Celebrating its 20th anniversary in style, the Royal Oak Chronograph by Audemars Piguet enjoys the best of two worlds: a long history of chronograph wristwatches that the brand has been making for over 80 years, and, as a member of the Royal Oak family, the iconic octagonal bezel with eight hexagonal screws design.
The seven new models of this 2017 collection wear all the confidence of a twenty-year-old in perfect possession of purpose, function and appeal, showing off new two-tone dials with barely perceptible design changes that are nevertheless so useful and oh-so-easy on the eyes.
Among the changes are larger chronograph counters positioned at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, shorter but wider applied hour-markers, Royal Oak hands with additional luminescent coating for better readability of the hour, and new typeset and transfers. The date window is located between four and five o’clock for easy reading at a glance.
The characteristic ‘Grande Tapisserie’ dial comes in a choice of brown or blue with pink gold applied hour markers, encased in 18K pink gold with matching bracelet or alligator strap,
or in steel versions with black, silver or blue dial with white gold hour markers, fitted with stainless steel bracelets. All straps / bracelets feature the AP folding clasp.
Equipped with the self-winding Calibre 2385 with a power reserve of 40 hours and functions of chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock and date, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph comes in a 41 mm x 11 mm case with glareproofed sapphire crystal and screw-locked crown for water resistance to 50 meters.
Prices range from EUR23,900 for the models in stainless steel, EUR37,800 for the 18K pink gold models with alligator strap, and EUR55,800 for the 18K pink gold model with matching bracelet.