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SIHH 2017: Royal Oak Frosted Gold

Audemars Piguet has announced a new collection of Frosted Royal Oak timepieces – designed for women – that will be officially launched at the SIHH watch show in January. The line consists of two 37 mm Royal Oaks, in pink or white gold, powered by mechanical movements; and two 33 mm Royal Oaks, in pink or white gold, powered by quartz movements. To achieve the all-new “frosted” look each case and bracelet are hammered by hand. Otherwise, the movements and signature silver “Grande Tapisserie” dials are the same as what is offered on current Royal Oak models. Prices to be announced at SIHH 2017.

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Audemars Piguet releases new Royal Oak Dual-Time

Audemars Piguet recently released a new dial for their Royal Oak Dual-Time watch. The old model has been discontinued and so far the new version comes in one variation: a blue dial with a blue alligator leather strap. Although, we suspect more variations are coming at SIHH 2017 or later next year. Maybe even a new movement. Currently, the movement is based on a design originally purchased from Jaeger-LeCoultre, which is not a bad thing. But aesthetically, Audemars Piguet makes a more finely decorated movement so it would be nice if they eventually switched to a movement that originated in Le Brassus (Audemars Piguet’s headquarters), not Le Sentier (Jaeger-LeCoultre’s headquarters, adjacent to Le Brassus). Featuring a second timezone, day and night indicator, power reserve, hours, minutes, and the date by hand, the new version is practically the same as its

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Audemars Piguet re-opens NYC flagship boutique

On September 22, 2016, Audemars Piguet re-opened their New York City flagship store, located at 57th Street, after undergoing an extensive three-month renovation. The new 3,000 square foot design is inspired by Switzerland’s famous Vallée de Joux, where Audemars Piguet originated (Le Brassus) and is still headquartered at to this day. There are three distinct sales areas, two custom chandeliers hanging from the 15-foot ceilings, two large displays showing off images of the Vallée de Joux taken by famous photographer Dan Holdsworth’s, and even stone flooring that was imported from the Swiss mountains. “We are very excited to unveil our renovated 57th Street flagship, bringing the natural beauty of Le Brassus to New York City,” said Xavier Nolot, CEO of Audemars Piguet North America. He added, “Through our new boutique environment, we hope to transport clients to the Vallée de

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Extract: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor

Originally introduced in November 2008 (circa 2008), the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Survivor" has an unmistakable design with its super aggressive crown and pusher guards and all black color scheme. It comes in a 42 mm x 15.65 mm black titanium case, which is not huge until you add the guards. The Survivor came at a time when big bold timepieces were in style. Inside, is self-winding in-house chronograph caliber 3126/3840 which has 59 jewels, 365 parts, a frequency of 21,600 vph (3Hz) and a power reserve of 60 hours. The 3126 uses a variable-inertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and a flat-spring. All parts are have been decorated, including rhodium-plating on the manipulate and bridges, beveled edges on the bridge, perlage on the mainplate, and bridges adorned with "Cotes De Geneve" motif. Functions include hours, minutes, small seconds and

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A step inside of Audemars Piguet's US Service Center to see my Royal Oak receive a factory service (Part II)

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Movement servicing The main watchmaking floor at AP Clearwater is a sight to be seen. Before entering, guests and employees are required to don shoe booties (to protect from dust and dirt). The watchmaking room resembles more of a clean room than a facility for repairing and servicing luxury timepieces. Each watchmaker has a state of the art workbench and all of the tools they need to do their jobs. The watchmakers are assigned their daily work by their manager and the workload is prioritized by challenge and complications to ensure the watchmaker has a wide variety of different pieces to work on throughout the week. The movement is disassembled to the main plate and parts are put into a carriage for cleaning My watchmaker, Billy Janshon, was assigned my piece earlier in the week. He has been with AP

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A step inside of Audemars Piguet's US Service Center to see my Royal Oak receive a factory service (Part I)

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Intro Audemars Piguet’s legendary manufacture has been based at Le Brassus in the heart of the Vallée de Joux since 1875. They are one of the very few brands that have retained their independence from the larger conglomerates. An Audemars (Jasmine Audemars) and a Piguet (Olivier Audemars, great-grandson of co-founder Edward Auguste Piguet) still serve on the board of directors. The storied brand has a rich history of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and innovation. While AP’s main manufacture is based at Le Brassus, the brand has service centers throughout the world. These service centers provide after-sales service, accessories, and a place for owners to connect with the brand. The US service center is based in Clearwater, FL. For years, the concept of watch servicing has been a mysterious affair. Many choose to send their watches to a friend that “knows watches” or

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

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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

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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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