If there’s one watch that still haunts the collective dreams of the watch lover community since SIHH 2017 it’s the Swiss Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. In ceramic. In the 40-ish years since the Royal Oak's conception, Gerald Genta’s avant-garde masterpiece has seen it all. Cases made of steel, gold, platinum, and forged carbon, married to nearly every type of complication under the sun in haute horology – but never in full ceramic, both case and bracelet.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watches
OK, we’re calling it: 1976 was one of the best years in history – for so many reasons. For a start, that’s when Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life was released. It was also the year Rocky and Taxi Driver hit cinemas, and superhotties Benedict Cumberbatch and Audrey Tatou entered the world. In conclusion: a very good year.
Swiss Audemars Piguet Watch revealed the new delicated Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked at SIHH earlier this year. While retaining the classic Royal Oak case design, the Openworked movement hosts a new concept that is said to improve the accuracy of timekeeping. Two balance wheels are positioned parallel to each other and connected via a central staff. This design is one of its kind and patented by the manufacture.
Most of the gold watches sold are 18k rose, pink or red gold. Yellow gold is slightly out of fashion. The luxury Swiss Audemars Piguet is the first amongst established, high-end watchmakers to emphasise the metal, with a full range of yellow gold Royal Oaks presented at SIHH 2016, including a chunky chronograph.