Today, watches like the Royal Oak perpetual calendar skeleton (a benchmark in AP’s collection and one of the finest perpetuals available on the current market, in my estimation), the Royal Oak Equation of Time, the revolutionary Chron-AP, and this Millenary Minute Repeater prove that AP is certainly a top-tier manufacture. AP’s in-house self-winding caliber 3120, located inside the fundamental Royal Oak 15400, can also be one of the best base moves on earth. All these are the things which keep AP pertinent to “real” watch lovers that sometimes get lost in the buzz around the other kinds of AP buyers.And then there is your average well-to-do watch buyer. For me, the best analogy for this other kind of AP buyer is advised via a singular scene in one episode of one television show that was popular for a time period some years back. I am speaking about Entourage, and I bet the great majority of you know exactly to which scene I am referring.Ari Gold receives a solid gold Royal Oak chronograph (not unlike the opinion I’ll review down below) by his own then-soon-to-be boss, who explains it as “One of the best watches in the world.” The camera then pans to the good gold watch in its box, and Ari is in disbelief regarding the present — and consequently, AP is introduced to a whole group of potential new clients, the guys who see Entourage. From this moment on, you see several of the characters on the show wearing APs. Many at the time considered Audemars Piguet Watch Box Replica had paid for the placement, but in discussions with AP through time, it had been disclosed to me not just one dollar was exchanged. Instead, a specific manufacturer on the show was a large AP client, also insisted it be a Royal Oak introduced to Ari. Entourage did a lot for AP, but it was not this one placement that defines the “other” type of AP client. It will give you a good idea of where AP is a favorite, and that’s in Hollywood, music, and sports, with the young and moneyed.
Five years after its launch, the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm has been restyled for SIHH 2017. Audemars Piguet kept the fundamentals the same, applying some minor tweaks to the dial to give it a sportier look (compare it with the earlier version).
All the new Royal Oak Chronograph variants feature two-tone dials, with the sub-dials in contrasting colours. Another obvious change are the enlarged registers for elapsed minute and hours, while that for the constant seconds has been reduced. This improves legibility somewhat, since elapsed time has to be read, while the sub-seconds is merely a reminder that the watch is running.
To the same end, the hour markers are now wider and shorter, with a broader strip of Super-Luminova for increased nighttime glow; the same has been done for the hands as well (the counterweight of the seconds hand now has luminescent paint as well).
All the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm models are equipped with the calibre 2385, which is actually the Frederic Piguet 1185, a compact and slim automatic movement.
The new range includes four models in pink gold, in either blue or brown, accompanied by either an alligator strap or matching gold bracelet, as well as three in stainless steel with black, white or blue dials.
All in stainless steel, except the bottom right in titanium and platinum
Ti and Pt
And most intriguing, the line-up also includes the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm in titanium and platinum (ref. 26331IP.OO.1220IP.01).
This unusual, boutique-only model has most of the case and bracelet in brushed titanium, with the bezel and centre links of the bracelet in polished platinum for a striking contrast of surface finishes.
And the dial is grey with the sub-dials and minute chapter ring in dark blue, the same combination of colours found on the first generation Royal Oak Offshore in titanium.
The version in titanium and platinum
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.