The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Equation of Time (refs. 26603ST.OO.D002CR.01 & 26603OR.OO.D092CR.01) is the very first AP RO in all of the 38 years of the model’s history to be presented with a perpetual calendar and the equation of times, the astronomical complications usually reserved for “dressier” APs.
Presented at SIHH 2010, the new Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Perpetual Calendar comes in the same slightly oversized body as the 2008 year model but has the original platinum alloy replaced for a bit more ahem affordable rose gold. Although not as outrageously expensive than its predecessor, the new edition still costs like a fully loaded crossover SUV.
Known for its rugged, even somewhat rough design, the legendary family of sporty chronographs welcomes the new member: the gorgeous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Queens Road (ref. 26198TI.OO.D101CR.01). Featuring an eye-catching combination of black and red of the dial and strap, as well as cold grey of its sand-blasted titanium body, the new timepiece makes a strong statement.
What a wonderful day! Audemars Piguet, one of my favorite watchmakers, has revealed the gorgeous Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Mexico (ref. 26297IS.OO.D101CR.01 in titanium & ref. 26297OR.OO.D101CR.01 in 18-karat rose gold) special-edition version of one of my favorite “sporty” luxury chronographs. Now the only problem is that it is limited to 200 pieces and costs from $40,000 to around $65,000 depending on the version that you plan to get.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph (Ref. 26278IK.GG.D002CA.01) is not really a new timekeeper. In fact, this is the same AP RO Offshore that we all know and some of us love so much, still equipped with the new AP 2326/2840 chronograph caliber, but featuring a little bit different combination of materials and colors.
Produced exclusively for the Spanish market, the special-edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Don Ramon de la Cruz (refs. 26192OR.D0801CR.01 & 26287OK.ZZ.D081CR.01) will be sold only by the new Don Ramon de la Cruz super-luxury boutique that was recently opened in Madrid, Spain.
Available both in 18-karat white gold (ref. 26100BC.OO.D002CR.01) and an even dressier pink gold (ref. 26100OR.OO.D088CR.01) case, the new Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronograph is equipped with an in-house AP 3124/3841 automatic caliber and features that easily recognizable, deceptively ‘understated’ design, which is both contemporary and classic.
Thirty years ago, Audemars Piguet revealed world’s first ultra-thin self-winding perpetual calendar. This year, the Manufacture presented its special anniversary edition Jules Audemars 30th Anniversary Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 26000PT.OO.D028CR.01).
Audemars Piguet has revealed its new Royal Oak Carbon Concept Tourbillon and Chronograph(Ref. 26265FO.OO.D002CR.01). Light as a Formula 1 car and sturdy as a Soviet tank, this is the first watch with both case and movement made of so-called “forged” carbon. Although the exterior of this timekeeper is a little bit too high tech to me, I must admit that, among all the recently introduced “sporty” chronographs, this one offers the most balanced combination of cutting-edge technologies and classic complications. If the Swiss Manufacture will ever decide to make a one-off version for some charity event, I am sure it will break a record or two when it comes to the maximum price and a top number of bidders.