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My current watch crush, the multi-colored Audemars Piguet Diver Chrono

Josh Shanks

Overview At this year’s SIHH, Audemars Piguet released a wide variety of novelties. From haute horology minute repeaters (i.e. Grand Sonnerie), double balance wheel Royal Oaks, the return of yellow gold, and, of course, some awesome fashion forward multi-colored divers. This year’s novelties definitely got my heart beating. Honestly, as a collector of AP, I was very surprised by the diver move. In the last few years, AP has been moving away from limited editions (particularly within the Offshore range) and has instead focused their efforts on building on their heritage (Royal Oak line, Grand Comps, and Ladies’ pieces). You can imagine my delight when I saw a new sporty diver line in multiple colors (Green, Orange, Yellow, and Blue). It was a surprising and innovative move for a very calculated and traditional Swiss brand. Ever since SIHH ended, I’ve

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Video: Audemars Piguet making the most famous dial in the business

This video shows the making of the famous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dial with tapisserie pattern. Since 1972, they have been manufactured traditionally without any help from modern or CNC technology.

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SIHH 2016: Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

Josh Shanks

Introducing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked, which debuted today in Geneva, at SIHH. Audemars Piguet has been a master of the intricate process of skeletonization since the 1930s. Today, they still perform the filing, decoration, and finishing the same way they did back then: by hand. The reasons for this are both aesthetic and technical. For example, a milling machine produces perfectly acceptable rounded angles, but it cannot produce the perfect interior angles (or v-cut angles) that so superlatively reflect light. Technically speaking, the most notable innovation on this piece is the double balance wheel. The watch literally has two hearts, and it’s a marvel to see in action. Audemars Piguet spent five years developing the double balance wheel, and the results are stunning. According to the manufacture, “The Royal Oak Double Balance wheel Openworked tackles

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Introducing the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm

Audemars Piguet launched the new, larger 41 mm diameter versions of their revered Royal Oaks in 2012, which we reviewed HERE. Staying consistent, the newly announced Royal Oak Perpetual Calendars have also been upsized to 41 mm diameter cases. The new collection will be available in 4 variations. Steel with a white or blue dial and pink gold with a white or blue dial. According to the manufacture, “The enlarged size has resulted in a “Grande Tapisserie” dial design that greatly increases the overall aesthetics, balance and legibility of the perpetual calendar indications.” The perpetual calendar features the day, date, a highly detailed astronomical moon display, month and leap year. Uniquely, the outer chapter ring displays the 52-weeks of the year along with a coordinating central hand that indicates the current week. The new automatic caliber 5134 is based on

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Casing up a Royal Oak

This video shows the process of casing up of the legendary Royal Oak case. Produced by Audemars Piguet.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Video Review

In this video, Steve Hallock of TickTocking, gives an excellent breakdown of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 5402 A-Series. This is a mint condition example of the original Royal Oak from 1972, powered by caliber 2121. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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New version of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Audemars Piguet debuted a new Royal Oak Offshore Diver with a silver-toned dial last month in Geneva. Apart from the dial (and an open caseback which was only available on the ceramic model previously), everything else is the same. The Royal Oak Offshore Diver comes in a 42 mm diameter steel case with an inner rotating dive bezel controlled by the 2nd crown on caseband at 10 o’clock. A see-through caseback shows off the beautifully decorated caliber 3120 self-winding movement, and its engraved gold rotor. The 40 jewel movement runs at 3Hz, has 280 parts and features a 60-hour maximum power reserve. The new silver-toned dial (Ref. 15710ST.OO.A002CA.02) features the same “Méga Tapisserie” pattern as the existing models, such as the black dial variation (which now comes with an open caseback). The dial has white gold applied hour-markers and Royal

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Two-Tone Selfwinding Royal Oak

The modern Royal Oak collection (non-Jumbo) is 41 mm in diameter, and is currently available steel or 18K gold. For 2015, it is now available in a two-tone version the consists of a steel case, bracelet and caseback – with an 18K pink bezel, hands, indices and bracelet plots. This is not the first two-tone look to come from Le Brassus (the home of Audemars Piguet). It is, however, the first in many years. Apart from the combining pink gold with steel, nothing else on the watch has changed from when we REVIEWED it here in steel. It has the same superb self-winding movement (caliber 3120) with 280 parts, 40 jewels, a 60-hour power reserve and a frequency of 3Hz. Same pink gold relief engraved rotor. Same 41 mm by 9.80 mm case dimensions. Same glare-proofed sapphire crystal and see-through

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Audemars Piguet building contemporary museum in Le Brassus

Over the summer Audemars Piguet announced that is had commissioned Danish firm BIG to expand the headquarters (located in Le Brassus) by adding a spiral building to the rear of the original Audemars Piguet family home (and workshops), which currently houses the brand’s museum. Audemars Piguet opened the original museum in 1992 and expanded it in 2004. The collection includes more than 1,300 timepieces that are part of the brand’s heritage and span 250 years of history. The new museum, called Maison des Fondateurs, features a spiral-shaped design that sits partially underground, directly behind the current museum building. The buildings will be connected underground. It will also include galleries and event spaces. The museum will feature a brass-coated steel roof, which will undulate up and down to create vaulted ceilings. The rest of the structure will be built using a

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SIHH 2015: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept

Audemars Piguet will introduce a new Royal Oak Concept watch that took is the result of an eight year sound research program and is the subject of three patents. The Royal Oak chiming watch was developed in collaborations with EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). According to Audemars Piguet, “The result is scientifically defined sonic targets for watchmakers to measure and attain the ‘perfect’ minute repeater sound at a volume level never achieved before. By applying the principles of stringed instrument making, Audemars Piguet has made a breakthrough in the acoustic quality of chiming watch technology and significantly enhanced sound transmission. In parallel, the Manufacture has innovated to overcome the necessary restrictions of water-resistance, which naturally dampens volume, with creative solutions increasing sound intensity. Finally, to further improve sound perception, Audemars Piguet developed a new – almost silent – striking

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