Our series dedicated to our favorite SIHH models is coming to an end, but we saved the best for last. Let us introduce the new version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. Previously available only in precious metals, gold, white gold and pink gold to be precise, this new Royal Oak boasts a full black brushed ceramic case. The least we can say is that it looks fantastic !
The mechanics of a Perpetual Calendar mixed with the style black ceramic
Being particularly fond of black watches, I am thrilled about this new addition to the Royal Oak collection. There is something about black watches that sets them apart. It brings a bit of modernity and evades from classical pieces while still remaining understated. Besides, this piece features Audemars Piguet’s famous “Grand Tapisserie” dial made of slate grey squares and black registers. Note the subtle accents here and there with the white gold indexes, hands and bezel screws.
And we’re just talking about looks here. But bring the Perpetual Calendar into the mix and we’re all set. It features dates, months, years (including leap years) and moonphases on the sub-dials as well as weeks on the flange and central hours, seconds and minutes. We really like the photorealistic moonphase. While not really necessary it still adds something poetic for those of us that like to look up at the stars and gaze upon the vastness of the universe.
What about the price of this Royal Oak ?
Inside the 41 mm case is a Manufacture 5134 caliber, beating to 19,8000 vbh. The watch offers an average 40 hours power reserve. On a side note, this piece is waterproof up to 20 meters only, so you might want to keep it away from water.
Upon seeing the price, you might ask yourself, is it worth it though ? Sure the 100.000 euros sum is closer to what you’d pay for a gold watch rather than a ceramic one, but note that this watch required more than 600 hours of research and development. According to Audemars Piguet, the ceramic bracelet alone took 30 hours to finish, when in comparison a steel bracelet takes 6 hours. Also, the ceramic is unscratchable and highly resistant.
More details here : Audemars Piguet.