Recently we were overwhelmed with a huge range of updates across the “Royal Oak” collection, as Audemars Piguet celebrates its 50th anniversary. We’ve already reviewed the time-and-date models and the flying tourbillon option. Now we’ll shift focus to the “Royal Oak Chronograph”, which is powered by a new caliber movement and appears here in a wide array of selections that include different alloys and colors, on straps or bracelets.The historic Gérald Genta designed case appears here in a 41mm diameter and 12.4mm thickness made out of either stainless-steel or 18k pink gold.On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition case back, which allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. The gold oscillating weight with a carved out “50” years emblem, will only be featured on the models sold during 2022, which will make them some-what collectibles, as the current production continues on without this distinct characteristic.Mounted to the case is the iconic octagonal bezel, held in place by 8 exposed screws. It comes equipped with two solid push-pieces that activate the chronograph functions, while between them lay protecting crown guards and the screw-in setting crown. All topped by a glare-proofed sapphire crystal. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).Time is exhibited on either a black, blue, green, or silver-toned dial with the “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and 18k white or pink gold applied hour index markers. While circling around the flange is a printed minutes/seconds track ring.It features three snailed sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at 3 o’clock, a sub-seconds at 6 o’clock, and a 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position. There is also a date aperture placed between the 4 and 5 o’clock spots.On the upper-half of the dial is the long-form "Audemars Piguet" logo in gold, matching each versions case alloy. The 18k white or pink gold hands and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
The “Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph” (References Below) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 4401 with 40 jewels, 367 parts and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to these watches is either an integrated 18k white or pink gold bracelet with brushed finish, secured to the wrist by an AP folding clasp; or, it can also be had in a black, blue, or green alligator strap, secured by a gold buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Audemars Piguet website here.
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