Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph iN Smoked Yellow Gold

Audemars Piguet recently unveiled its collection for the initial half of the year, consisting mainly of updated versions of existing models. Today we’ll focus on the “Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph (Ref#: 26240BA), which is a noteworthy release featuring an eye-catching smoked yellow gold dial and crafted entirely in yellow gold. The distinctive gradient finish on the dial also serves as a tribute to the iconic yellow gold Royal Oak models from the 1970s.The 41mm case is made of 18k yellow gold with a mix of polished accents and a vertically brushed surface finish. Mounted to the case is AP’s signature octagonal bezel also with a vertical satin-brushed finish and eight exposed white gold screws.On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition case back that allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. The oscillating weight is decorated with the “AP” inscription. 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 adorned with the AP logo. All topped by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Water-resistance can reach up to 50 meters (328 feet).Time is exhibited on a smoked yellow gold dial with the signature Audemar Piguet “Grande Tapisserie” pattern dial with applied 18k yellow gold hour index markers, while circling around the flange is a white printed minutes/seconds track ring.It features three snailed sub-dials with gold hands: 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 window placed between the 4 and 5 o’clock spots.On the upper-half of the dial we encounter the long-form "Audemars Piguet" logo, just like the 50th anniversary chronograph models had, instead of opting for the more minimalistic “AP” logo. This iconic tri-compax layout appears very well defined with the darkened features providing more contrast among its gold elements. The central 18k yellow gold hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph iN Smoked Yellow Gold

The “Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph iN Smoked Yellow Gold” (Ref#: 26240BA.OO.1320BA.02) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 4401 with 40 jewels, 367 parts and 28,800 vph. Power reserve can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.Mounted on this watch is an 18k yellow gold bracelet, secured to the wrist by an AP folding clasp. For more up to date information visit the official Audemars Piguet website here.

MSRP: $75,900.00 USD

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