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The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History of Timepieces with Wandering Hours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details

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

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

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

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

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

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

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Blue Ceramic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details

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

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

Functions
Tourbillon, hours and minutes

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

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

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

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details

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

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

Functions
Flying tourbillon, flyback chronograph, hours and minutes

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

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

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

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details

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

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

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes

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

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

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

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Blue Ceramic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details

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

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

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

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

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

Bracelet
Blue ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp

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

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

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

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


The Calibre 2968 was developed over a five-year period. Integrating a flying tourbillon powered by an innovative escapement in a case of 39 mm and then 37 mm in diameter represents the Manufacture’s main technical achievement as this complication was previously reserved for 41 mm diameters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details

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

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes

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

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

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

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Black Ceramic 41mm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beating inside this new AP chronograph, the self-winding Calibre 4401is fully integrated and features a column wheel and a flyback function. Unlike a regular chronograph, the flyback function allows the wearer to stop, reset and start the chronograph in one simple action.

The column wheel works in collaboration with a vertical clutch system. When starting or stopping the chronograph, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping. Furthermore, the push-pieces feel smooth when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands instantaneously resets to zero.

The movement is adorned with refined finishing, including Côtes de Genève, circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers throughout, all of which are visible via the sapphire caseback.

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

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

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

Technical details

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

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

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

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

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

Bracelet
Black ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

The tone-on-tone white gold model is enhanced by a rhodium-toned inner bezel, while the pink gold model features a graceful pink-gold-toned inner bezel. The respective white or pink gold hour-markers, the application of which represented a complex operation due to the finesse of the fully gem-set dial, add a sophisticated touch.

All the case components have been elegantly paved with 473 brilliant-cut diamonds (~2.69 carats), from the extra-thin bezel and stylised lugs, to the octagonal middle case and caseback side, all the way to the crown. The stones have been cut in numerous sizes to adapt to the case’s diverse geometries.

While the brilliant-cut diamonds emphasise the subtle monochromatic design of the 18-carat white gold model, they offer an elegant contrast with the 18-carat pink gold case. Last but not least, the polished chamfers adorning the two models’ octagonal case middle, bezel and caseback accentuate the multiple facets of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet’s complex architecture.

The two Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding models are powered by the Calibre 4309. Contrary to other self-winding models in the collection, these two timepieces do not have a date indication so as to give pride of place to the fully gem-set dial.

This movement is equipped with a patented setting mechanism that brings stability and precision when adjusting the watch’s functions. Its large diameter endows it with excellent chronometry. It offers 70-hour power reserve.

The sapphire caseback reveals the movement’s Haute Horlogerie decorations including “Côte de Genève,” satin-brushing, circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers, as well as the collection’s dedicated 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight.

The two 41 mm timepieces are complemented with a new elegant and highly resistant satin-finished calfskin strap in blue-grey shade for the white gold model and in beige hue for the pink gold version. The white or pink gold folding clasp is fully covered with brilliant-cut diamonds for a feminine and refined look down to the slightest detail.

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet / 41 mm
Reference: 15210BC.ZZ.D013VE.01

Case
18-carat white gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Case diameter: 41 mm
Case thickness: 10.7 mm
Double curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 30 m

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

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Dial
18-carat white gold dial set with brilliant-cut diamonds, white gold applied hour-markers and hands, rhodium-toned inner bezel.

Strap
Blue-grey satin-finished calfskin strap with 18-carat white gold folding clasp set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

Setting
Case set with 473 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~2.69 carats.
Dial set with 612 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~2.3 carats.
Buckle set with 34 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.20 carats.

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet / 41 mm
Reference: 15210OR.ZZ.D300VE.01

Case
18-carat pink gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Case diameter: 41 mm
Case thickness: 10.7 mm
Double curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 30 m

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

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Dial
18-carat pink gold dial set with brilliant-cut diamonds, pink gold applied hour-markers and hands, pink-gold toned inner bezel.

Strap
Beige satin-finished calfskin strap with 18-carat pink gold folding clasp set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

Setting
Case set with 473 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~2.69 carats.
Dial set with 612 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~2.3 carats.
Buckle set with 34 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.20 carats.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 39 mm

Audemars Piguet has launched its latest research and development breakthrough (RD#3) with the Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin.

This 39 mm stainless steel anniversary model, measuring 8.1 mm in thickness, represents the first “Jumbo” in history to be equipped with a self-winding flying tourbillon.

It is powered by the Manufacture’s new self-winding ultra-thin flying tourbillon movement, Calibre 2968, measuring just 3.4 mm thick and adorned with a novel combination of traditional and contemporary hand-crafted decorations. Pushing the boundaries of feasibility, this model will be complemented in September by a second 37 mm version for the slimmer wrists, enriched with a dial of a different hue.

This 39 mm Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin in stainless steel achieves the feat of integrating a self-winding flying tourbillon into a “Jumbo” case. Placed at the dial level, the rotating tourbillon cage appears at 6 o’clock.

At the heart of this new innovation is Calibre 2968, an ultra-thin self-winding flying tourbillon movement that was developed over a five-year period.

Given the extra-thin nature of the form language, this self-winding flying tourbillon had to be creatively rethought to reduce the thickness required to house this complication by repositioning certain components. The tourbillon cage, which is crafted in titanium, is notably equipped for the first time with a peripheral drive. The combination of these two elements not only makes the distribution of energy to the tourbillon more fluid, but also served to lighten and refine this regulating organ.

In order to provide optimum visibility of the tourbillon and the movement, Audemars Piguet engineers completely redesigned the architecture of the mechanism. The Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin features a new escapement to accentuate the aesthetic details while revealing part of the movement’s workings.

The geometry and positioning of the balance wheel arms have notably been revised in such a way as to make the watch’s beating heart even more perceptible. The technical design of the movement results in the flying tourbillon being placed at the dial level, for a greater visual experience.

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

The new RD#3 remains true to the aesthetic codes of the iconic “Jumbo” models. The stainless steel case and bracelet feature the collection’s signature satin-brushed and polished hand finishes, while the timepiece is graced with a Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50Petite Tapisserie dial which pays tribute to the original model. The colour is obtained using a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process that guarantees a uniform and lasting tone across all the dials.

Just as on the 1972 model, this new “Jumbo” reference is distinguished by bathtub-shaped hour-markers and hands filled with luminescent material to ensure optimal readability in the dark. The Audemars Piguet signature, like the minute-track, is printed in white on the Tapisserie motif.

The titanium flying tourbillon cage rotating at 6 o’clock stands out against the blue Tapisserie backdrop to create an airy effect. Contrary to the original model, the contemporary version is endowed with a sapphire caseback, which reveals the new ultra-thin movement and the dedicated oscillating weight.

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

The timepiece is fitted with the dedicated anniversary open-worked oscillating weight in rhodium-toned22-carat pink gold, which bears the “50-years” logo and the Audemars Piguet signature engraved on its surface. Matching the tones of the stainless steel case and bracelet, it is also adorned with the collection’s trademark polished and satin-brushed finishes.

In 1986, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s first self-winding tourbillon wristwatch. Imagined by Jacqueline Dimier, the design placed the tourbillon escapement on the dial side for the very first time. Calibre 2870 is housed in an ultra-thin case measuring a mere5.3 mm thick. Its titanium tourbillon cage remains one of the smallest in the world today with a diameter of 7.2 mm, as well as one of the lightest with a weight of only 0.123 grams.

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

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

Thirty years after Jacqueline Dimier’s model, the Manufacture launched a series of Research and Development models. In 2015, Audemars Piguet revealed its first RD#1 Royal Oak Concept Minute Repeater Supersonnerie prototype at SIHH, after eight years of research in partnership with EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a panel of experts composed of watchmakers, engineers, musicians and sound specialists.

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

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

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

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

The experts at the Manufacture also developed two patented innovations relating to the integration of the end-of-month cam with the date wheel and the association of the month cam with the month wheel. Marking a turning point in the history of complication watches, the Royal Oak Self-winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin earned Audemars Piguet the “Aiguille d’Or” award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in November 2019.

This year, the Manufacture’s latest technical advance, the Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin, follows in the footsteps of previous innovations.

This RD#3 timepiece, powered by the new Calibre 2968, combines technical innovation and aesthetic refinement to pay a fine tribute to the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) // 39 mm
Reference 26670ST.OO.1240ST.01

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

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

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes

Dial
Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50dial with Petite Tapisserie pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Inaugurates Its New AP House in the Heart of Zurich’s Leuenhof

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has announced the opening of its first AP House in Switzerland in the prestigious setting of the Leuenhof in Zurich. This centre of heritage dear to Zurich’s inhabitants will welcome the Manufacture’s creations that similarly blend ancestral savoir-faire and technical modernity.

Located within the old cashier hall of the Leu Bank, which was entirely renovated to recover its original aesthetic, this new space will enable the brand to bring client hospitality to the next level.

Designed as a timeless space for lovers of the brand, the AP House concept was created in collaboration with some of the Manufacture’s most valued clients, imagining how brand founders Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet would deal with their clients if they were living in the 21st century, travelling the world and sharing their passion for beautiful watches. The result is a space where the comfort of home and the warmth of friendship take priority.

Situated in the left wing of the Leuenhof, the AP House of Zurich – one of the biggest to date – boasts an over 700 square-metre space endowed with a sophisticated and contemporary design infused with the building’s historical character.

Playing with the visible and the invisible, the spectacular and the intimate, as well as with light reflection, the open lobby highlights the proportions and ornamental richness of this historic property.

Clients are invited to relax in the spacious lounge area, while the vast table carved in one single wooden piece situated in front of the rounded bar provides a perfect place of encounters and exchanges. Lastly, at the centre of the space, four golden half spheres reflecting light provides visitors with a glimpse of selected timepieces from the Manufacture’s collection.

The patio set in the inner courtyard offers a haven of peace at the heart of the vibrant Bahnhofstrasse. An elaborate metallic structure resembling a contemporary art sculpture sits on top of this external space to reinforce the building’s statics.

Benefitting from the multiple possibilities bestowed by this notorious building, Zurich’s AP House will play host to exclusive artistic and culinary events where guests will be able to discover the Manufacture’s creations, its savoir-faire and its place in today’s world.

The Leuenhof, which displays a Renaissance-style architecture, is one of the emblematic buildings of Zurich and of the Bahnhofstrasse in particular. Situated at a corner of the Bahnhofstrasse, close to the Paradeplatz, this historic property was formerly the headquarters of the Leu Bank.

The bank’s symbol – a lion – can be found in numerous details and decorative features of its imposing façade. This building, alongside the Peterhof, is one of the main achievements of Zurich architects Otto and Werner Pfister, carried out between 1913 and 1916, and represents one of the city’s architectural landmarks. Filled with childhood memories, many Zurich inhabitants continue to hold this building and its notorious cashier hall close to their heart.

In order to return the cashier hall, considered as one of the most beautiful in Switzerland, to its former architectural grandeur, the new building owner Swiss Prime Anlagestiftung worked in close collaboration with the cantonal monument preservation authority and the renowned Zurich architect office TillaTheus und Partner AG.

The original materials and decorative elements have been preserved so as to restore the building’s historical aesthetic, from the mosaic flooring and marble columns to the wall mouldings and the stucco high ceilings.

While the building’s renovation started in 2017, the work led by Audemars Piguet to convert the historical hall debuted in the spring 2021. Less than a year later, this AP House boasting a storefront is ready to welcome lovers of fine watchmaking in this notable setting and offer them unique and bespoke experiences.

Contact details

Address
AP House Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse 32, 8001 Zurich

Hours
Monday to Friday: From 10:00am to 6:30pm
Saturday: From 10:00am to 5:00pm
Closed on Sunday

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon 41 mm New Models

Audemars Piguet has introduced three new variations of its 41 mm Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon. Available in stainless steel, titanium and 18-carat pink gold, these new models add to the first three unveiled in 2020 and present the design evolution developed for this jubilee year.

All three are equipped with the Calibre 2950, the Manufacture’s latest generation self-winding movement combining a flying tourbillon with a central rotor. Blending technical performance and aesthetic refinement, these timepieces reflect the expertise maintained and developed by the brand over the generations.

Available in stainless steel, titanium and pink gold, the three new variations of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon are powered by Calibre 2950 and feature the new design evolution launched to mark the collection’s 50th anniversary.

The AP Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon features the design evolution launched this year to mark the collection’s 50th anniversary. The cases and bracelets of these three modern references have wider bevels, thus highlighting the play of light between the satin-finished and polished surfaces adorning the various components.

To further accentuate the watch’s slenderness, the first links of the integrated bracelet display decreasing thickness for a better visual effect and a light and comfortable wear. The sapphire caseback is slightly embedded in the case middle in order for the watch to sit better on the wrist.

The proportions of the white or pink gold hour markers and hands, filled with a luminescent substance for improved legibility in the dark, have also been standardised based on the different diameters of the Royal Oak collection.

These three ground-breaking tourbillons also feature the new applied gold Audemars Piguet signature. Made of thin layers of 24-carat gold, it is obtained by galvanic growth, a chemical process similar to 3D printing. Each letter is connected to the others by thin links that are almost invisible to the naked eye. The signature, originally developed for the lacquered dials of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection, is then hand-applied to the dial using tiny legs.

The stainless steel version has a smoked blue Grande Tapisserie dial for a refined effect. The new blue tones add depth to the flying tourbillon, while providing an elegant backdrop for the white gold hands and hour-markers.

Made entirely of 18-carat pink gold, the second model is also adorned with a Grande Tapisserie dial in the same smoked blue as the steel variant. The pink gold hands and hour-markers illuminate the dial while coordinating with the case and bracelet. The flying tourbillon cage adds a subtle sparkle to the pink gold tone.

The titanium reference features an elegant blue sandblasted dial that offers an alternative to the traditional Tapisserie motif that has become the hallmark of the Royal Oak. These deep shades are contrasted by white gold hands and hour-markers that subtly echo the flying tourbillon located at 6 o’clock.

Whether in stainless steel, 18-carat pink gold or titanium, the case and bracelet have been hand finished by alternating satin-finishing and polishing for a matt and shiny finish emblematic of the brand.

The three new models are powered by the Calibre 2950, the Manufacture’s latest generation selfwinding movement combining a flying tourbillon with a central rotor. The first Audemars Piguet wristwatch with this complication was launched in 2018 in the Royal Oak Concept collection.

Visible both on the dial and through the sapphire caseback, the flying tourbillon cage decorated with refined finishing offers an unobstructed view of some of the watch’s regulating components. The caseback also highlights the movement’s refined decorations such as satin-finishing, snailing, hand-polished chamfers and Côtes de Genève– which are now straight and no longer in rays as on the 2020 models where they recalled the sunburst Tapisserie pattern adorning the dial.

Crafted with the greatest care both inside and out, these three new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon models combine contemporary aesthetics with ancestral expertise.

The three Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillons are fitted with a 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight – rhodium-toned on the stainless steel and titanium models – specially developed to celebrate the Royal Oak’s anniversary. It features the “50-years” logo and has the Audemars Piguet signature engraved on its surface. For the occasion, the colour of the oscillating weight has also been matched to the tone of the case and features similar polished and satin-finished surfaces.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon / 41 mm

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 2950
Total diameter: 31.5 mm (13 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 6.24 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Number of parts: 270
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations / hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes

Case, dial and strap

Reference 26730ST.OO.1320ST.01

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

Dial
Smoked blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
White gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

Reference 26730TI.OO.1320TI.01

Case
Titanium case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50m
Case thickness: 10.6 mm

Dial
Sandblasted blue dial
White gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Titanium bracelet with AP folding clasp

Reference 26730OR.OO.1320OR.01

Case
18-carat pink gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50m
Case thickness: 10.6 m

Dial
Smoked blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
Pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 43 mm 18K White Gold Diamond-set Versions

Audemars Piguet has expanded the Royal Oak Offshore 43 mm line by launching four new 18-carat white gold Self-winding Chronographs embellished with an array of brilliant or baguette-cut diamonds.

Among them, two timepieces are entirely finished with brilliant-cut diamonds. The stones illuminating the 18-carat white gold bezel and case provide an interesting play of light with the large polished bevels adorning both the bezel and case. The alternation of gem-setting and polished chamfers can also be admired on the curved push-piece guards.

The dial too is paved with brilliant-cut diamonds and complemented with assertive18-carat white gold hour-markers and hands filled with luminescent coating for optimum visibility in the dark.

The Royal Oak Offshore’s double glare-proofed sapphire crystal, which is curved from 6 to 12 o’clock to integrate the ergonomic curvature of the bezel, accentuates the dial’s unique play of light. The diamonds’ glittering effect is contrasted with black ceramic push-pieces and crown, the colour of which is echoed by the watch’s counters and inner bezel.

 

The two timepieces benefit from the Manufacture’s interchangeable strap system introduced last year. One of them is endowed with a white gold interchangeable bracelet fully paved with brilliant-cut diamonds – a first at Audemars Piguet.

Directly integrated into the case’s studs, the interchangeability system allows the wearer to change the bracelet with a quick click and release, while the double-push system grants optimum security when the watch is on the wrist. The model comes with a second black rubber strap fitted with a diamond-set white gold folding clasp for bolder contrasts.

The other timepiece is fitted on a black rubber interchangeable strap which furthers the watch’s two-tone aesthetic and comes with a second refined black alligator strap.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 43 mm collection also expands with two two-tone 18-carat white gold models set with baguette-cut diamonds for an elegant and sporty look.

The first model presents a white gold case finished with an alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers. The bezel is decorated with baguette-cut diamonds which seamlessly fit its slight ergonomic curvature. The watch is enhanced with a black dial sporting the Manufacture’s latest criss-cross Méga Tapisserie pattern introduced last year.

The pyramids of the stamped motif are finished with a satin effect. The black Méga Tapisserie is contrasted with silver-toned counters, white gold hour-markers and hands as well as an applied white gold AP monogram, all in tune with the white gold case.

The watch’s grey hues are contrasted with black ceramic push-pieces and crown as well as a corresponding rubber interchangeable strap fitted with a white gold folding clasp. The timepiece comes with a second black alligator strap for a more classic touch.

The second model boasts a case, crown and bezel covered with baguette-cut diamonds – all meticulously chosen and cut to adapt to the case’s ergonomic architecture. Similarly to the first model, the watch is complemented with a black Méga Tapisserie dial illuminated with silver-toned counters, as well as white gold hour-markers, hands and AP monogram at 12 o’clock.

The black rubber strap reinforces the watch’s two-tone aesthetic. The rubber strap of the model entirely set with baguette-cut diamonds is not interchangeable due to the baguette-cut setting on the case’s studs.

The new models are powered by the Manufacture’s integrated chronograph technology, Calibre 4401, first released in 2019 on the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection.

This self-winding chronograph movement is endowed with 70 hours of power reserve. It features a high-end column wheel and a flyback function that enables to instantaneously restart the chronograph without stopping or resetting it first.

Calibre 4401 is also equipped with a vertical clutch system that prevents hands from jumping when the chronograph is started or stopped, as well as a patented zero resetting mechanism ensuring that each one of the counter hands seamlessly resets to zero.

The sapphire caseback reveals the collection’s dedicated blackened 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight as well as components usually hidden from view such as the so-called dance of the chronograph hammers. Calibre 4401 is finished with refined decorations on the caseback side such as “Côte de Genève,” “traits tirés,” polished chamfers and circular graining.

The counters’ horizontal arrangement – with the hour counter located at 3 o’clock, the small seconds at 6 and the minute counter at 9 o’clock – provides optimum readability suitable to all occasions.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph / 43 mm (new diamond-set versions in 18K white gold)

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

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

Reference 26423BC.ZZ.D002CA.01

Case
18-carat white gold case and bezel both set with brilliant-cut diamonds, double glareproofed sapphire crystal, glareproofed sapphire caseback, black ceramic push-pieces and screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 14.4 mm

Dial
18-carat white gold dial set with brilliant-cut diamonds, black counters, white gold applied hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel.

Strap
Black rubber interchangeable strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Additional black alligator interchangeable strap

Setting
Dial set with 189 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.96 carats.
Bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~2.21 carats.
Case and push-piece guards set with 138 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~1.89 carats.
Studs set with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.48 carats.
Folding clasp set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.29 carats.
In total: 423 brilliant-cut diamonds (~5.83 carats).

Reference 26423BC.ZZ.2100BC.01

Case
18-carat white gold case and bezel both set with brilliant-cut diamonds, double glareproofed sapphire crystal, glareproofed sapphire caseback, black ceramic push-pieces and screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 14.4 mm

Dial
18-carat white gold dial set with brilliant-cut diamonds, black counters, white gold applied hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel.

Bracelet
18-carat white gold interchangeable bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds, 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp. Additional black rubber interchangeable strap and additional 18-carat white gold folding clasp set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

Setting
Dial set with 189 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.96 carats.
Bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~2.21 carats.
Case and push-piece guards set with 138 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~1.89 carats.
Studs set with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.48 carats.
Bracelet set with 907 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~6.7 carats.
Folding clasp set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.29 carats.
In total: 1330 brilliant-cut diamonds (~12.53 carats).

Reference 26424BC.ZZ.D002CA.01

 

Case
18-carat white gold case, white gold bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds, double glareproofed sapphire crystal, glareproofed sapphire caseback, black ceramic push-pieces and screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 100m.
Case thickness: 14.4 mm

Dial
Black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, silver-toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel.

Strap
Black rubber interchangeable strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp. Additional black alligator interchangeable strap.

Setting
Bezel set with 32 baguette-cut diamonds for a total of ~1.45 carats.

Reference 26425BC.ZZ.D002CA.01

 

Case
18-carat white gold case and white gold bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds, double glare-proofed sapphire crystal, glare-proofed sapphire caseback, black ceramic push-pieces, white gold screw-locked crown set with baguette-cut diamonds, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 15.2 mm

Dial
Black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, silver-toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel.

Setting
Bezel set with 32 baguette-cut diamonds for a total of ~1.45 carats.
Case, push-piece guards and crown set with 68 baguette-cut diamonds for a total of ~7.69 carats.
Studs set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds for a total of ~0.49 carats.
Folding clasp set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds for a total of ~1.15 carats.
In total: 124 baguette-cut diamonds (~10.78 carats).

Strap
Black rubber strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp set with baguette-cut diamonds.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm in Frosted Gold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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