The iconic design invented by Gérald Genta back in 1972 is still turning heads after all this time. A half a century later, Audemars Piguet is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their iconic Royal Oak and today we'll focus on the 37mm models, which are also available with diamond-set bezels.The 37mm case is available in either stainless-steel, 18k pink gold, or two-tone (pink gold and steel) with a mix of vertical brushed flat surfaces and polished edges, while mounted by the iconic “Royal Oak” octagonal shaped bezel in a matching alloy; but in common all these options have exposed 18k white gold screws. For those that were expecting major changes to the case design, AP didn’t really go that way. On the other hand those that were hoping the Royal Oak would maintain its iconic looks, you can rest assured for the most part it has. Modifications have been kept minimal and appear as enlarged polished bevels, which have enhanced the contrast with the brushed surfaces.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.Thanks to use of a different caliber movement AP was able to reduce the overall case size from 9.8mm in height to 8.9mm. Another minor modification was done to the screwed caseback by making it more integrated into the case middle, which has resulted in a more comfortable wrist fit.It also comes equipped with a screw-down crown adorned with the AP logo. All topped by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Water-resistance that can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).Time is exhibited on either a silver-toned, grey, blue nuit nuage 50, or light blue dial, all with the iconic AP “Grande Tapisserie” motif, which is a pattern of small squares, obtained thru a hand guilloché that appear here with gold applied index markers.In essence and at first glance it looks like the same dial we’ve grown accustomed to. But, take a closer look and you’ll find AP has removed the external zone where they used to print the minute track. For this 2022 edition they’ve opted to print directly on the guilloché dial. A subtle choice that managed to refresh the design in a very unobtrusive way.For those in need of an extra touch to shine. There are three options with diamond-set bezels that can be had at an additional price. The green dial model can only be had in this format with an 18k pink gold case.The central gold hands and hour index markers have all been given a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture in the 3 o’clock position.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
The “Audemars Piguet Royal Oak” (References Below) is now powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 5900 with 29 jewels and 28,800 vph. Each rotor has been color-matched to the case in which its in, although AP has said this will only be so for watches produced during 2022. Power reserve on these watches can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is either a stainless-steel, 18k pink gold, or two-tone (pink gold and steel) bracelet, all with a vertically brushed and polished finish, while secured to the wrist by an AP folding clasp. For more up to date information visit the official Audemars Piguet website here.
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