Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
The new blue hue of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
The Grande Tapisserie plaid dial reproduces the iconic blue hue of the original Royal Oak.
With nearly 50 years of history, Royal Oak is more than just a highly sought after watch. It has evolved into a complete series, built around iconic designs, showing most of Audemars Piguet’s watchmaking skills. Without a doubt, one of AP’s most iconic complications is the perpetual calendar. Therefore, RO has long been equipped with this sophisticated calendar function, and many versions have been produced. Today, the brand has added a new color to its collection, the new blue hue pays homage to the original color used by the watch in 1972. Meet the new blue version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar.
The first-generation Audemars Piguet Royal Oak perpetual calendar 39mm was first launched in the mid-1980s. The model number is 5554. The first non-leap-year model and then the leap-year display. Because only production is discontinued, the first-generation Royal Oak perpetual calendar 39mm will be near It will remain basically unchanged in 2014 for 30 years. But it just makes room for a new version, which will be launched in 2015, with a new display, a more sporty 41mm case, a more modern appearance and an added one-week display.
This watch is a good summary of everything about AP. First of all, it is obvious that it is the Royal Oak and its iconic design was launched in 1972. Secondly, it has perhaps the most symbolic complication of the brand-the perpetual calendar. Finally, despite its complexity, it is still a fairly thin watch, and we know that Audemars Piguet has performed well in this area. The 41 mm case is only 9.5 mm high and uses all the design elements of the RO series, with a sharp central case, polished edges and iconic octagonal bezel with 8 visible screws. As you might imagine, it is connected to the same iconic one-piece bracelet with a folding clasp.
The main novelty of this year’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is a new dial, or, to be precise, a dial with a new blue hue… not that new hue actually. In fact, the sub-dial and inner bezel of the Grande Tapisserie dial adopts the iconic blue hue of the Royal Oak in 1972, which is called “Night Blue, Cloud 50” in the brand archives. The rest of the dial, with the square pattern of the engine rotating, presents a slightly lighter blue sharing, bringing more contrast and light and shadow.
This new dial offers two versions of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, which are made of stainless steel or 18k rose gold. Another difference between the two watches is the hour markers and hands, which are made of white gold or rose gold, depending on the version. The dial shows several indications, most of which are the classic QP indications—hours/minutes and 4 sub-dials with date, weekday, month, leap year, and moon phase—but there is also a rare indication, the current week. , Displayed on the inner bezel on the dial and pointed by the central pointer.
Inside the case is the self-produced movement 5134, which is based on the famous ultra-thin movement 2121. The height of this perpetual calendar movement is only 4.3 mm. Beats at an unusual frequency of 2.75 Hz, it is also an automatic device with a central rotor and has a short power reserve of 40 hours. Through the back cover, the movement shows exquisite decoration, 22k gold openwork rotor, Geneva stripes, round grain, round satin and polished chamfers throughout.
The new blue version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak perpetual calendar (steel model 26574ST.OO.1220ST.03 and rose gold model 26574OR.OO.1220OR.03) is launched as part of the permanent series, so it is not limited.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Case: 41mm diameter x 9.5mm height – stainless steel or 18k pink gold, brushed with polished accents – glareproofed sapphire crystals front and caseback – 20m water-resistant
Dial: Blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, subdials and inner bezel in “Night Blue, Cloud 50” shades – applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, in white or pink gold, depending on the model
Movement: Calibre 5134, in-house – automatic with central rotor – 29mm x 4.3mm – 38 jewels – 374 components – 2.75Hz frequency (19,800 vibrations/hour) – 40h power reserve – hours, minutes, perpetual calendar with date, weekday, month, leap year, week number, moonphase
Bracelet: Royal Oak bracelet, brushed with polished accents, with AP folding clasp, in steel or 18k pink gold
Reference: 26574ST.OO.1220ST.03 steel
26574OR.OO.1220OR.03 pink gold