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Audemars Piguet to celebrate 25th anniversary of Royal Oak Offshore starting at SIHH 2018

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Next year, beginning at SIHH, Audemars Piguet will celebrate 25 years of making the sportiest version of their famous Royal Oak collection: the Offshore. So far the Le Brassus watchmaker has revealed three new versions including a re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph from 1993, in stainless steel with a blue “Petite Tapisserie” dial. The other two contemporary styled Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Tourbillons, one in steel and the other in 18K pink gold. Each is limited to 50 pieces. These timepieces are inspired by previous models and feature a redesigned movement that was made exclusively to pay homage to 25 years of the Royal Oak Offshore collection. The hand wound movement, caliber 2947, beats at 3Hz (21,600 vph), measures 39.78 mm x 11.60 mm, consists of 353 parts, 30 jewels, and has a power reserve of 173-hours.

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Royal Oak Frosted Gold Limited Edition 41mm

As a follow up to the Royal Oak Frosted Gold 37 mm collection launched in November 2016, Audemars Piguet recently unveiled the Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41 mm in a limited edition of 200 pieces. The timepiece features an 18K white gold case and blue “Grande Tapisserie” dial and the so-called “frosted” case and bracelet treatment. According to the manufacture, the textured finish is a surface decoration used on a precious metal, predominantly on jewelry, invented decades ago. “By beating the gold with a diamond-tipped tool, it created tiny indentations on the surface that gave a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones, like diamond dust.” The Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm limited edition (Ref. 15410BC.GG.1224BC.01) retails for $55,000. Learn more at Audemars Piguet.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Cufflinks

Audemars Piguet just announced six new pairs of Royal Oak cufflinks as a complement to their iconic Royal Oak wristwatches. They’re available in stainless steel with either a blue, black or silver “Tapisserie” pattern in the center. In pink gold with either a blue or black center. And in a yellow gold version with a blue center. The cufflinks feature the company’s signature octagonal shape, with perfectly satin-brushed and polished surfaces, hexagonal screws, AP’s famous “Tapisserie” dial pattern in the center, and the AP logo engraved. The retail price for a pair is $1,600 in steel or $4,200 in gold.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked x Material Good

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Audemars Piguet has just released a new pair of Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked timepieces in collaboration with SoHo luxury retailer Material Good. The design “was conceived out of a creative dialogue between Audemars Piguet and SoHo luxury retailer, Material Good,” according to the manufacture. Driving the tourbillon, chronograph, hours, minutes, and small seconds functions is manual wind caliber 2936 which runs at 3Hz, has 299 components, 28 jewels, and a power reserve of 72-hours. Both versions feature pink gold luminescent markers applied to the sapphire crystal dial, with a ruthenium-toned outer minute/seconds ring, and ruthenium counters. Through the sapphire dial, you can admire the completely openworked bridges and components. And while the tourbillon bridge at 6 o’clock creates a visual show as the balance wheel oscillates to and fro beneath it perhaps the most striking element is the mainspring

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SIHH 2017: Royal Oak Chronograph

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This year at SIHH, Audemars Piguet launched an entire refresh of their existing Royal Oak Chronograph line that includes new two-tone dials, inside the 41 mm diameter case. In total, there are eight new styles. Three stainless steel with steel bracelets, with a black on white, white and black and silver/gray on blue, four pink gold with either blue or brown dial on either gold bracelet or leather strap, and one titanium and platinum model with a blue on a gray dial. A Frederic Piguet 1185 caliber, referred to as AP caliber 2385 powers the line, as was the case in the past. The movement is an integrated vertical clutch actuated column wheel chronograph but it is made by Audemars Piguet’s Vallée de Joux neighbor, Frederic Piguet (which Blancpain bought out) because the phenomenal caliber 3120 with a chronograph module

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SIHH 2017: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Ceramic

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Thomas Mudge produced the oldest known perpetual calendar in 1762. Patek Philippe followed in 1925 with a perpetual calendar wristwatch based on a ladies’ pendant watch. Breguet created the first perpetual watch with a true wristwatch movement in 1929. However, it was not until 1955 that the leap year indication was brought to a wristwatch by Audemars Piguet in the reference 5516. Prior to that, all perpetual calendar mechanical wristwatches had the day, date, and month indications – not the leap year. Having said that, Audemars Piguet is clearly recognized as a leader and innovator in the Perpetual Chronograph field, however, it is not the perpetual calendar equipped caliber 5134 movement that is new. Although, it was in 2015, when the larger 41 mm perpetual calendars in steel and pink gold models were introduced, with the enlarged movement (based on

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SIHH 2017: Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage

As the third and final part of the Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie ladies’ cuff timepiece trilogy – which started with the Dimond Punk in 2015, followed by the Dimond Fury in 2016 – the Diamond Outrage debuts today at SIHH in Geneva. The Diamond Outrage is available in two different one-of-kind pieces that are crafted in 18K white gold and include prominent spikes set with either diamonds or blue sapphires. Aptly described by Audemars Piguet, the “Diamond Outrage becomes an explosion of stalactites on the wrist.” The sparkling spikes vary in size from 29.30 mm to 40 mm in length, and are produced using the so-called “snow setting” technique, where the diamonds are set so close together that the jewel’s white gold frame appears almost invisible. The invisible setting, another rare technique, is used for each of the three distinctive

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Royal Oak Extra-Thin in yellow gold

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The famous Royal Oak timepiece was first introduced by Audemars Piguet in 1972, exclusively in stainless steel. Following the now legendary model’s success, the first yellow gold version of the Royal Oak was produced in 1977. That model came in the same 39 mm “Jumbo” case as the original stainless steel reference 5402 “A series,” with the same Jaeger-LeCoultre 920 based automatic caliber 2121 movement inside. And like the stainless steel model is highly sought after on the vintage market. Fast forward to 2017, after a long hiatus – the classic yellow gold Royal Oak “Jumbo” has returned. And to mark the 40th Anniversary of the first precious metal version of Audemars Piguet’s most famous watch, the Le Brassus manufacture has created a new series of Royal Oak Extra-Thins in yellow gold. The 18K yellow gold “Jumbo” is available with

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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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