In 1972, Audemars Piguet upended the watch world by unveiling a luxury wristwatch crafted from steel, which became ubiquitous in horology. Since this is Royal Oak’s Golden Jubilee, releases of the precious metal make perfect sense. However, as Audemars Piguet celebrates a watch born from challenging expectations in case materials, the brand decided to take a different path, releasing the colorful, ceramic Royal Oaks. In the latest release for this anniversary year, Audemars Piguet is launching the 41mm Perpetual Calendar Royal Oak in a brand new blueberry-blue ceramic case and bracelet.
Royal Oak, with it cloth The dial, integrated bracelet and octagonal bezel have one of the most iconic silhouettes of any watch produced in the last half century. Despite ushering in the steel revolution in luxury sport watches, Audemars Piguet has not shied away from precious metals and unique materials, including gold, platinum, titanium and ceramic. While this isn’t the first Royal Oak to be crafted from ceramic – or even the first Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar to be crafted from ceramic – it’s the first time Audemars Piguet has created a case and bracelet entirely from blue ceramic. For this release, Audemars Piguet chose a 41mm case diameter with an impressively thin 9.5mm thickness and 20m water resistance.
In many ways, ceramic is a dream material for watches because it is lightweight and highly resistant to scratches and wear. And, if you really know what you’re doing, it can be produced in a variety of colors. However, there is a good reason why the material is not common. Producing ceramic watches is challenging; It requires hot zirconium oxide (ZrO2) powder, along with some secret ingredients, to an extremely high temperature, then shaping it into shape and finally finishing the accumulated hard material by hand. In this case, the result is a stunning blue finished by Le Brassus artisans to deliver the same satin brushing and polished chamfers that give way to the trademark royal oak shimmer.
While it’s easy to get sidetracked by the vibrant blue case and bracelet, we can’t forget that this is a perpetual calendar. Audemars Piguet ensures that the dial is also impressive, using a color-matched PVD blue tone in it. A large garment Dial, subdials and inner bezel. Applied indexes and bezel hands are filled with 18k white gold and luminous material. Three calendar dials and a moonface provide symmetry on the dial and provide the wearer with hours, minutes, day, date, week, month, celestial moon and leap year information.
Powered by the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Caliber 5134 movement. The 5134 also calculates the days of each month and the date in leap years and does not require manual adjustment for about 80 years (an adjustment is required in the year 2100). The 5134 is a new Audemars Piguet caliber and, despite the complications, comes in at just 4.3mm thick, allowing the entire case to measure in at a slim 9.5mm. The movement, with its 38 jewels, 40h power reserve, and beating at 19.8bph, is visible through a sapphire caseback and has ample decoration. The shores of GenevaCircular grinding, sunray brushing, polished chamfers and a 22-carat gold open-worked oscillating weight.
Since this is an Audemars Piguet, the watch has a perpetual calendar, And It’s crafted from wild new blue ceramic, no doubt priced in the stratosphere, and this – MSRP for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar on Blue Ceramic Stands 106,900 CHF As of press time. And if you manage to get your hands on it in the first place. Ignoring price and availability, it’s refreshing to see another colorful ceramic-cased Royal Oak after limited editions like the rainbow-hued Royal Oak and equalizer-dialed Royal Oak Offshore Music Editions with Carolina Bucci. Now that Audemars Piguet has added blue to their ceramic palette, we’ll have to wait and see how far the brand is willing to go in exploring new, powerful ceramics. For more information, please visit Audemars Piguet’s site.