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 tapestry appearance. This process requires extreme dexterity and precision.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Yellow Gold

The Petite Tapisserie of the original Royal Oak was first created and produced by Stern Frères, which ceased its activities in 2016. Meanwhile, after acquiring old guilloché copying machines, Audemars Piguet started to develop the craft and techniques internally.

In 2010, the first in-house Petite Tapisserie dials came out of the Manufacture’s new dedicated workshop. Today, the guilloché dials of the “Jumbo” models are entirely produced in this atelier.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Pink Gold

The two new timepieces are complemented with matching gold hour-markers, Royal Oak hands and AP monogram – all endowed with the original Royal Oak’s aesthetics. In addition, the corresponding 22-carat pink or yellow gold anniversary oscillating weight can be admired through the sapphire caseback.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Yellow Gold

The first Royal Oak entirely honed from yellow gold was introduced in the collection in 1977 on the women’s Royal Oak (ref. 8638) to respond to markets’ increasing demand. Both the Royal Oak “Jumbo” (ref. 5402BA) and the so-called “Royal Oak III” in 35 mm (ref. 4100BA) also welcomed a yellow gold version a few months later.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Yellow Gold

Less common at the time, pink gold appeared in the Royal Oak collection in the mid-1980s, before joining the “Jumbo” line in 2006, with reference 15202. Both precious materials are today well established across the Royal Oak collection.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Pink Gold

Reserved for the AP Houses, the Royal Oak “Jumbo” with 950 platinum case and bracelet comes with a smoked green dial, whose base is decorated with a sunburst pattern.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Platinum
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Platinum

This auspicious combination introduced last year, was rewarded the best “Iconic” timepiece prize at Geneva’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in November 2021. The vivid green shade is obtained by adding drops of green colouring to the dial’s protective varnish. The smoked effect on the dial’s periphery accentuates the colour’s intensity, while giving it more depth.

The dial is punctuated by the traditional “Jumbo” applied hour-markers, AP monogram at 6 o’clock and baignoire-shaped Royal Oak hands, all crafted in white gold. They are echoed by the dedicated anniversary oscillating weight in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold visible through the sapphire caseback.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Platinum

Platinum made its debut in the Royal Oak collection in the 1980s, following the introduction of yellow and white gold. The first Royal Oak “Jumbo” limited edition in platinum appeared in 1992 in celebration of both the timepiece’s 20th anniversary and the creation of the Audemars Piguet Foundation.

The one-of-a-kind 39 mm Royal Oak Foundation timepiece (Model 14811), auctioned off to support the Foundation, encompassed a dial featuring a yellow gold modelled oak tree depicted by an engraving machine in an echo to the Foundation’s mission to preserve forests worldwide.

Other platinum limited editions followed, such as the 39 mm Royal Oak Jubilee (Model 14802) that saw the addition of a 20-piece platinum limited edition in 1995. Over the years, these very small series have provided the Manufacture with a unique territory of expression, showcasing wide variety in terms of dial designs.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Platinum

The latest 2022 Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin in platinum represents today one of the rare 39 mm models honed from this precious material that has made its way into the Royal Oak core collection.

About the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Series

Upon release in 1972, the Royal Oak designed by Gérald Genta for Audemars Piguet broke prevailing aesthetic codes.

Its large body of hand-finished stainless steel, its octagonal bezel secured with apparent hexagonal screws, its highly stylised integrated steel bracelet and its extra-thin selfwinding mechanism ushered in the beginning of a new fine watchmaking era in tune with changing lifestyles.

This high-end sports watch was subsequently nicknamed “Jumbo” due to its 39 mm diameter that was deemed oversized by the standards of the time – an affectionate nickname Audemars Piguet has kept over the years for its selfwinding extra-thin models in 39 mm.

More than an aspect of design, the Royal Oak’s large size was born of function. It is the relatively large diameter of Calibre 2121 (28 mm), coupled with the unusual monocoque or “two-part” case construction that imposed such measurements as the eight hexagonal screws had to be driven through the bezel, seal and case in periphery of the movement.

Only one selfwinding extra-thin model in 39 mm existed during the Royal Oak’s first 20 years, most examples of which were sold before 1982.

Following its revival in 1992 on the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 20th anniversary, a wide variety of “Jumbo” models saw the light of day over the years in terms of case and bracelet materials as well as dial designs.

The release of Model 15202 in 2000 marked a turning point in “Jumbo” history as it entered into the third millennium. This model reinterpreted the original codes more freely, notably with new dial colours, as well as the return of the sapphire caseback (first introduced in 1992).

With its combination of tradition and modernity, this “Jumbo” version enjoyed renewed popularity and became one of the most highly coveted Royal Oak models, which contributed to raising the Royal Oak to the status of cultural icon.

This year, the “Jumbo” sees another evolution (ref. 16202) with the release of 4 new models endowed with a variety of materials and dial colours to celebrate 50 years of innovative designs.

While their aesthetic codes are left unchanged compared to 15202 references, these timepieces open a new chapter in the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin’s history with the introduction of the Manufacture’s latest selfwinding extra-thin movement fit for an ever more contemporary lifestyle.

Technical details

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 7121
Total diameter: 29.6 mm (12 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 3.2 mm
Number of jewels: 33
Number of parts: 268
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 55 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and date

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Steel / 39 mm
Reference 16202ST.OO.1240ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Stainless Steel

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

Dial
“Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50” 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

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Pink Gold / 39 mm
Reference 16202OR.OO.1240OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Pink Gold

Case
18-carat pink gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m
Case thickness: 8.1 mm

Dial
Smoked grey dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Yellow Gold/ 39 mm
Reference 16202BA.OO.1240BA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Yellow Gold

Case
18-carat yellow gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m
Case thickness: 8.1 mm

Dial
Smoked yellow-gold-toned dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Platinum/ 39 mm
Reference 16202PT.OO.1240PT.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Platinum

Case
950 platinum case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m
Case thickness: 8.1 mm

Dial
Smoked green with sunburst base, white gold hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
950 platinum bracelet with AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

Audemars Piguet has introduced a brand new generation of Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked (ref. 16204) on the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

Available in either stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold, this watch houses the Manufacture’s new dedicated selfwinding extra-thin openworked movement, Calibre 7124, as well as the Royal Oak’s “50-years” anniversary oscillating weight visible through the sapphire caseback.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

The Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked, available in stainless steel and 18-carat pink gold, celebrates the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary with a new selfwinding openworked movement, Calibre 7124, a dedicated “50-years” oscillating weight and an elegant aesthetic blending traditions with avant-garde.

The two new timepieces premiere Calibre 7124, the openworked derivative of the Manufacture’s extra-thin selfwinding movement, Calibre 7121, which powers the newly released 16202 references.

Both calibres were developed in parallel, which means that the position and geometries of the different components equipping both movements have been meticulously conceived from the start to obtain a harmonious and well-balanced openworked version.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

Measuring a mere 2.7 mm in height, the extra-thin selfwinding open-worked hour and minute movement of this watch contains more energy than its predecessor Calibre 5122 (3.05 mm), thanks to its larger barrel.

Like Calibre 7121, Calibre 7124 is equipped with a contemporary slim oscillating weight mounted on ball bearings that utilises two reversers developed in-house to ensure bidirectional winding. In addition, its balance wheel is fitted with inertia blocks that have been directly inserted within the balance wheel to avoid unnecessary friction.

Its openworked architecture requires artisans’ manual dexterity and attention to detail. Introduced at Audemars Piguet in the 1930s, the art of open-working consists of removing as much material as possible from the movement bridges and plate without impairing its functions. Light passes through, revealing the mechanism’s finesse and purity.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

The preliminary geometries of the mainplate and bridges are cut through computer numerical control (CNC) machining, before being perfected by electric discharge machining (EDM). This manufacturing process enables to remove small amounts of material with extreme precision to reach the desired shape. Each component is then finished and decorated with age-old techniques. The polished V angles that can be admired on both sides of the watch reflect the meticulous handiwork that went into their realisation as this level of craftsmanship can only be done by hand.

The case and bracelet of the two Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked timepieces have been finished with the Manufacture’s signature alternation of satin-brushed and polished surfaces all the way down to the bracelet folding clasp.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

The stainless steel version is complemented with a matching rhodium-toned openworked movement offering a unique play of light. The rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold “50 years” oscillating weight – that can be found on Royal Oak anniversary models throughout 2022 –similarly blends with the movement’s grey shades on the caseback side.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

The 18-carat pink gold hour-markers and hands, as well as the pink-gold toned gear train and balance wheel peeking through the open-worked bridges offer a subtle contrast, while reinforcing the watch’s contemporary monochromatic aesthetic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

The 18-carat pink gold timepiece marries different tones: the slate grey open-worked bridges and mainplate are complemented with a light grey open-worked barrel at 11 o’clock, which reveals the coiled mainspring – the watch’s main source of energy.

The barrel subtly echoes the white gold hexagonal screws securing the bezel onto the case. In addition, the pink-gold toned balance wheel and gear train, further accentuated by the 18-carat hour-markers and hands, add depth and light to the watch. The 22-carat pink gold anniversary oscillating weight offers a similar contrast on the caseback side.

Evolving with each decade, the Royal Oak collection has included more than 50 open-worked models to this day, fitted with different movements and coming in a variety of sizes, materials and styles – the result of numerous decades of passion and expertise passed down across generations.

During the early years of its history, Calibre 2120 and its derivatives, including Calibre 2121 which powered the first Royal Oak, remained hidden inside watch cases. The arrival of quartz overturned these codes: it was time to highlight and reveal the beauty of mechanical movements and the traditional expertise utilised.

In the early 1970s, a few young watchmakers at Audemars Piguet set about rediscovering the art of open-working in which the brand had excelled in the 1930s and 50s, abetted by their elders, and the company’s first dedicated open-working workshop saw the light of day. The vision of Managing Director Georges Golay at the time was ambitious, as the operation kicked off with a hundred open-worked examples of Calibre 2120—a painstaking task amounting to150 hours of work for a single movement.

The first watch (Model 5442) was delivered in November 1973 and some30 watches were crafted annually until 1976. In 1978, 300 open-worked watches fitted with Calibre 2120 were produced within Audemars Piguet’s walls. By 1984, the workshop counted a dozen artisans entirely dedicated to the art of open-working.

Open-working first appeared in the Royal Oak collection in 1981 with a pendant version, Model 5710BA, followed in 1986 with Model 25636 equipped with the ultra-thin self-winding perpetual calendar Calibre 2120/2800. However, this art truly established itself into the collection in the 1990s – a decade that witnessed many open-worked Royal Oak models in a variety of sizes and styles.

The first open-worked “Jumbo” was launched in 1992 – a one-of-a-kind model (14811), whose dial was decorated with a finely chased oak motif, auctioned off to support the new Audemars Piguet Foundation.

Several other open-worked “Jumbo” models equipped with extra-thin Calibre 2120 were introduced in very small series until the year 2000. While some models were graced with gem-set hands (e.g. 14789, 14793 and 14814), others featured highly stylised designs, such as Models 14884 and 12518 (a unique 125th anniversary creation) which featured a naval anchor against a background of stormy waves surrounded by ropes.

Open-working returned in the “Jumbo” collection in 2010 with Model 15305, this time equipped with selfwinding Calibre 3129 measuring 4.31 mm in thickness. The movement’s galvanic treatment elegantly contrasted with the stainless steel case.

Two years later, the Manufacture launched a new slate grey open-worked “Jumbo” limited edition for the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary, powered by the new Calibre 5122 which was framed in an elegant 950 platinum case. In 2014, an 18-carat pink gold version was released.

This year, the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked makes its come back once again with a new movement and a refined aesthetic testifying to the Manufacture’s uncompromising spirit.

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked Steel / 39 mm
Reference 16204ST.OO.1240ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

Case
Stainless steel case
Case diameter: 39mm
Case thickness: 8.1 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 7124
Total diameter: 29.6 mm (12 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 2.7 mm
Number of jewels: 31
Number of parts: 211
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 57 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours and minutes

Dial
Rhodium-toned open-worked movement
Pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
Rhodium-toned inner bezel

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked Pink Gold/ 39 mm
Reference 16204OR.OO.1240OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked 39mm (ref. 16204)

Case
18-carat pink gold case
Case diameter: 39mm
Case thickness: 8.1 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 7124
Total diameter: 29.6 mm (12 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 2.7 mm
Number of jewels: 31
Number of parts: 211
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 57 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours and minutes

Dial
Slate grey open-worked movement
Pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
Black inner bezel

Bracelet
18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

Audemars Piguet has launched its very first Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked in a 41 mm diameter to celebrate the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

This stainless steel timepiece is powered by the Manufacture’s first ever self-winding flying tourbillon open-worked mechanism, Calibre 2972, premiered on this elegant monochromatic timepiece. This latest in-house movement builds on Audemars Piguet’s long expertise in both open-working and tourbillon mechanisms.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

The newly released Calibre 2972, which combines a central rotor with a flying tourbillon, evolves from Calibre 2950, launched in 2019 as part of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection. The new calibre has been conceived to offer symmetry and a rich play of light. Its highly stylised and multilayered openworked architecture bestows the watch with a unique 3D effect, as the shape of the bridges has been finished horizontally and vertically.

Calibre 2972 builds on the age-old open-working techniques that have been reshaping what is possible with wristwatch design since the 1930s. The beauty and finesse of the mechanism is revealed by removing as much material from the mainplate and bridges as possible to let light pass through, without impairing its functions.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

Leveraging advanced manufacturing technologies, the preliminary geometries of the mainplate and bridges have been cut through computer numerical control (CNC) machining, before being perfected by electric discharge machining (EDM). This manufacturing process enables to remove small amounts of material with extreme precision to reach the desired shape.

Each component has then been finished with refined Haute Horlogerie decorations including “traits tirés,” satin, circular and sunray brushing, snailing, as well as polished chamfers. The polished V-angles that can be admired on both sides of the watch reflect the meticulous handiwork that went into their realisation as this level of craftsmanship can only be achieved by hand.
The rhodium-toned hues of the different components sit in harmony with the watch’s stainless steel case and bracelet, providing the watch with a contemporary monochromatic aesthetic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

The flying tourbillon, located at 6 o’clock, compensates for the effect of gravity and enhances accuracy. The balance wheel is housed in a tiny revolving cage which makes a revolution per minute to prevent the hairspring from remaining static. Only supported on the mainplate, the flying tourbillon is considered today as a symbol of watchmaking art as only a few watchmakers retain the necessary skills for its realisation.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

The new timepiece is fitted with the Royal Oak “50-years” oscillating weight, which will be seen on the Royal Oak anniversary models throughout 2022. The watch’s sapphire caseback showcases the dedicated rotor, crafted in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold, which seamlessly blends with the open-worked movement’s grey hues and recalls the stainless steel case.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

The stainless steel bracelet and case of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked are endowed with the new design evolution which makes its debut this year on Royal Oak models in 34, 37, 38 and 41 mm.

The case and bracelet encompass larger polished chamfers for a slenderer aesthetic offering stronger plays of light between the satin-brushed and polished surfaces adorning the different components.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

In addition, the first four links of the integrated bracelet show a more pronounced decrease in thickness for more visual appeal. The bracelet links are also thinner and therefore lighter for added comfort. The sapphire caseback has been slightly more integrated into the case to better fit the wrist.

The white gold hour-markers and hands, both filled with luminescent coating for optimum visibility in the dark also present slightly revised proportions in harmony with the other Royal Oak models across the collection.

The Legacy of Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Watches

In 1986, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s first self-winding tourbillon wristwatch. Calibre 2870 was housed in an ultra-thin case measuring a mere 5.3 mm in thickness, fitted with a winding system on the caseback side.

Its tourbillon cage is still one of the smallest in the world today with a 7.2 mm diameter, as well as one of the lightest at just 0.123 g. This pioneering wristwatch forged a new path for the Haute Horlogerie industry, which renewed ties with this prestigious mechanism. Several generation of tourbillon succeeded Calibre 2870, displaying ever-greater robustness and reliability.

The tourbillon entered the Royal Oak collection in 1997 for the watch’s 25th anniversary. At the time, Model 25831 was equipped with Audemars Piguet’s second generation tourbillon movement, Calibre 2875, and endowed with a stylised octagonal aperture opening onto the tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock. An open-worked Royal Oak model (25902) fitted with Calibre 2875SQ was unveiled in 1999 – the very first Royal Oak tourbillon open-worked ever crafted.

In 2003, the tourbillon was combined with the chronograph for the first time in the Royal Oak collection, with Model 25977 equipped with Calibre 2889. This stainless steel watch paved the way for a new wave of timepieces featuring the two complications, including the Royal Oak Tradition d’Excellence n°4 (Model 25969) released the following year.

In 2012, for the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary, Audemars Piguet launched a new 41 mm Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon (Model 26510), powered by Calibre 2924 and available in stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold. An open-worked version was also released for the occasion in a 40-piece platinum limited edition (Model 26511, Calibre 2924SQ).

This timepiece was complemented in 2016 by a version in yellow gold (26513BA), followed by two limited editions in stainless steel(26518ST) and pink gold (26518OR) in 2017.

The Manufacture’s first Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Open-worked model (26347) saw the light of day in 2016 in a 44 mm platinum timepiece housing Calibre 2936. This complicated mechanism was then offered in titanium and pink gold in 2017.

For its part, the flying tourbillon made its debut on the Royal Oak Concept in 2018, before appearing in the Royal Oak collection in 2020 with a 41 mm timepiece (Model 26530) powered by the Manufacture’s latest generation movement, Calibre 2950.

The Manufacture’s legacy of tourbillon watches continues with this self-winding open-worked flying tourbillon movement which reinterprets tradition through a contemporary lens on the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked / 41 mm
Reference 26735ST.OO.1320ST.01

Case
Stainless steel case
Case diameter: 41mm
Case thickness: 10.6mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 2972
Total diameter: 31.5mm (13 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 6.84mm
Number of jewels: 27
Number of parts: 271
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes

Dial
Rhodium-toned open-worked movement, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, slate grey inner bezel

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Black Ceramic 34 mm

Audemars Piguet has slightly evolved the 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding fully dressed in black ceramic on the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

While the case’s design remains unchanged, the black dial benefits from the latest design evolution debuted in 2022 on several 34, 37, 38 and 41 mm Royal Oak models. The watch is also fitted with the dedicated anniversary oscillating weight.

The latest 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding in black ceramic encompasses the Royal Oak’s dedicated “50-years” oscillating weight in celebration of the collection’s 50th anniversary as well as a slight dial evolution.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Black Ceramic 34 mm

Similarly to last year, this 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding timepiece adorns a black guilloché “Grande Tapisserie” dial contrasted with scintillating pink gold accents. Yet, it benefits from the refined dial design evolution debuting in 2022 on some of the Royal Oak models in 34, 37, 38 and 41 mm.

The logo now presents an applied Audemars Piguet signature crafted in 24-carat pink gold achieved through galvanic growth – a chemical process akin to 3D printing. Each letter is connected with links approximately the size of a hair and placed by hand on the dial with tiny legs almost invisible to the eye. This long-form signature appears at 12 o’clock without the AP monogram for added refinement.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Black Ceramic 34 mm
While keeping with the Royal Oak’s aesthetic codes, the size and length of the faceted hour-markers and hands have been harmonised with the rest of the anniversary Royal Oak Selfwinding and Selfwinding Chronograph models across the collection for optimum visibility.

Similarly to last year’s version, the watch’s black ceramic case and bracelet are embellished with 18-carat pink gold hexagonal screws, which secure the bezel onto the case, for a refined two-tone contrast. All the case and bracelet components have been finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers, providing an ever-changing play of light.

The black ceramic bracelet has been slightly revised for more visual appeal. The pins connecting the links to the studs are no longer visible on the bracelet’s sides, but fitted directly into the studs.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Black Ceramic 34 mm

The watch’s titanium sapphire caseback reveals Calibre 5800, fitted with the dedicated anniversary oscillating weight in 22-carat pink gold featuring the engraved “50-years” logo and the Audemars Piguet signature.

In addition to echoing the watch’s pink gold highlights, it is decorated with an elegant alternation of satin-finishing, micro bead-blasting and polished chamfers.

The “50-years” oscillating weight can be admired on the Royal Oak anniversary models throughout 2022.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic/ 34 mm
Reference: 77350CE.OO.1266CE.01

Case
Black ceramic case, 18-carat pink gold screws
Case diameter: 34mm
Case thickness: 8.8 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Titanium sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 5800
Total diameter: 23.9 mm (10 ½ lignes)
Total thickness: 4.0 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Number of parts: 186
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 50 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date

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

Bracelet
Black ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar, New Model with White Gold case and Blue Aventurine Dial

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has launched a new iteration of its Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar combining an 18-carat white gold case with a blue aventurine dial and a matching textured rubber-coated strap.

This contemporary timepiece continues the Manufacture’s long history of calendar watches while foregrounding once more the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet’s endless creativity.

The new Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar combines an 18-carat white gold case with a blue aventurine dial and a matching textured rubber-coated strap.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar, New Model with White Gold case and Blue Aventurine Dial

The white gold timepiece adorns a dark blue dial in aventurine glass recalling a star-lit sky. This glass has been polished and very thinly cut before being applied onto the dial’s plate.

The moon phase at 6 o’clock has been reproduced through laser engraving and applied on a thin aventurine disc. The day number and week day, respectively located at 3 and 9 o’clock, as well as the month indication at 12 o’clock are also presented on aventurine subdials.

For their part, the week numbers have been transferred onto the corresponding blue lacquered inner bezel. The white gold hour-markers and hands add a subtle contrast, while recalling the colour of the case and crown.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar, New Model with White Gold case and Blue Aventurine Dial

The double curved sapphire crystal that seamlessly integrates the extra-thin bezel’s curvature completes the watch’s overall design, while providing a unique visual effect onto the dial.

This new 18-carat white gold version complements the perpetual calendar model crafted in 18-carat pink gold unveiled in 2019 for the launch of the collection. The white gold extra-thin bezel, stylised lugs, octagonal case middle as well as round caseback provide an elegant contrast with the blue aventurine dial.

The alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers adorning the different components add an interesting play of light, while accentuating the complex architecture of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar, New Model with White Gold case and Blue Aventurine Dial

Conceived with both women and men in mind, this complicated wristwatch will sit comfortably on all wrists thanks to the 41 mm case’s ergonomic curvature.

The timepiece is fitted with a dark blue rubber-coated calfskin strap finished with a textured motif, giving a highly contemporary look to this classic complication. The straight integration of the strap in the continuity of the lugs, which have been welded to the extra-thin bezel, further reveals the refined hand-finishing techniques adorning the case.

This timepiece houses the Manufacture’s selfwinding perpetual calendar movement, Calibre 5134, fitted with the collection’s dedicated22-carat pink gold oscillating weight. Calibre 5134 automatically takes into account the number of days in the month and correctly displays the prevailing date even in leap years.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar, New Model with White Gold case and Blue Aventurine Dial

Assuming the watch is kept regularly wound, the date will not require manual correction until 2100, at which point it will require adjustment in order to stay in line with the Gregorian calendar.

The movement has been finished with refined decorations including “Côte de Genève,” microbead-blasting, sunray finishing, satin-brushing and polished chamfers, all visible through the sapphire caseback.

The Legacy of Audemars Piguet Calendar Watches

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.

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 4.31 mm in thickness. This calibre has powered many perpetual calendar wristwatches across the Manufacture’s collection ever since, including the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet since 2019.

In 2018, the Manufacture opened yet another chapter in its history of perpetual calendar timepieces with the advent of the revolutionary 41 mm Royal Oak Self-winding 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 2.89mm in height, heralding yet another generation of astronomical watches.

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar / 41 mm
Reference: 26394BC.OO.D027KB.01

Case
18-carat white gold case
Case diameter: 41mm
Case thickness: 10.9mm
Double curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 30 m

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 5134
Total diameter: 29mm (12 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 4.31mm
Number of jewels: 38
Number of parts: 365
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 40h
Frequency of balance wheel: 2.75Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)

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

Dial
Blue aventurine dial, white gold applied hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating, blue lacquered inner bezel

Strap
Blue rubber-coated calfskin strap with 18-carat white gold folding clasp

 

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet, New Diamond-set Watches

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection welcomes two new 41 mm models in 18-carat white and pink gold entirely paved with 1085 brilliant-cut diamonds (~4.99 carats) – a first in the collection. The continuous gem setting highlights the contemporary and detailed architecture of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet, while endowing it with a delicate feminine touch.

The new Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding in white or pink gold shimmers with 1085 brilliant-cut diamonds (~4.99 carats).

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet, New Diamond-set Watches

The 18-carat white or pink gold dial is entirely set with 612 brilliant-cut diamonds (~2.3 carats) radiating from the dial centre like the beams of the sun. They have been carefully chosen to obtain a harmonious effect once combined.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet, New Diamond-set Watches

Each dial features 6 different stone diameters ranging from ~0.65 to ~1.10 mm, evolving from the smallest to the largest as the grain setting moves towards the dial periphery. The unique optical experience conferred by the double curved sapphire crystal magnifies the diamonds’ ever-changing play of light.