blue dial with Grande Tapisserie pattern, blue subdials and inner bezel, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Blue ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

Audemars Piguet unveils its latest Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) model.

This 37 mm anniversary model, which complements the 39 mm “Jumbo” timepiece released earlier this year, features a plum dial with Petite Tapisserie pattern.

For the first time, Audemars Piguet introduces a flying tourbillon in this smaller diameter making it available to the slenderer wrists thanks to its latest ultra-thin selfwinding flying tourbillon movement, Calibre 2968, which measures a mere 3.4 mm in thickness and adorns a combination of traditional and contemporary hand-decorations.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm
The Calibre 2968 was developed over a five-year period. Integrating a flying tourbillon powered by an innovative escapement in a case of 39 mm and then 37 mm in diameter represents the Manufacture’s main technical achievement as this complication was previously reserved for 41 mm diameters.

The tourbillon cage, which is crafted in titanium, is notably equipped for the first time with a peripheral drive, which also contributes to its thinness. The combination of these two elements makes the distribution of energy to the tourbillon more fluid in addition to lightening and refining this regulating organ.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

In addition, the new escapement relies on an oscillator with increased amplitude that enhances reliability, energy distribution and precision.

In order to provide optimum visibility of both the flying tourbillon and the movement, Audemars Piguet engineers completely redesigned the architecture of the mechanism.

On the caseback side, the bridges have been open-worked to unveil the movement’s inner workings, while achieving a harmonious and symmetrical aesthetic. On the dial side, the geometry and positioning of the balance wheel arms have been modified to make the beating heart even more perceptible.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

The technical design of the movement results in the flying tourbillon being placed at the dial level, for a greater visual experience.

The hand decoration of the movement components, visible through the sapphire caseback, combines the dynamism and classicism of V-angles with the modernity of traits tirés – a finish that appears on the mainplate and bridges and replaces the traditional Côtes de Genève. The openworked, rhodium-toned bridges offer an unobstructed view on the contrasting pink-gold-toned elements of the mechanism.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

Similarly to its 39 mm counterpart, the timepiece adorns a Petite Tapisserie dial, but presented for the first time in a vivid plum hue, obtained by Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) to guarantee a light, homogeneous and lasting hue across all dials.

Inspired by the original model from 1972, this new reference also encompasses bathtub-shaped hour-markers and hands with a luminescent coating for optimum legibility in the dark.

The “Audemars Piguet” signature, as well as the minute track, has been printed in white onto the Tapisserie motif. Rotating at 6 o’clock, the titanium flying tourbillon cage provides a sharp contrast with the plum background, creating a mesmerising aerial effect.

Departing from Jumbo aesthetics, the hand-finished stainless steel case and bracelet of this 37 mm model incorporate the collection’s latest design evolution which was introduced at the beginning of the year on numerous Royal Oak models. The widened polished bevels and the increase taper of the bracelet links bestow the timepiece with a slenderer silhouette, while reinforcing its ergonomics.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

The Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin features a central oscillating weight mounted on ball bearings and equipped with two reversers that ensure bidirectional winding.

This dedicated rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold rotor, specifically developed for the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, bears the “50-years” logo and the Audemars Piguet signature engraved on its surface. Matching the tones of the stainless steel case and bracelet, it is adorned with the collection’s trademark polished and satin-brushed finishes that can be admired through the sapphire caseback.

In 1986, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s first selfwinding tourbillon wristwatch. Imagined by Jacqueline Dimier, the design placed the tourbillon escapement on the dial side for the very first time.

Calibre 2870 was housed in an ultra-thin case measuring a mere 5.3 mm thick. Its titanium tourbillon cage remains one of the smallest in the world today with a diameter of 7.2 mm, as well as one of the lightest with a weight of only 0.123 grams.

This model became known as the Tourbillon Selfwinding Ra (in reference to the Egyptian sun god) because Jacqueline Dimier’s design gave the tiny regulator the appearance of a sun, with its rays spreading across the dial.

This complicated wristwatch, of which 401 were produced until 1992, opened up a new avenue for Haute Horlogerie, which began to see a comeback of prestigious mechanisms including tourbillon watches.

Thirty years after Jacqueline Dimier’s model, the Manufacture, known for its ability to innovate, launched a series of Research and Development models.

In 2015, Audemars Piguet revealed its first RD#1 Royal Oak Concept Minute Repeater Supersonnerie prototype at SIHH, after eight years of research in partnership with EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a panel of experts composed of watchmakers, engineers, musicians and sound specialists.

This watch marked a significant step forward in terms of acoustic performance, sound amplification and sonic beauty, with the launch of the Supersonnerie mechanism. This system, for which three patents were filed, combines a novel chiming mechanism with an innovative case construction.

The commercial Royal Oak Concept Minute Repeater Supersonnerie version, which followed one year later, won the “Mechanical Exception Watch Prize” at the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

In 2019, Audemars Piguet unveiled a new innovation with its 41 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, whose prototype was presented a year earlier at SIHH under the name RD#2.

This 6.3 mm-thick calendar watch houses a movement that is only 2.89 mm thick, making it the world’s thinnest automatic calendar wristwatch of its time. To achieve this feat, the calendar functions usually mounted on three levels were brought together on a single plane.

The Manufacture’s experts also developed two patented innovations relating to the integration of the end-of-month cam with the date wheel and the association of the month cam with the month wheel.

Marking a turning point in the history of complication watches, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin earned Audemars Piguet the “Aiguille d’Or” award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in November 2019.

This year, the Manufacture’s latest technical advance, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin, follows in the footsteps of these previous innovations. The two RD#3 timepieces, powered by the new Calibre 2968, combine technical innovation and aesthetic refinement to pay a fine tribute to the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

Technical details

Model: Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) / 37 mm
Reference 26660ST.OO.1356ST.01

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 37mm
Case thickness: 8.1 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2968
Total diameter: 29.6 mm (13 lignes)
Total thickness: 3.4 mm
Number of parts: 226
Number of jewels: 33
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 50 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Dial
Plum dial with Petite Tapisserie pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

 

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

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition

Audemars Piguet presents five new Royal Oak Offshore models inspired by the world of music recording studios.

Available in 37 and 43 mm sizes, the new edition offers different materials: two models in titanium, two in gem-set 18-carat white gold and one in black ceramic. The Tapisserie dials bear the pattern of an equaliser (or VU meter) as found in recording studios.

The new AP Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition watches are equipped with self-winding movements driving hours, minutes and seconds hands: the new Calibre 5909 for the 37 mm models and Calibre 4309 for the 43 mm variants.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 43mm

The first two Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition models are made of titanium and available in 37 mm and 43 mm diameters, thus adapting to different wrist sizes. Both feature a blue dial that serves as a background for the printed coloured VU meter, creating a shimmering contrast.

The dial is complemented by the AP monogram in polished white gold at 12 o’clock, as well as 18-carat white gold hour-markers and hands featuring a luminescent coating for optimum visibility, particularly in the darkness of concert halls.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition 37mm

The 37 mm model displays the aesthetic codes of the Royal Oak Offshore chronographs of the same diameter and also picks up the enlarged bevels and the curved crystal of the latest 43 mm iterations.

The absence of a date window leaves plenty of space for the coloured equaliser motif. The timepiece is teamed with an interchangeable blue rubber strap bearing a “mosaic effect” pattern and matching the dial colour.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition 37mm

This is the first time that a 37 mm model has featured the interchangeable strap system introduced by the Manufacture in 2021 on the Royal Oak Offshore collection. The model comes complete with three additional turquoise, yellow and green rubber straps, also featuring a “mosaic effect” motif.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 43mm

The 43 mm version is a continuation of the models launched in 2021. It comes with an interchangeable blue rubber strap matching the dial, while three additional turquoise, yellow and green rubber straps are supplied in the presentation box.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 43mm case back

Equipped with a sapphire and titanium caseback engraved with the words “Limited Edition of 500 Pieces,” these two references offer a unique view of the self-winding movements powering them.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition

The new Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition line also includes two white gold 37 mm and 43 mm models whose dial and bezel are set with coloured “Harmony”-cut stones. Both versions feature a blue aventurine dial depicting a musical VU meter, just like the titanium models.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 43mm gem-set

The ten colours composing the columns of the equaliser are achieved here by using the invisible setting technique for various gems: rubies, peridots, tsavorites, green, blue and orange sapphires. Similar coloured stones (rubies, tsavorites, yellow, orange, green and blue sapphires) adorn the bezels of both references, harmoniously matching the shades of the dial.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition

The “Harmony” cut has been developed in the industry to give more life to extremely fine gemstones. The cutting angles of each stone’s faceted pavilion have been adapted to provide optimal reflection while retaining a maximum of colour despite the stones’ extreme fineness (0.65 mm for the dial).

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition

This technique also makes it possible to hide the grooves required for the invisible setting used on the dial to achieve a thin effect (maximum 0.85 mm for the dial). To reproduce the play of light on the dial, the stones adorning the bezel also feature the “Harmony” cut – an industry first for larger stones.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition gem-set

The 37 mm reference is adorned with 166 stones totalling ~3.7 carats, while the 43 mm variant sparkles with 230 stones totalling~6.15 carats. Like the titanium models, these two references feature the polished AP monogram at 12 o’clock as well as 18-carat white gold hour-markers and hands.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition gem-set

They are completed by a blue interchangeable strap – with a “mosaic effect” motif for the 37 mm reference – and come with three additional rubber straps in turquoise, yellow and green.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition

This new line dedicated to music is completed by a 43 mm diameter model designed in black ceramic. Its monochrome aesthetic is contrasted by titanium elements: the studs recalling the jack pattern, the fader-inspired crown guards and the strap pin buckle.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition

In contrast to the understated nature of this timepiece, the equaliser composed of 10 different colours printed onto the Tapisserie motif lights up the dial and gives it a very contemporary look.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition

The titanium and sapphire caseback revealing the hand-finished movement is engraved with the words “Limited Edition of 250 Pieces”.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition

This modern, high-contrast timepiece is complemented by an interchangeable black rubber strap that matches the tone of the case. Three additional rubber straps in turquoise, yellow and green allow for variations in style to suit the wearer’s mood.

All AP Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition models are driven by self-winding movements without date indication in order to keep the coloured pattern of the dial in the spotlight.

The two 37 mm references are equipped with the new Calibre 5909. This is the first time that a self-winding hours, minutes and seconds movement has been integrated within this diameter.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition 37mm

Calibre 5909 is based on Calibre 5900, which first appeared at Audemars Piguet in 2022 on the 37 mm Royal Oak references. Replacing Calibre 3120, this movement has the advantage of being thinner (3.9 mm instead of 4.26 mm) and offering a higher frequency than its predecessor (4 Hz instead of 3 Hz). It also has a 60-hour power reserve.

The 43 mm variations are driven by Calibre 4309, the most recent self-winding hours, minutes and seconds movement of this diameter developed by the Manufacture. Its generous size enables optimal timekeeping precision, while its power reserve of at least 70 hours when the watch is not worn is ideal.

All models have a sapphire caseback revealing emblematic Haute Horlogerie decorations, such as Côtes de Genève, satin-brushing, circular graining, traits tirés and polished chamfers, as well as the oscillating weight dedicated to the collection in 22-carat pink gold with black NAC coating.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition / 37 mm
Reference 77600TI.OO.A343CA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 37 mm Reference 77600TI.OO.A343CA.01

Case
Titanium case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50 m
Case thickness: 12.1 mm

Dial
Blue dial with printed VU meter, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 5909
Total diameter: 26.2 mm (11½ lignes)
Total thickness: 3.9 mm
Number of parts: 174
Number of jewels: 29
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 60 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Strap
Interchangeable blue rubber strap with “mosaic effect” pattern and titanium AP pin buckle
Three additional straps in turquoise, yellow and green rubber with “mosaic effect” pattern

Edition
Limited edition of 500 pieces

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition / 37 mm
Reference 77601BC.YY.D343CA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 37 mm Reference 77601BC.YY.D343CA.01

Case
Case and bezel in 18-carat white gold, bezel set with “Harmony”-cut coloured stones, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50 m
Case thickness: 12.1 mm

Dial
Blue aventurine dial set with coloured “Harmony”-cut stones forming a VU meter, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 5909
Total diameter: 26.2 mm (11½ lignes)
Total thickness: 3.9 mm
Number of parts: 174
Number of jewels: 29
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 60 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Strap
Interchangeable blue rubber strap with “mosaic effect” pattern and 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp
Three additional straps in turquoise, yellow and green rubber with “mosaic effect” pattern

Gem-setting
Dial set with 32 tsavorites(~0.31 carat),10peridots (~0.10 carat), 12 rubies (~0.13 carat) and 80 blue, green and orange sapphires (~0.88 carat), making a total of ~1.42 carats.
Bezel set with 4rubies (~0.3 carat), 10yellow and orange sapphires (~0.66 carat), 2green sapphires (~0.14 carat), 6tsavorites (~0.46 carats) and 10blue sapphires (~0.72 carat), making a total of ~2.28 carats.
In all: 166 “Harmony”-cut coloured stones (~3.7 carats).

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition / 43 mm
Reference 15600TI.OO.A343CA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 43 mm Reference 15600TI.OO.A343CA.01

Case
Titanium case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 100 m
Case thickness: 14.4 mm

Dial
Blue dial with offset VU meter, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 4309
Total diameter: 32 mm (14 lignes)
Total thickness: 4.8 mm
Number of parts: 225
Number of jewels: 32
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 70 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Strap
Interchangeable blue rubber strap with titanium AP pin buckle
Three additional straps in turquoise, yellow and green rubber

Edition
Limited edition of 500 pieces

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition / 43 mm
Reference 15600CE.OO.A002CA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 43 mm Reference 15600CE.OO.A002CA.01

Case
Black ceramic case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Black ceramic screw-locked crown
Titanium crown guards and studs
Water-resistant to 100 m
Case thickness: 14.4 mm

Dial
Black dial with printed VU meter, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 4309
Total diameter: 32 mm (14 lignes)
Total thickness: 4.8 mm
Number of parts: 225
Number of jewels: 32
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 70 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Strap
Interchangeable black rubber strap with titanium AP pin buckle
Three additional straps in turquoise, yellow and green rubber

Edition
Limited edition of 250 pieces

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition / 43 mm
Reference 15601BC.YY.D343CA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Music Edition 43 mm Reference 15601BC.YY.D343CA.01

Case
Case and bezel in 18-carat white gold, bezel set with “Harmony”-cut coloured stones
Case diameter: 43mm
Case thickness: 14.4 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Blue aventurine dial set with coloured “Harmony”-cut stones forming a VU meter, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 4309
Total diameter: 32 mm (14 lignes)
Total thickness: 4.8 mm
Number of parts: 225
Number of jewels: 32
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 70 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Strap
Interchangeable blue rubber strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp
Three additional straps in turquoise, yellow and green rubber

Gem-setting
Dial set with 54 tsavorites(~0.52 carat), 24 peridots (~0.21 carat), 18 rubies (~0.19 carat) and 102 blue, green and orange sapphires (~1.13 carats), making a total of ~2.05 carats.
Bezel set with 4 rubies (~0.54 carat), 10 yellow and orange sapphires (~1.32 carats), 2 green sapphires (~0.24 carat), 6 tsavorites (~0.68 carat) and 10 blue sapphires (~1.32 carats), making a total of ~4.1 carats.
In all: 230 “Harmony”-cut coloured stones (~6.15 carats).

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition

Audemars Piguet presents a new limited edition 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic watch in collaboration with Florentine fine-jewellery designer Carolina Bucci.

In celebration of the Royal Oak’s fiftieth anniversary, the Italian jewellery designer has created a dial endowed with a unique multi-coloured mirror effect paying tribute to the iconic Tapisserie design. The result is as unexpected as it is elegant. This limited edition is designed for both men and women and is available exclusively in Audemars Piguet boutiques and AP Houses.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition

For her third collaboration with Audemars Piguet, Carolina Bucci has left behind her hammering technique, known as Frosted Gold, to enrich an all-black ceramic piece with a surprising dial. Always looking to meet new challenges, she decided to focus on contrasts.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition

At first glance, the dial appears black, but on closer inspection it reveals a multi-coloured spectrum that brings the Tapisserie effect to life in the ever-changing light. To reach this result, a sapphire plate adorned with little squares achieved through micro-structuring is added on top of the brass dial plate to create rich rainbow-coloured plays of light.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition

A golden metallisation, specially developed for the occasion, is also applied onto the back of the sapphire plate to create a mirror effect and shines light onto the dial. The pattern of iridescent colours varies from dial to dial, making each design unique. This limited edition comes in a presentation box that has also been designed by Carolina Bucci. For this special occasion, the jewellery designer wanted to use the Tapisserie pattern in relief, going into the finest details, to pay homage to the 1972 classic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition

The black ceramic case and bracelet are highlighted by hexagonal pink gold screws that secure the bezel and create an elegant contrast of colours. All the components of the case and bracelet are finished with the Manufacture’s signature satin-finishing that is paired with polished chamfers for a maximum play on light.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition

The bracelet has been slightly revised to provide a better visual effect. The pins connecting the links to the studs are no longer visible from the side, but are directly integrated into the studs.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition

The titanium and sapphire caseback is engraved with the inscription “Limited Edition Carolina Bucci” and reveals the Calibre 5800 beneath, which indicates the hours, minutes, seconds and date. In keeping with the finish on the screws, hour-markers and hands, the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight features elegant microbead-blasted, polished and satin finishes.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition watch case back
On the dial, the AP monogram has vanished to leave pride of place to the long-form signature which has been engraved on top of the sapphire plate and filled with white lacquer due to the singularity of the dial imagined by Carolina Bucci.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic 34 mm Carolina Bucci Limited Edition

Carolina Bucci first started working with Audemars Piguet in 2016 for the 40th anniversary of the women’s Royal Oak that was created by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976. It was for this special occasion that the Italian designer was invited to reinterpret the original design by Gérald Genta. Together with the Manufacture’s watchmakers, she brought the ancestral technique of Florentine hammering, or Frosted Gold, to the complex architecture of the Royal Oak.

This technique consists of creating tiny indentations in the gold with a diamond-tipped tool that results in a sparkle that looks like diamond dust. Two models were initially released – the 15454 in 37 mm and the 67652 in 33 mm in a choice of white or pink gold – during an international event with Jacqueline Dimier in attendance.

This marked the beginning of Audemars Piguet’s collaboration with Carolina Bucci. Since 2016, the Frosted Gold finish has been applied to numerous watch collections, sizes and complications.

In 2018, the designer signed a limited edition of 300 pieces for Audemars Piguet, entirely crafted in frosted yellow gold with a unique dial. Instead of the model’s trademark Tapisserie design, Carolina Bucci chose a mirrored dial with a flat surface evoking the surface of a lake on a calm day, reflecting the surrounding landscape.

Despite its apparent simplicity, the mirrored dial presented a number of technical challenges that the Manufacture’s artisans were able to overcome to perfection.

In 2020, she went on to design the K.I.S.S. collection of gold bracelets – available in two sizes and numerous tones with matching necklaces – that were inspired by her previous projects with the Manufacture. These creations reinterpret the aesthetic codes of a mechanical watch spring, creating a link between Haute Joaillerie and Haute Horlogerie.

Today, Carolina Bucci pays tribute to the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, with a design in black ceramic contrasted with multi-coloured reflections on the dial, providing the watch with unexpected plays of light.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Carolina Bucci Limited Edition/ 34 mm
Reference: 77350CE.OO.1266CE.02

Case
Black ceramic case, 18-caratpink gold screws
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Titanium and glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water resistant to 50 m
Case thickness: 8.8 mm

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 5800
Total diameter: 23.9 mm (10 ½ lignes)
Total thickness: 3.9 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Number of parts: 186
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 50 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date

Dial
Rainbow-coloured sapphire dial with mirror polished effect highlighting the laser-structured drawing imitating the geometry of the Royal Oak Tapisserie, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Black ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Opens a New AP House in Meatpacking District, New York City

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has opened its first AP House in the United States, located in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

The AP House New York joins existing international locations in Bangkok, Barcelona, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Shanghai, St. Barths, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Zurich. The brand’s AP House concept represents the forward-thinking makeup of Audemars Piguet through its conceptually innovative, intimate and experiential approach to retail.

Audemars Piguet AP House in Meatpacking District, New York City

Officially opened on 23 May 2022, the AP House New York’s location is rich in historical context and underscores the brand’s blend of heritage and tradition. Designed as an authentic home away from home for lovers of the brand, the AP House concept was created in collaboration with some of the Manufacturer’s most valued clients

AP House New York’s location on the second floor of the original, 19th century building above Pastis in the Meatpacking District, illuminates Audemars Piguet as embracing modernity while honouring the brand’s legacy.

Audemars Piguet AP House in Meatpacking District, New York City

Eponymous with its origins, the Meatpacking District, positioned between Chelsea and Greenwich Village, is a storied neighbourhood in lower Manhattan that once hosted 250 butchers and packing plants. Historical, societal and industrial changes over time resulted in the districts reimagining.

The eventual opening of Keith McNally’s Pastis on Gansevoort Street in 1999 represented a true renaissance for the neighbourhood that is now home to world-renowned brands, galleries and hospitality.

Audemars Piguet AP House in Meatpacking District, New York City

The AP House’s space, with 5,100 square feet on the interior and 2,800 square feet of terrace, features comfort and a curated experience as the ultimate luxury amenities, as clients are invited to privately relax, reflect, connect or disconnect.

Audemars Piguet partnered with Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture to execute the interior design. One key hallmark of the AP House is an oak panelled gallery space displaying Audemars Piguet’s novelty and current collection timepieces, including a selection of Royal Oak 50th Anniversary references. Additionally, a heritage room allows clients and visitors to experience historical timepieces representing milestones of the brand’s history.

Audemars Piguet AP House in Meatpacking District, New York City

Other features include the terrace, an outdoor reprieve for guests’, a baby grand piano and a lounge area with windows facing the historic Gansevoort Street. Design elements such as wideplank oak floors, brick walls and plastered surfaces curate the ambiance of Audemars Piguet at AP House New York. Sixty custom-designed, mirrored vitrines anchor the space around its otherwise unspoken focal point: an enchantment with the world of Haute Horlogerie.

Conceived as a space of encounter, the AP House New York will also provide a platform to foster deeper relationships with clients and friends of the brand through exclusive experiences that showcase the Manufacture’s creations and its savoir-faire.

Contact details

AP House New York
52-58 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014 between Washington St & Greenwich St, 2nd-floor
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 – 5:00

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak New Design Evolution

On the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, Audemars Piguet has released an array of new selfwinding hour, minute, second and date models in 37 mm as well as new 38 and 41 mm selfwinding chronographs, which will be launched throughout the year.

Although retaining the aesthetic codes of the original Royal Oak designed by Gérald Genta, these new references present slight evolutions in terms of case, bracelet and dial design.

These evolutions align with the brand’s continuous improvement approach which has enabled the Manufacture to consistently push further the limits of design and mastery across generations.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm watch with Stainless steel case, pink gold bezel and silver tone Grande Tapisserie dial
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case, Pink gold bezel and Silver-toned Grande Tapisserie dial

In addition to welcoming new calibres, most of the new models are equipped with the dedicated Royal Oak “50-years” oscillating weight. Additional models in 41 and 34 mm will be available in the second half of 2022.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

The new selfwinding chronographs in 38 and 41 mm as well as the 37 mm selfwinding hour, minute, second and date models encompass a variety of materials and dial aesthetics as well as the new design evolution celebrating the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Paying tribute to the collection’s original aesthetics, while enhancing its ergonomics, the Manufacture has performed subtle changes on the Royal Oak case. The bevels adorning the top and the bottom of the case have been enlarged to enhance the play of light between the satin-finished and polished surfaces, while bestowing the watch with a slender aesthetic. For its part, the caseback has been slightly more integrated into the case middle to sit more comfortably on the wrist.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

To accentuate the finesse of the new case design, the integrated bracelet’s first four links are now trapezoid in shape and no longer parallel. This more pronounced decrease in thickness brings forward the bracelet’s taper for more visual appeal. Furthermore, the links are thinner throughout the bracelet, and therefore lighter, offering added comfort and optimum ergonomics.

First introduced on Royal Oak models in gold a few years back, this evolved aesthetic appears for the first time on stainless steel and titanium references.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

The luminescent facetted hour-markers are part of the Royal Oak’s recognisable codes. This year, the Le Brassus artisans have harmonised the size of the hour-markers and hands while retaining their aesthetics to reinforce the coherence between the different models across the collection, regardless of diameter and material. The proportions of the hour-markers of the new selfwinding chronographs and selfwinding hour, minute, second and date timepieces have been standardised according to the different diameters.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Pink gold case, Diamond-set Bezel and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Pink gold case, Diamond-set Bezel and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case, Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and Pink gold bracelet
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case, Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and Pink gold bracelet

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.

This method which required three years of development is difficult to achieve due to the signature’s length. For the new Royal Oak models, the challenge has been to develop a second signature size for the 34 and 37 mm novelties – the signature size of the new Royal Oak in 41 mm being the same as for the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet timepieces. The Manufacture’s engineers and artisans tested an array of variations once more before setting on final proportions.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Lastly, the minute track, which was previously printed on the flat external zone, now appears directly onto the Tapisserie of all Royal Oak selfwinding hour, minute, second and date models for more visual appeal – a challenging process due to the unique topography of the guilloché dial.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Pink gold case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Pink gold case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Faithful to the aesthetic of the original model from 1972, numerous references across the Royal Oak collection now welcome the iconic Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial colour (“night blue, cloud 50”), combined with a Petite or Grande Tapisserie pattern.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

The dial’s Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50hue was originally developed by Geneva-based dial maker Stern Frères. The blue colour was obtained by immersing each dial in a galvanic bath. While the formulation of the mixture is important, the duration and temperature are both crucial. If the artisan removes the dial too early, it comes out purple, if removed too late it turns black. A thin layer of varnish mixed with a few drops of black colour (n° 50) was then applied onto the dial to protect it.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

The term “nuage” refers to the cloud effect the drop of black creates when it enters the protective liquid varnish. Today, the Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 hue is achieved internally through PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) to ensure a more homogeneous colour across the collection.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

The new references also celebrate another recognisable aesthetic feature of the Royal Oak: the guilloché Tapisserie dial. Most of the 2022 Royal Oak novelties in 34, 37, 38 and 41 mm are endowed with a Grande Tapisserie pattern achieved through a complex manufacturing process based on a rare know-how no longer taught in horology school.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case and Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case and Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Hundreds of small truncated pyramids with square bases are carved out on the dial’s thin metal plate by an old guilloché copying machine that reproduces the motif of a matrix. Tens of thousands of diamond shapes, whose four inner faces reflect the light, are simultaneously cut out in the thin grooves separating the squares in a seamless weave that creates a tapestry appearance. This process requires extreme dexterity and precision.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case, Diamond-set bezel and Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case, Diamond-set bezel and Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

The decision to complement the original Petite Tapisserie motif with a more generous, legible and extensive Tapisserie was taken in 1998. While the manufacturing technique remained the same, the bases of the truncated pyramids became twice as big, thus considerably reducing the number of pyramids from approximately 700 to 380 on a 39 mm Royal Oak “Jumbo” dial.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case with diamond-set bezel and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case with diamond-set bezel and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Three Royal Oak models adorning the new Grande Tapisserie dial were presented a year later. Their success was such that this motif appeared on most of the Royal Oak models in 2000 to the point of outshining the Petite Tapisserie which completely vanished from the catalogue before returning in 2012 on the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

The new Royal Oak “anniversary” timepieces are fitted with the dedicated oscillating weight in 22-carat gold that features the “50-years” logo and the engraved Audemars Piguet signature. For the occasion, the oscillating weight has been matched to the colour of each case and finished with an alternation of satin-finishing and polished chamfers.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm Pink Gold Case-back View
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm Pink Gold Case-back with Sapphire Crystal

The “50-years” oscillating weight will be fitted to the Royal Oak anniversary models endowed with the new design evolution throughout 2022, with the exception of the 38 mm chronographs.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm pink gold case-back view
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm pink gold case-back

The Royal Oak models endowed with the new design evolution are equipped with three different calibres, including a brand new one, Calibre 5900. This selfwinding hour, minute, second and date movement premiers this year on Royal Oak references in 37 mm, in replacement for Calibre 3120.

This new mechanism is thinner (3.9 mm vs 4.26 mm) than its predecessor and offers a higher frequency (4 Hz vs 3 Hz). It is also endowed with 60 hours of power reserve when not on the wrist.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm stainless steel case-back view
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm stainless steel case-back with sapphire crystal

In addition, Calibre 4401, first introduced on gold Royal Oak models in 2021, makes its debut this year on the new 41 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronographs in stainless steel.

This in-house integrated chronograph endowed with flyback function encompasses enhanced chronometry as well as an instantaneous date-change mechanism.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

In addition, it features a column wheel and a vertical clutch system – a feat reserved to high-end chronographs due to the complexity of its components.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

The movement’s refined finishing, including Côtes de Genève, satin brushing, circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers, can be admired through the sapphire caseback.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case back view

Lastly, Calibres 5900 and 4401, which power the 15550, 15551, 26240 and 26242 references, are both fitted with the dedicated anniversary oscillating weight.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case with diamond-set bezel and Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case with diamond-set bezel and Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

In constant dialogue with the world that inspires it, the Royal Oak has seen countless evolutions over the years and reached the status of icon. Launched in 1972, the Royal Oak designed by Gérald Genta, was available for the first four years in a unique stainless steel design, Model 5402.

In 1976, the first women’s Royal Oak designed by Jacqueline Dimier saw the light of day, marking the beginning of a collection. The following year, the collection expanded with gold models, new diameters and new calibres. From then on and in barely five years (1977–1981), 27 new models were created.

In 1978, the introduction of gemset dials and cases enabled new creative and refined developments. In 1980, the Manufacture launched its first non-guilloché Royal Oak dials, notably on feminine creations, thus offering new decorative possibilities. In 1992, the introduction of the sapphire caseback allowed Audemars Piguet to reveal the minute handiwork adorning its movement components. This turning point for the collection set a new trend still found on numerous references today.

Since 1976, the Royal Oak’s evolving process has been continuous. Only the essential aesthetic codes of the collection, such as the tonneau-shaped case, the octagonal bezel and the eight visible hexagonal screws have remained unchanged.

The evolution of the newly released models celebrating this anniversary year marks yet another milestone in the development of a collection that has crossed eras and trends. 50 years on, more than 500 versions have reinterpreted this iconoclast turned icon.

Technical details

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 5900
Total diameter: 26.2 mm (11½ lignes)
Total thickness: 3.9 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Number of parts: 186
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 60 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
“50-years” oscillating weight in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold.

Functions
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date

Reference 15550SR.OO.1356SR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm watch with Stainless steel case, pink gold bezel and silver tone Grande Tapisserie dial

Case: Stainless steel case and 18-carat pink gold bezel, Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, Screw-locked crown, Water-resistant to 50 m, Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, Pink gold hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet with 18-carat pink gold studs and stainless steel AP folding clasp.

Reference 15550ST.OO.1356ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm watch with Stainless steel case and bezel, silver tone Grande Tapisserie dial 

Case: Stainless steel case and bezel, Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, Screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m, Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp

Reference 15550ST.OO.1356ST.02

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case and bezel, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15550ST.OO.1356ST.03

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case and bezel, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15550ST.OO.1356ST.04

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case and bezel, Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case and bezel, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551ST.ZZ.1356ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case with diamond-set bezel and Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, bezel set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds(~0.92 carats), glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551ST.ZZ.1356ST.02

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case with diamond-set bezel and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, bezel set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.92 carats), glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551ST.ZZ.1356ST.03

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Stainless steel case, diamond-set bezel and Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, bezel set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.92 carats), glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551OR.ZZ.1356OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, bezel set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.92 carats), glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551OR.ZZ.1356OR.02

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, bezel set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.92 carats), glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551OR.ZZ.1356OR.03

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm with Pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, bezel set with 40-brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.92 carats), glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 8.9 mm

Dial: Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet andAP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2385
Total diameter: 26.2 mm (11 ½ lignes)
Total thickness: 5.5 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Number of parts: 304
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 40 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date

Reference 26715ST.OO.1356ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 11 mm

Dial: “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26715ST.OO.1356ST.02

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case and Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 11 mm

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26715ST.ZZ.1356ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Stainless steel case, Diamond-set bezel and Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, bezel set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.92 carats), glare-proofed sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 11 mm

Dial: Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, silver-toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26715OR.OO.1356OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Pink gold case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 11 mm

Dial: “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26715OR.ZZ.1356OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm with Pink gold case, Diamond-set Bezel and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, bezel set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.92 carats), glare-proofed sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 11 mm

Dial: Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, silver-toned counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold and AP folding clasp.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 4401
Total diameter: 32 mm (14lignes)
Total thickness: 6.8 mm
Number of jewels: 40
Number of parts: 381
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 70 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
“50-years” oscillating weight in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold.

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

Reference 26240ST.OO.1320ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240ST.OO.1320ST.02

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240ST.OO.1320ST.03

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, silver-toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240ST.OO.1320ST.04

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Stainless steel case and Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: Stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, khaki green counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240OR.OO.1320OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case, Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and Pink gold bracelet

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” counters, pink gold hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240OR.OO.1320OR.02

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case and Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, black counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240OR.OO.1320OR.03

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case and Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, silver-toned counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240OR.OO.1320OR.04

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case and Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, khaki green counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240OR.OO.D315CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case and Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, “Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Strap: Blue alligator strap with 18-carat pink gold AP triple-blade folding clasp.

Reference 26240OR.OO.D404CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case, Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and Khaki green leather strap

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness 12.4 mm

Dial: Khaki green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, khaki green counters, 18-carat pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Strap: Khaki green alligator strap with 18-carat pink gold AP triple-blade folding clasp.

Reference 26240OR.OO.D002CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold case, Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and Black leather strap

Case: 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: Black dial with “Grande Tapisserie” dial, black counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Strap: Black alligator strap with 18-carat pink gold AP triple-blade folding clasp.

Reference 26242OR.ZZ.1322OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm with Pink gold diamond-set version

Case: 18-carat pink gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. Case thickness: 12.4 mm

Dial: 18-carat pink gold dial set with brilliant-cut diamonds, pink-gold-toned counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds and AP folding clasp.

Setting: 736 brilliant-cut diamonds (case and bracelet) (~7.18 carats). 234 brilliant-cut diamonds (dial) (~0.82 carats).

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin

To celebrate the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, Audemars Piguet has launched the newest generation of 39 mm Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin(ref. 16202), which houses the Manufacture’s new selfwinding extra-thin movement, Calibre 7121.

The collection comprises four models in stainless steel, platinum, as well as 18-carat pink and yellow gold.

The four timepieces are also fitted with the dedicated Royal Oak’s“50 years” oscillating weight matched to the hue of the case. With its refined contrasts, materials, colours and dial animations, the new “Jumbo” offering pays tribute to 50 years of Royal Oak design innovation.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Pink Gold

The new Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin (ref. 16202) welcomes a new selfwinding movement, Calibre 7121, as well as an array of dial designs, while paying tribute to the original watch’s aesthetics.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Yellow Gold

For the first time since 1972, the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin welcomes a new selfwinding hour, minute and date movement, Calibre 7121, which marks the debut of the new “Jumbo” reference 16202.

This mechanism replaces Calibre 2121, the thinnest automatic movement with central rotor and date indication of its time (3.05 mm) first introduced on the Royal Oak in 1972, which retired at the end of 2021.

Audemars Piguet Calibre 7121

The new movement, which measures 3.2 mm in thickness, has been specifically conceived and produced by Audemars Piguet engineers and watchmakers to fit in the extra-thin 8.1 mm “Jumbo” case without altering its aesthetic and thickness. Furthermore, the driving stem is now endowed with a rapid date-corrector.

Five years of development were necessary for the realisation of the new Calibre 7121, which is endowed with more energy than its predecessor thanks to its new construction. Its larger barrel confers it more power, making it more precise for a longer period of time.

Audemars Piguet Calibre 7121

It is also equipped with a contemporary central oscillating weight mounted on ball bearings that utilises two reversers developed in-house to ensure bidirectional winding. Its balance wheel is fitted with inertia blocks that have been directly inserted within the balance wheel to avoid unnecessary friction. In addition, Calibre 7121 is equipped with a patented extra-thin low-energy date-setting mechanism.

Upholding fine watchmaking tradition, Calibre 7121 has been finished with refined Haute Horlogerie decorations such as “Côtes de Genève,” “traits tirés” and circular graining that can be admired through the watch’s sapphire caseback.

Audemars Piguet Calibre 7121

The new Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin timepieces are fitted with the dedicated anniversary openworked oscillating weight in 22-carat gold, which features the “50 years” logo and the engraved Audemars Piguet signature.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Pink Gold

For the occasion, the oscillating weight has been matched to the colour of each case – a practice usually reserved to complicated timepieces. Similarly to the case, the oscillating weight has been finished with an alternation of satin-finishing and polished chamfers. The “50 years” oscillating weight will be fitted to the Royal Oak anniversary models throughout 2022.

The stainless steel “Jumbo” version has retained the aesthetics of the original Royal Oak from 1972. The steel case and bracelet, hand finished with satin-brushing and polished chamfers, are complemented with the watch’s iconic Petite Tapisserie dial and Bleu Nuit, Nuage50 (“night blue, cloud 50”) hue.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Stainless Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Stainless Steel

The dial’s Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50colour was originally developed by Geneva-based dial maker Stern Frères. The blue hue was obtained by immersing each dial in a galvanic bath.

While the formulation of the mixture is important, the duration and temperature are both crucial. If the artisan removes the dial too early, it comes out purple, if removed too late it turns black. A thin layer of varnish mixed with a few drops of black colour(n° 50) was then applied onto the dial to protect it.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Stainless Steel

The term “nuage” refers to the cloud effect the drop of black creates when it enters the protective liquid varnish. Today, the Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 hue is achieved internally through PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) to ensure a more homogeneous colour across the collection.

Similarly to the Royal Oak from 1972, this new “Jumbo” model has kept the original baignoire or “bathtub”-shaped hour-markers and hands, which enable the luminescent material to be poured in for optimum legibility. The dial has also retained the polished gold applied AP monogram at 6 o’clock, as well as the printed “AUDEMARS PIGUET AUTOMATIC” mention at 12 o’clock.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Stainless Steel

The “SWISS MADE” indication, which came to replace “SWISS” around the mid-1980s, remains positioned at 6 o’clock, with the words SWISS and MADE on either side of the hour-marker to balance the dial.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Stainless Steel
Yet, contrary to the original model, the sapphire caseback grants view of the new extra-thin movement and the dedicated anniversary oscillating weight, here in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold to echo the colour of the watch’s steel case and bracelet.

The new “Jumbo” collection includes a pink gold and a yellow gold model, both enhanced with the trademark Petite Tapisserie dial in new smoked shades. The 18-carat pink gold model is contrasted with smoked grey hues, while the 18-carat yellow gold version is illuminated with smoked yellow-gold tones.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Pink Gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Pink Gold

The two dials’ colours have been obtained through galvanic bath. The smoked effect, which has been achieved by meticulously spraying coloured varnish onto the rotating dial’s periphery, furthers the Tapisserie’s shimmering moiré effect.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Yellow Gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Yellow Gold

The Petite Tapisserie pattern is achieved through a complex manufacturing process based on a rare know-how no longer taught in horology school. It consists of hundreds of small truncated pyramids with square bases carved out on the dial’s thin metal plate by an old guilloché copying machine that reproduces the motif of a matrix.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Pink Gold

Tens of thousands of diamond shapes, whose four inner faces reflect the light, are simultaneously cut out in the thin grooves separating the squares in a seamless weave that creates a tape