Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet has once again pushed the boundaries of watchmaking technology with their latest release, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch. This timepiece is not only stunningly beautiful, but it is also incredibly advanced, featuring a mechanism that only requires adjustment once every 400 years.
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch boasts a 41mm case made from stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold, with a sapphire crystal case back that allows the wearer to admire the intricate inner workings of the watch. The dial is available in a range of colors, including blue, black, and silver, and features a classic “Grande Tapisserie” pattern that is synonymous with Audemars Piguet.
At the heart of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is the Calibre 5134 movement, which is based on the company’s renowned Calibre 2120 movement. This new movement has been specifically designed to power the perpetual calendar function of the watch, which displays the day, date, month, leap year, and moon phase. The mechanism is incredibly precise, with the date display only requiring adjustment once every 100 years, and the moon phase display only needing adjustment once every 1,058 years.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is the fact that it can be set and adjusted using just the crown, which is a departure from traditional perpetual calendar watches that require the use of additional pushers or buttons. This is made possible by a patented mechanism that allows the user to adjust the various calendar functions forwards or backwards with ease.
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is not only technically impressive, but it is also a thing of beauty. The dial features the iconic Audemars Piguet logo at 12 o’clock, while the hour markers and hands are made from white gold and filled with luminescent material for increased legibility in low light conditions. The case is finished with a brushed satin finish on the flat surfaces and a polished finish on the bevelled edges, while the bracelet is made from the same metal as the case and features a double-fold clasp.
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is a testament to Audemars Piguet’s commitment to innovation and excellence in watchmaking. The watch is not only a functional timepiece but also a work of art that will stand the test of time. With a mechanism that only requires adjustment once every 400 years, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is a watch that can be passed down from generation to generation, making it a true investment in the future.
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is available now from Audemars Piguet boutiques and authorized dealers worldwide, with prices starting at around $55,000 for the stainless steel version and $95,000 for the 18-carat pink gold version. While the price may be steep, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is a watch that will be treasured for generations, making it a worthwhile investment for those who appreciate fine watchmaking and timeless design.