The New 34 mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding in Black Ceramic
The newest addition to the Audemars Piguet Selfwinding collection is crafted in black ceramics in a 34 mm size, perfect for smaller wrists. This all-black model’s sleek, bold look is complemented with pink gold accents for an enticing contrast.
The making of the black ceramic is a complex process requiring different stages of high-precision machining. The exact composition of the ceramics is a closely guarded secret, though. Each ceramic part is pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed before being finished by hand. The result is a light yet ultra-resistant and scratchproof case.
The Royal Oak Selfwinding watch sports a black “Grande Tapisserie” dial, one of the Royal Oak’s trademarks, achieved using know-how no longer taught in watchmaking school. Little squares are carved out on the dial’s metal plate by an engraving machine from the 1970s that reproduces a pattern motif. The indexes, hands, and bezel screws are in rose gold.
The timepiece is fitted with the automatic movement, Calibre 5800, and features a power reserve of 50 hours of power reserve and water resistance of 50 meters. The dedicated pink gold oscillating weight and inner workings are visible through the open case back.
The New 34 mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Frosted Gold
Audemars Piguet expands its 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding collection, first presented in April 2020, with a new reference in Frosted White Gold – a jewelry technique developed in 2016 in collaboration with Italian jewelry designer Carolina Bucci.
The Frosted Gold finishing takes inspiration from an ancient Florentine jewelry technique, reinterpreted by Carolina Bucci in her jewelry creations. Carolina assisted Audemar Piguet’s craftspeople in developing it into a horological craft suited to the Royal Oak’s case and bracelet. Small indentations are made on the gold surface with a diamond-tipped tool, resulting in a shimmering effect similar to “diamond dust.”
The 18-carat white gold piece features the iconic Audemars Piguet Tapisserie dial in new shades of blue. The white gold hour-markers and hands perfectly match the case.
You can admire the automatic Calibre 5800 and its dedicated pink gold oscillating weight through the open case back. This hour, minute, central second, and date movement has 50 hours of power reserve and is water-resistant to 50 meters.
The New 38 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph
Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph in 38 mm will only be available in Audemars Piguet boutiques. For the first time, Audemars Piguet presents a solid 18-carat rose gold timepiece with a bezel set with baguette-cut amethysts. These purple gemstones match the purple “Grande Tapisserie” dial to perfection.
The dial is treated with a new color methodology made up of multiple layers of purple PVD to give that color-changing effect. The three chronograph counters on the dial are also purple, with 18-carat rose gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands.
Its rose gold case and bracelet feature alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces, an Audemars Piguet signature. The bezel is set with 32 baguette-cut amethysts (~2.85 carats) for the first time.
The Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38 mm is powered by the automatic Calibre 2385 with chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, date functions, and a power reserve of 40 hours. The rose gold case back features a “Royal Oak” engraving.
The New Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked available in 41mm or 37mm
In October of this year, Audemars Piguet will add three new references in 41 mm and two in 37 mm to its Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked series, all with a rainbow bezel.
The new rainbow bezel is set with 12 different kinds of multi-colored gemstones, including rubies, tsavorites, emeralds, topaz, tanzanites, amethysts, and various colored sapphires. Each of the 32 gemstones has been carefully selected to offer the most vivid hues that seamlessly merge together on the bezel. Perfectly cut, polished, and aligned, the gemstones reflect the light to create a unique optical rainbow.
Both the case and the bracelet of the 37 mm and 41 mm models are in frosted gold – white, rose, or yellow gold. The openworked Manufacture movement, Caliber 3132, and its double balance wheel mechanism are visible on both sides of the case. The double balance wheel is a patented innovation introduced by Audemars Piguet in 2016, increasing the watch’s precision and stability.
In line with the existing 41 mm offering, the new yellow, pink or white Frosted Gold case and bracelet feature slate grey NAC-coated bridges and a black inner bezel. The double balance wheel at 8 o’clock takes on yellow gold-toned, pink gold-toned, or rhodium-toned hues to echo the case’s color. Similarly, the hour-markers and luminescent Royal Oak hands are in yellow, pink, or white gold.
The two new 37 mm Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked references in 18-carat pink and yellow gold are perfect for the smaller wrist. The openworked movement matches the color of the case with only a blackened openworked barrel at 1 o’clock. In the same tone as the movement and case, the pink or yellow gold hour-makers and luminescent Royal Oak hands blend in to put forward the beauty of the Calibre 3132.
The new Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel in 37 and 41 mm will be exclusively available in Audemars Piguet’s Boutiques as of October 2021.
Susanne Samuelsson is from Sweden but has lived in Switzerland for most of her life. She has spent the last 20 years working for luxury watch publications in sales and marketing. She has worked for Europa Star, Revolution, Elite Traveler,Quintessentially and The Rake. She loves wearing men’s timepieces and since she started The Watch Pages has a list as long as your arm of new watches she would love to buy!