Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in Lucent Steel A223

Available with a contemporary rubber strap for the first time, the new Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in Lucent Steel A223 comes with an Aletsch Blue or Pitch Black dial.

The new Alpine Eagle XL Chrono models feature a sporty and masculine extra-large 44 mm-diameter case forged from Lucent Steel A223, an innovative steel alloy developed by Chopard for its anti-allergenic properties, its robustness and its incomparable brilliance achieved through a meticulous recasting process.

The discreet right-hand pushers relating to the chronograph functions are subtly integrated on either side of the crown guards and preserve the collection’s characteristically harmonious shape and symmetry.

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in Lucent Steel A223 with Aletsch Blue dial

The Alpine Eagle XL Chrono is equipped with the Chopard 03.05-C caliber. Developed and assembled by the artisans in the Maison’s watchmaking workshops, it is one of the world’s most innovative chronograph movements. It has a 60-hour power reserve and features an elaborate design guaranteeing accurate adjustments and optimal use of the chronograph functions.

Chopard Calibre 03.05-C (original)

Equipped with a column wheel, Cal. 03.05-C is also enhanced by several technical innovations that have earned Chopard three patents.

First of all, it is equipped with a unidirectional gear drive system that prevents energy losses while ensuring rapid winding, a function much appreciated in the inherently energy-hungry chronograph category. In addition, its vertical clutch ensures accurate time-measurement starts. This chronograph calibre is also of the flyback variety, enabling smooth successive timing operations thanks to three pivoting hammers with elastic arms facilitating zero-setting of the counters.

Equipped with a stop-seconds function enabling accurate adjustments of the watch, the Chopard 0.305-C movement is chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute.

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in Lucent Steel A223 with Pitch Black dial

Already available with an integrated metal bracelet and a leather option, the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono model treats itself to a new look with a rubber strap.

The multiple advantages of this material make it an ideal ally for sports chronographs subjected to the most extreme conditions: water-resistant, lastingly reliable, malleable and comfortable to wear, it gives the timepiece a particularly dynamic look.

In using rubber, the workshops of the Maison have preserved the elegance and identity of the Alpine Eagle by reprising the shape of the metal-link bracelet – slightly tapering with a raised central cap – that is an integral part of the collection’s DNA.

The material is different, while the identity and well-balanced proportions remain signature features of these new contemporary chronographs. Rubber also lends itself to colour, since the strap adapts to the blue or black dial of each of the two new Alpine Eagle XL Chrono models.

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in Lucent Steel A223 case back

Chopard cultivates a longstanding tradition of sporty rubber straps. In 1995, the Maison’s workshops were among the first to adopt this material with its strong creative potential by reproducing the rubber treads of 1960s Dunlop tyres on the straps of its Mille Miglia chronograph collection. This trend that has been continuously nurtured by the Mille Miglia models has since spread widely across the watchmaking scene.

Drawing inspiration from the beauty of Nature, the collection remains loyal to the shade of its dial referring to the Aletsch glacier (the largest in Switzerland) for the blue version; and to the intense blackness of mountain nights when wild Nature reclaims its rights for the Pitch Black dial. The texture and sunburst pattern evoke an eagle’s iris.

The seconds hand with its arrow-shaped tip flies over a highly legible display punctuated by snailed counters. The hands and hour-markers are coated with Grade XI Super-LumiNova®, a treatment offering the advantage of retaining the same intensity over the years, while naturally more luminous than traditional Super-LumiNova®.

The tachymeter scale bearing discreet red 100, 160 and 240 graduations appears on the inner bezel ring. It is divided into four steps, with different intervals of 5, 10, 20 or 40 km/h per line. This arrangement facilitates reading the average speed measurements and contributes to the dial’s overall aesthetic dynamic.

Technical details

Model: Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono

References
Ref. 298609-3003 – in Lucent Steel A223 with Aletsch Blue dial
Ref. 298609-3004 – in Lucent Steel A223 with Pitch Black dial

Case
Material: Lucent Steel A223
Total diameter: 44.00 mm
Thickness: 13.15 mm
Crown in Lucent Steel A223 with compass rose 8 mm
Crown guards and pushers in Lucent Steel A223
Caseband in Lucent Steel A223
Bezel in Lucent Steel A223 with eight screws set at a tangent
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back with sapphire crystal and Alpine Eagle logo
Water resistance: 100 metres

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement Chopard 03.05-C
Integrated column-wheel chronograph mechanism
Number of components 310
Diameter 28.80 mm
Thickness 7.60 mm
Number of jewels 45
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve 60 hours
Annual balance with balance-spring featuring a flat terminal curve
Patented chronograph zero-resetting mechanism with pivoting hammers and elastic arms
Patented unidirectional gear drive
Patented vertical clutch system
Open-worked central rotor with tungsten alloy
Chronometer-certified by the COSC

Dial and hands
Brass dial stamped with an Aletsch Blue or Pitch Black sunburst pattern achieved by galvanic treatment and inspired by the eagle’s iris
Applied numerals and hour-markers, rhodium-plated and enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®
Snailed Aletsch Blue or Pitch Black chronograph counters
Baton-type hours and minutes hands, rhodium-plated and enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium-plated arrow-type seconds hand with eagle feather-shaped counterweight
Rhodium-plated red-tipped chronograph counter hands
Transferred white and red graduations on the tachymeter scale

Functions
Central hours, minutes and chronograph seconds
Semi-instantaneous minutes counter display
Semi-instantaneous date indication between 4 and 5 o’clock
Chronograph with flyback function
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Tachymeter
Stop-seconds function

Strap and buckle
Blue or black rubber strap with titanium insert
Pin buckle in Lucent Steel A223

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak New Design Evolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37 mm

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

Functions
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date

Reference 15550SR.OO.1356SR.01

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

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

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

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

Reference 15550ST.OO.1356ST.01

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp

Reference 15550ST.OO.1356ST.02

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15550ST.OO.1356ST.03

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15550ST.OO.1356ST.04

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551ST.ZZ.1356ST.01

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551ST.ZZ.1356ST.02

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551ST.ZZ.1356ST.03

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 15551OR.ZZ.1356OR.01

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

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

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

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

Reference 15551OR.ZZ.1356OR.02

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

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

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

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

Reference 15551OR.ZZ.1356OR.03

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

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

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

Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold bracelet andAP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm

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

Functions
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date

Reference 26715ST.OO.1356ST.01

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26715ST.OO.1356ST.02

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26715ST.ZZ.1356ST.01

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26715OR.OO.1356OR.01

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

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

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

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

Reference 26715OR.ZZ.1356OR.01

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

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

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

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

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm

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

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

Reference 26240ST.OO.1320ST.01

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240ST.OO.1320ST.02

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240ST.OO.1320ST.03

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240ST.OO.1320ST.04

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

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

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

Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet and AP folding clasp.

Reference 26240OR.OO.1320OR.01

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

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

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

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

Reference 26240OR.OO.1320OR.02

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

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

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

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

Reference 26240OR.OO.1320OR.03

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

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

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

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

Reference 26240OR.OO.1320OR.04

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

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

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

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

Reference 26240OR.OO.D315CR.01

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

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

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

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

Reference 26240OR.OO.D404CR.01

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

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

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

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

Reference 26240OR.OO.D002CR.01

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

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

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

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

Reference 26242OR.ZZ.1322OR.01

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

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

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

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

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

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph 36.2mm

Blancpain has launched a new feminine version of its iconic Air Command Chronograph watch.

Feminine watches hold a special place in Blancpain’s watch range. Since the early 1930s, the Manufacture has tirelessly developed new movements and introduced innovations on women’s behalf.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph 36.2mm

Blancpain is no stranger to ladies’ chronographs and in 1998 became the first to introduce a flyback chronograph for women. The new Air Command 36.2 mm is a sportier and more adventurous interpretation of the ladies’ flyback chronograph.

The rare 1950s Blancpain chronograph that inspired the Air Command collection is naturally reflected in the vintage look of this new model.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph 36.2mm with 18k red gold case

The layout of the counters and tachymeter scale on the dial, as well as the shape of the luminescent hands and hour-markers, the piston-type chronograph pushers and the glass box-type sapphire crystal all evoke the original timepiece.

Exactly like authentic vintage aviation watches, the new Air Command offers two distinct timing modes: a flyback chronograph and a countdown bezel. This model is nonetheless firmly rooted in the 21st century.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph 36.2mm with titanium case

The blue colour of the dial and the ceramic bezel insert endow it with a blend of modernity and elegance. The refinement continues with the sunburst and snailed dial finishes, as well as the alternating satin-brushed and polished finishing on the case.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph 36.2mm with 18k red gold case and blue dial

Housed inside its 36.2 mm diameter is the F188B self-winding movement whose vertical clutch ensures stutter-free activation of the chronograph seconds hand, as well as smooth and optimal stop/start functions.

Equipped with a silicon balance-spring, the movement also features a column-wheel system guaranteeing a smooth feel when starting or ending a measurement and resetting the hands to zero.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph 36.2mm with titanium case

The sapphire crystal case-back of the watch reveals the beauty of this high-end mechanism and its open-worked oscillating weight, adorned with traditional watchmaking finishes such as circular graining, bevelling and snailing.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph 36.2mm red gold version

Available in grade 23 titanium or in 18K red gold, the Air Command comes with a blue calf leather strap featuring white stitching.

Technical details

Model: Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph 36.2mm

Versions
AC03-12B40-63: With titanium case
AC03-36B40-63: With 18ct red gold case

Movement
Calibre F188B
Thickness: 5.50 mm
Diameter: 26.20 mm
Power-reserve: 40 hours
Jewels: 35
Components: 255

Functions
Hours and minutes
Flyback Chronograph

Case
Satin-brushed titanium or Satin-brushed 18ct red gold
Thickness: 11.50 mm
Diameter: 36.20 mm
Sapphire crystal back
Two-way rotating titanium or 18ct red gold bezel with blue ceramic insert
Interhorn space: 18.00 mm
Water-resistance: 3 bar

Dial
Sunburst blue dial
Super-LumiNova® hour-markers
Tachymeter scale

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.

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

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.

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

 

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 43 mm 18K White Gold Diamond-set watch Ref. ROO_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

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 43 mm 18K White Gold Diamond-set watch Ref. ROO_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

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

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm in Frosted Yellow Gold

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm in Frosted White Gold

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm in Yellow Frosted Gold

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm in Frosted Gold

The colour of the case and bracelet determines the tone of the Grande Tapisserie dial. The three black counters positioned on the dial provide an elegant contrast with the adjacent grey or yellow gold toned hues, while the Royal Oak hands and hour-markers, filled with the luminescent coating, echo the respective dial colour.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak self-winding Calibre 4401

The self-winding Calibre 4401 is 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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm in Frosted Gold

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. Visible through the sapphire caseback, these decorations further the two timepieces’ elegant aesthetic.

Initially, both versions of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Chronographs will be sold exclusively in Japan from May to July 2022. Thereafter, the models will be available globally from August 2022.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph / 41 mm

Movement
Self-winding 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.

Case, dial and strap

Reference: 26240BC.GG.1324BC.01

Case
Hammered 18-carat white gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50m

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

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Reference: 26240BA.GG.1324BA.01

Case
Hammered 18-carat yellow gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50m

Dial
Yellow-gold-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, black counters, yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Tag Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Collection – Autavia Flyback Chronograph and Autavia GMT 3 Hands

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the legendary Autavia collection, Tag Heuer is releasing three new timepieces in 2022. This commemorative series is comprised of two flyback chronograph models and the first-ever three-hand GMT within the Autavia collection.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, Stainless steel version with silver dial

The Calibre Heuer 02 COSC Flyback manufacture movement brings the flyback function to the Autavia collection for the first time with two new chronograph models, while the Calibre 7 COSC GMT movement drives a brand-new three-hand GMT model – another first for the Autavia collection.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands

The new Autavia Flyback Chronograph references are immediately recognisable with their distinctive chronograph pushers and an extra-large crown, which are both inspired by the historic TAG Heuer dashboard timers.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, Stainless steel version with silver dial

Another feature that has contributed to the reputation of TAG Heuer chronographs is readability. Here too, TAG Heuer remains true to its DNA with a Super-LumiNova® coating on the hour markers and hands, which ensures quick and clear legibility, once again taking inspiration from a historic Autavia reference, the 73663, which included a dial variation that also featured large luminous Arabic numerals.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, Stainless steel version with silver dial

A bidirectional rotating bezel and a sapphire crystal front and back reinforce the durability and utility of the new TAG Heuer Autavia chronographs.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, Stainless steel version with silver dial

One of the two chronograph models features a silver dial and polished stainless-steel case, a nod to the rare and coveted panda dials that were produced for the Autavia in extremely limited quantities in the 1960s.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, Stainless steel black dlc version with black dial

The second Autavia flyback model showcases the direct link to TAG Heuer’s military pieces of the past with its black dial and DLC-coated case.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, Stainless steel black dlc version with black dial

The third model introduced in the 60th year of the Autavia wristwatch is fitted with the Calibre 7 COSC GMT movement. The completely new three-hand GMT Autavia (the first GMT model in the collection) features a radiant blue sunray-brushed dial. Its numerals and hands coated with Super-LumiNova® for perfect readability.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands

Measuring 42mm, the polished stainless-steel case is mounted with a magnificent blue and black ceramic bezel. The watch features four centrally placed hands for displaying hour, minute, seconds and GMT/second time-zone. The GMT hand can be distinguished easily by its bright orange color.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands
All three models will be delivered either on a stainless-steel bracelet or an alligator leather strap fitted with a double-pushbutton deployant clasp, and customers can choose an additional strap if they wish thanks to the easy interchangeability options on this model.

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands case back

All timepieces from this new series are tested for a water resistance of 100 meters.

Technical details

Collection: TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary

Model: TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph
Reference: CBE511B.FC8279

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, Stainless steel version with silver dial

Movement
Calibre Heuer 02 COSC Flyback

Functions
Minutes, seconds, hour, date, chronograph

Dial
Silver dial
Indexes and hands with off-white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium-plated hour and minute hands

Case
42 mm diameter
Polished and fine-brushed stainless-steel case
Black ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel
Sapphire caseback
Water resistance: 100 metres

Bracelet
Black alligator leather strap
Stainless-steel pin buckle

Availability
From January 2022

Model: TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph
Reference: CBE511C.FC8280

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, Stainless steel black dlc version with black dial

Movement
Calibre Heuer 02 COSC Flyback

Functions
Minutes, seconds, hour, date, chronograph

Dial
Black dial
Indexes and hands with green Super-LumiNova®

Case
42 mm diameter
DLC-coated, polished and fine-brushed case
Black ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel
Sapphire caseback
Water resistance: 100 metres

Bracelet
Black alligator leather strap
DLC-coated pin buckle

Availability
From January 2022

Model: TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands
Reference: WBE511A.BA0650

TAG HEUER AUTAVIA 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands

Movement
Calibre 7 COSC GMT

Functions
Minutes, seconds, hour, date, GMT

Dial
Blue sunray-brushed dial
Numerals and hands with white Super-LumiNova®

Case
42 mm diameter
Polished and fine-brushed stainless-steel case
Blue ceramic, black 24-hour scale bidirectional rotating bezel
Water resistance: 100 metres

Bracelet
Stainless-steel folding clasp with double safety pushbuttons

Availability
From January 2022

Hublot Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths Limited Edition

Hublot announces a 25-piece limited-edition watch symbolizing its continuing collaboration with the Oetker Collection’s iconic Caribbean hotel.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths Limited Edition

Hublot’s partnership with Eden Rock – St Barths, which is operated by the Oetker Collection, has produced special watches before, but this is the first time Hublot’s flagship Big Bang Unico 45mm has provided the template for the collaboration. The new 25-piece limited-edition has a calming 45mm cerulean blue ceramic case inspired by the colour of the sky, the ocean, and elements of the hotel’s recently reappointed interior.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths Limited Edition

The colour palette of the watch, in shades of light blue, white, red and teal accents is inspired by the white coral sand of St Jean Bay, the red rooftops of the hotel and the ever-changing shades of the idyllic blue sea.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths Limited Edition

The back of the sapphire crystal case is decorated with a specially created outline of the iconic Rock and the hotel, as seen from the shoreline, while the matching blue presentation box has a porthole containing a sample of the sand from the beach.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths Limited Edition

Beyond these special details, the watch is powered by Hublot’s hugely accomplished Unico automatic mechanical chronograph movement, and it comes with a choice of three straps, one in white rubber with blue stripes, a second in blue rubber, and thirdly a white velcro strap.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths Limited Edition

Representing the second collaboration between Eden Rock – St Barths & Hublot, this timepiece combines the style & spirit of the Hotel with a casual sophistication. Initially the Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths will only be available at the hotel. In time, it will also be available through the Hublot boutique.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: Big Bang Unico Eden Rock St Barths
Reference: 411.EX.5120.RX.ERS21

Case
Satin finished and polished blue ceramic
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 15.45 mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)
Case back: Polished blue ceramic engraved “SPECIAL EDITION”, “N° XX/25”; Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment with ERS21 decals
Bezel: Satin finished and polished blue ceramic

Dial
Blue and white skeleton with sapphire disc at 3 o’clock
Rhodium traited appliques with white luminescent

Movement
Hublot calibre HUB1242
UNICO 2 Manufacture self-winding Chronograph Flyback movement with column wheel
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h)
Power reserve: 72 hours
Number of components: 330
Jewels: 38

Strap
White rubber with blue lines
White calf Velcro sport strap with blue ceramic buckles
Blue lined rubber
Satin-finished titanium deployant buckle clasp

Edition
Limited to 25 pieces

Suggested retail price
24’000 CHF /24’900 EUR /25’300 USD / 20’900 GBP

Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS

To coincide with the launch of the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, Porsche Design presents a matching timepiece with racing DNA that is only available to owners of the sports car.

The Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS combines the style-defining design elements, materials, and high-performance qualities of the four-wheeled 718 family, and brings the character of the iconic Porsche brand to the wrist.

Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The timepiece is powered by the Porsche Design WERK 01.200 caliber. Its flyback chronograph mechanism permits the starting, stopping, and resetting of successive time intervals in just one operation. The automatic movement has been certified by the Swiss COSC testing institute, guaranteeing the highest precision and performance.

Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS

One of the basic concepts of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is that less is more – at least when it comes to weight. That is why titanium is used for some of the engine components that are constantly exposed to extreme stress. This exceedingly tough and incredibly light, high-tech material is perfect for withstanding heavy loads, and is used for parts such as the connecting rods.

Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The lightweight construction concept applied to the vehicle is reflected in the new Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS, which, like all Porsche Design timepieces, has a titanium case. The wristwatch’s relationship to the motorized 718 finds expression in other refined details: the matte black and anti-reflective dial, for example, is inspired by the sports car’s rev counter.

Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Just like the elements on the pared-back and highly modern instrument panel in the cockpit, the Signal Yellow sub dials and hands of the chronograph contrast with the dial. The ‘GT4 RS` logo and stylized checkered flag on the running second at 9 o’clock make the purpose of this time-piece instantly clear – it is ideal to be worn at the racetrack. A colored ring in Arctic Gray also adorns the dial’s rim.

Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS can be further individualized in select markets*. As a result, the timepiece not only bears the distinctive Porsche signature, but also that of the owner. Two different case colors – black or titanium – and two types of bezel are available, while the individual ring can be adapted to match the vehicle color.

Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS

In addition, a special GT4 RS watch strap is available, made of the same black leather used in the vehicle as well as black Race-Tex with ‘GT4 RS` embossing and decorative stitching in Arctic Gray or Deep Sea Blue.

Additional straps can be ordered, made either of titanium or genuine Porsche interior leather in various colors, making it possible to alter the chronograph to suit any occasion or personal design preference. Each Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS customer who configures their timepiece will be issued an individual code with which to place their order at their authorized local Porsche dealer.

Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS will be available for order through authorized Porsche dealerships beginning November 17, 2021 at a starting price of $8,400 (RRP).

* The configurator is available in Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA and Switzerland.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph, New Versions with a “Grande Tapisserie” Black or Blue Dial

Audemars Piguet has released two new versions of the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Chronograph equipped with the latest generation chronograph movement, the Calibre 4401, now visible through a sapphire caseback.

Presented in a choice of 18-carat white or pink gold, the two 41 mm timepieces are respectively complemented with a “Grande Tapisserie” black or blue dial enriched with contrasting counters matching with the case’s colour.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph white gold version with black Grande Tapisserie pattern dial

Audemars Piguet has matched the hue of the case and bracelet with the tone of the counters positioned on the “Grande Tapisserie” dial. The white gold model features a black dial with contrasting rhodium-toned counters, while the pink gold option combines a blue dial with pink gold-toned counters.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph Pink gold version with blue Grande Tapisserie pattern dial

The play with contrasts augments readability and imbues the composition with a modern and graceful look. The applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands, adorned with luminescent coating, are formed of 18-carat gold, matching the shade of the case. The minute counter and hour counter have been repositioned, improving legibility, while the date window is located closer to the inner bezel.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph white gold version with black Grande Tapisserie pattern dial

The case and bracelet are decorated with Frosted Gold and polished chamfers, evincing a shimmering sparkle depending on the prevailing light. The Frosted Gold finishing takes inspiration from an ancient Florentine jewellery technique, reinterpreted by Carolina Bucci in her contemporary jewellery creations.

The jewellery designer assisted the Manufacture’s craftspeople in developing it into a horological craft suited to the Royal Oak’s case and bracelet. 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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph Pink gold version with blue Grande Tapisserie pattern dial

At the heart of this watch is the Manufacture’s latest generation chronograph movement, the self-winding Calibre 4401, now visible through the sapphire caseback. It is 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 the chronograph is started or stopped, 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 sapphire caseaback of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph affords sight of the integrated chronograph’s column wheel and the so-called “dance” of the chronograph hammers. When the reset push-piece is activated, the hammers, driven by an operating lever, hit the chronograph’s heart-piece cams to bring the chronograph wheels and hands back to zero.

Moreover, the wearer is granted views of the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight and refined finishing, including “Côtes de Genève,” circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers throughout.

Initially, these two AP Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph models were launched exclusively in Japan during September 2021, before being available globally as of early October for reference 26239BC.GG.1224BC.02 and from mid-November 2021 for the reference 26239OR.GG.1224OR.01.

Technical details

Movement
Self-winding 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

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph / 41 mm
Reference: 26239BC.GG.1224BC.02

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph white gold version with black Grande Tapisserie pattern dial

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

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

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph / 41 mm
Reference: 26239OR.GG.1224OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Self-winding Chronograph Pink gold version with blue Grande Tapisserie pattern dial

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

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

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Images © Courtesy of Audemars Piguet

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet – New Smoked Blue Editions

Audemars Piguet has expanded its Code 11.59 collection with a new Self-winding Chronograph and a new Self-winding model with hours, minutes, seconds and date indication. Both models combine an 18-carat white gold case with a smoked blue sunburst lacquered dial. This intense dial colour was first presented in 2020 with an 18-carat pink gold case.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding with Smoked blue lacquered dial

The two new models present a case entirely crafted in 18-carat white gold. A mix of complex geometry, it is composed of an octagonal middle case positioned within an extra-thin bezel and a round caseback.

Furthermore, the upper part of the stylised lugs is welded to the extra-thin bezel, while the lower part is in perfect alignment with the caseback. This contemporary architecture is highlighted by a combination of satin-brushed, chamfered and polished surfaces that are finished to the same high-level standards as the Manufacture’s calibres.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding with Smoked blue lacquered dial

Developed by the Manufacture’s artisans, the smoked blue lacquered dial is embellished with a refined sunburst finishing on its base and offers an ever-changing play of light, much like sun rays seen from under the water. The black inner bezel further enhances this effect as it provides depth and intensity to the dial. These different shades of blue are elegantly contrasted with 18-carat white gold hands, curved hour-markers and Arabic numerals. A black rubber-coated strap with a textile decoration and a calfskin lining completes the elegant yet sporty look.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding Chronograph with Smoked blue lacquered dial

The distinctive Audemars Piguet signature on the dial is achieved thanks to a chemical process called galvanic growth that is similar to 3-D printing. It works by adding layer after layer of 24-carat gold to create a miniature logo with a unique typography. Letters are connected to one another with links no thicker than the width of a hair. The signature is then applied to the dial by hand and fixed with tiny feet that are almost invisible to the naked eye.

The double glare-proofed sapphire crystal is of particular note from both a technical and an aesthetic point of view. The crystal’s surface is shaped like a dome on the underside, while its external surface is vertically curved from 6 to 12 o’clock. This complex double curvature gives a unique visual experience, while enhancing all the details on the dial. It also perfectly integrates the extra-thin bezel and features an arched profile that embodies the watch’s contemporary design. The polished chamfer around the crystal adds the finishing touch as it echoes the burnished lines of the bezel, lugs and case.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding Chronograph with Smoked blue lacquered dial

Combining horological technology and traditional savoir-faire, the two models are powered by movements of the latest generation: the self-winding Calibre 4302 with its seconds and date indication and the self-winding integrated chronograph Calibre 4401 with column wheel and flyback function. Each calibre features a dedicated 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight, a power reserve of 70 hours, a water resistance of 30metres and a myriad of refined decorations that can all be admired through a sapphire caseback.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding Chronograph with Smoked blue lacquered dial

Both movements are equipped with a patented setting mechanism that brings stability and precision when adjusting the watch’s functions. With a large diameter of 32 mm, these movements also present reinforced chronometry.

In addition, Calibre 4401 is endowed with a patented zero resetting mechanism which ensures that each one of the counter hands is seamlessly reset to zero. It is also equipped with a vertical clutch system that prevents hands from jumping when the chronograph is started or stopped.

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding / 41 mm
Reference: 15210BC.OO.A002KB.01

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding with Smoked blue lacquered dial

Case
18-carat white gold case and bezel, lugs and caseback, double glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 30 m.
Case thickness: 10.7 mm

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 4302
Total diameter: 32 mm (14lignes)
Total thickness: 4.8 mm
Number of jewels: 32
Number of parts: 257
Minimum power reserve: 70 hours
Frequency of balance wheel: 4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date

Dial
Smoked blue lacquered dial with sunburst pattern base, white gold applied hour-markers and hands, black lacquered inner bezel.

Strap
Black rubber-coated strap with 18-carat white gold pin buckle

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding Chronograph / 41 mm
Reference: 26393BC.OO.A002KB.01

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding Chronograph with Smoked blue lacquered dial

Case
18-carat white gold case and bezel, lugs and caseback, double glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 30 m.
Case thickness: 12.6 mm

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

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

Dial
Smoked blue lacquered dial with sunburst pattern base, white gold applied hour-markers and hands, black lacquered inner bezel.

Strap
Black rubber-coated strap with 18-carat white gold pin buckle

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph New Models: Ref. AC02-12B40-63 and AC02-36B40-63

Introduced in the mid-1950s, the Air Command chronograph is probably the rarest Blancpain watch of its era. The Air Command Flyback Chronograph is inspired by this highly sought-after vintage timepiece.

Blancpain’s new Air Command fully reflects the spirit of the vintage pilot’s watch. It features a flyback chronograph and a countdown-type rotating bezel. The flyback function is a valuable element for pilots, as it enables them in a single press to reset the current timing operation and start a new one while the chronograph is running.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph New Model in titanium

With a conventional chronograph, each new measurement requires three presses – on two separate pushers – to stop, reset and restart the mechanism. The purpose of the countdown bezel is to indicate the time remaining until the destination is reached. Its numerals or hour-markers run counter-clockwise, unlike those on the bezel of a diver’s watch. The Blancpain Air Command also has a tachymeter scale indicating ground speeds, a 30-minute counter with three elongated markers marking three-minute increments and a 12-hour counter.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph New Model in titanium

The deep blue colour dial is enhanced by a fine sunburst pattern, while the chronograph counters are finely snailed. This contrast heightens the legibility of the timepiece, which is optimal for both day and night thanks to the use of Super-LumiNova® on the hands and hour-markers. This luminescent material is also found on the watch’s bezel, which incorporates a scratch-resistant ceramic insert matching the dial colour. Both sides of its Air Command model is fitted with a “glass box” sapphire crystal.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph New Model in titanium

The back of the watch reveals the Manufacture F388B movement (a variant of the F385), distinguished by a free-sprung silicon balance oscillating at a frequency of 5 Hz. The design reflects Blancpain’s philosophy of both precision and robustness. The free-sprung balance-and-spring assembly regulated by inertia screws was conceived to facilitate fine adjustments and increase shock-resistance.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph New Model in titanium

Compared to widely used metal balance-springs, the silicon balance-spring is insensitive to magnetic fields and guarantees greater precision throughout the power reserve. The 5 Hz frequency not only contributes to improved accuracy, but also enables a clear division of the seconds into 1/10th intervals. The F388B movement comprises a column-wheel system with a highly advanced Blancpain vertical clutch ensuring perfect starting and stopping without the jerks that occasionally occur with horizontal constructions.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph New Model in titanium

It is self-winding and topped by an open-worked gold oscillating weight with a snailed finish identical to that of the calibre’s bridges. This aesthetic coherence is accentuated by the colour of the rotor, which matches that of the watch case.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph New Model in red gold

Available in red gold or grade 23 titanium, the 42.5 mm-diameter case is water-resistant to 3 bar (approximately 30 metres). Alternating between satin-brushed and polished surfaces, such as on the outer edges of the lugs and the contact surfaces of the pushers, it reveals a refinement that confirms the prestigious character of the new Air Command.

Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph New Model in red gold

The model is paired with a blue calfskin strap featuring white stitching and setting the final touch to the sporty look of this pilot’s watch.

Technical details

Functions
Flyback Chronograph
Hours and minutes
Tachymeter scale

Dial
Sunburst blue dial
Super-LumiNova® hour-markers

Case
AC02-12B40-63: Satin-brushed titanium
AC02-36B40-63: Satin-brushed 18ct red gold
Two-way rotating titanium bezel with blue ceramic insert
Diameter: 42.50 mm
Thickness: 13.77 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Sapphire crystal back
Water resistance: 30 meters

Movement
Calibre F388B self-winding
Thickness: 6.65 mm
Diameter: 31.80 mm
Power reserve: 50 hours
Jewels: 35
Components: 293

Strap
Blue calfskin strap