Last, in case you were wondering what RD#2 is doing in the name of the watch, it goes back to the 2014 RD#1, a study piece that gave us the Royal Oak Supersonnerie (hands-on here). Apparently, AP did not wish to see this RD# thing gone and it’s true it helps separate a particularly new and innovative model from the rest.Left in our choice of new Royal Oaks are the two Royal Oak Concepts — ladies first. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Qe2 Replica Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, weirdly, does not have a thing in its own title to indicate this one was designed particularly for the ladies — but its exterior convinced helps clear that up. This one is the first RO Concept for women since this in my mind awesome-looking — offspring of the Royal Oak premiered in 2002. This was some 16 years back, but then again, things do move slow in Switzerland. Fun fact: “In 1991, after a determination by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, Appenzell Innerrhoden became the final Swiss canton to grant women the vote on local problems. “Beyond the diamond-paved panels of the Concept instance, the — mind you, also diamond-covered — icicles of the dial stand out. It goes with this unpleasant, brutal aesthetic that Audemars Piguet developed a range of years ago and that, I believe we see far too scarcely, since it somehow really does work with the brand.This piece is also the first flying tourbillon out of Audemars Piguet. That little first though pales in comparison to the simple fact that this Concept is now 38.5mm wide, which makes this a really wearable Royal Oak Concept. Because of this, I think it’s a missed opportunity to not offer you a men’s version — sure, among the two round-cut or baguette-cut variations will in some important markets soar as men’s watches, but internationally I believe it is tough to believe there wasn’t a market for a bigger, more comfortable men’s version of this Concept. Talk about the market of the market of the market…
This is striking, and that is even more true when you consider how, legend has it, Giulio Papi and APR&P began in the dial layout itself. It’s one very symmetrical layout, even though it admittedly does not seem like it — in images, nor when the watch is in or on hand.Usually I am the person who has a problem with palms which are short or illegible, but weirdly, it is almost as though the hands along with the “grande tapisserie” pattern of the dial overpowered the occupied indications of the perpetual calendar. There is a lot happening, which for one is remarkable in the sense that this type of thin watch may keep track of this accurately until 2100 (2100, 2200 and 2300 won’t be leap years), but in a way it possibly also is a bit too much for its good.On the wrist, that the Royal Oak RD#2 feels lean (surprise, surprise) and yet quite heavy. With an all-platinum outside, the heft is immense and also quite stable, as it’s spread so evenly and close to the wrist. The watch is barely all thicker compared to the bracelet, supposedly producing for a more comfy lasting wearing experience. Together with the heft includes a natural affiliation of durability — as Boris the Blade place it so eloquently, although not in the context of calendars that are endless, “Heavy is great, heavy is reliable. If it does not work, you could always hit him. “As I stated above, perpetual calendars are pretty much the very static complication on the market — while, say a minute repeater or a chronograph won’t do anything automatically, they arguably result in a lot greater visual and tactile appeal when managed. A perpetual calendar is basically interesting five times every year — 5 moments at midnight when it jumps from 28/29 or even 30 into the first.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Diamond Replica Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary and Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph are three new, pre-SIHH 2018 references that we’ll see in stores next year, when AP is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Royal Oak Offshore line.
When Audemars Piguet unveiled the first Royal Oak Offshore some 25 years ago, I don’t think they expected it to be the success that it is today, even though it largely built on the original Royal Oak recipe: go very large, very bold, and expensive. Many forget that at the time of its debut in 1972, the now-classical 39mm Royal Oak caused quite a stir with its price, its on-display screw heads in its bezel, its steel case and bracelet, and its extremely high price, unprecedented for a steel watch. Now, all this was to be taken to the next level with the Royal Oak Offshore.
The first Royal Oak Offshore reference 25721ST.OO.1000ST.01. Source: watchuwant.com
It was large and brash, and purists who saw it at Basel back in 1993 screamed that the Royal Oak had been desecrated – probably the same people who cried out to about the original Royal Oak desecrating luxury watches in general. Truth be told, the Offshore was a bold move by Audemars Piguet, but now we all know how well it has paid off. Today, the Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore are Audemars Piguet’s best-selling collections – basically synonymous with the brand itself, which clearly isn’t a good thing, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time.
As 2018 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic Replica Replica will commemorate the occasion with three special Royal Oak Offshore offerings – with certainly a few more in the pipeline, waiting to be launched at SIHH 2018. Here’s your first look at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary and the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph.
Interestingly, the RD#2 is amazing at stretching the limitations of a textbook example perpetual calendar, but it doesn’t bother with resolving a few of the limitations that keep me, by way of example, from really falling for them.First, there is the utter lack of any cartoon at all on the dial side. Lacking a running seconds, the fastest moving object on the dial is that the flip side and when you are dropping what I anticipate to be high five-figure money for your final product, I presume you will want some mechanics-driven eye-candy outside a range of passive hands and dials looking back at you.It goes without saying that the mechanics trusted with moving all six indications of the endless calendar is just nothing short of amazing — but it’s entirely hidden under the dial. I was both humbled and amazed when AP’s two watchmakers appeared to be genuinely fascinated by my suggestion of a partly sapphire (or open-worked) dial for this particular watch. They are either very good at acting — in which case thank you for making my daily life — or just really have not yet thought about showing off this specific mechanism in this way.Thinness, yes, is an indicator of their engineering ingenuity and refinement unique to the 5133 caliber — but leaving just how those little cams and wheels operate to the imagination is a missed opportunity both when it comes to the final product and perhaps especially so when launching a halo piece like this RD#2 theory. Sure, a good dial should be a choice too — you see how easy it’s to get together with everyone and their view tastes?
The first watch is a re-edition of the very first Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph from 1993. Yup, “The Beast” is back, and this re-edition Ref. 26237ST stays very much faithful to the original. It features a 42mm stainless steel case and bracelet and a blue “Petite Tapisserie” dial. Like the original, the re-edition also has blue rubber pushers for the chronograph and a screw-down crown. Unlike newer Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronographs that have sapphire display casebacks, the re-edition features a solid caseback engraved with the Royal Oak Offshore logo. Water-resistance is 100m. The main differences that we can see between this 2018 version and the original are extremely subtle, namely in the seconds track and ‘Swiss Made’ print on the periphery of the dial.
Inside the re-edition Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph beats the Caliber 3126/3840, the same movement used in other modern Royal Oak Offshore chronograph watches. Aside from the time, of course, this movement features chronograph and date complications, a 22k gold rotor, beats at 3Hz, and has a power reserve of 50 hours.
Fortunately, it isn’t all teary-eyed past-reviving that’s happening at this anniversary – kudos to AP for that. Therefore, alongside the re-edition Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph, we see the launch of the new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, namely Ref. 26421ST and 26421OR, that have a completely new design in two different case materials.
Based on two earlier Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Replica Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph watches, specifically the Ref. 26388PO (see our hands-on with it here) and 26288OR, these new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph watches come in stainless steel and 18k rose gold respectively, and feature a new case design that has a thinner bezel and hence a more open dial. Even so, the distinctive Royal Oak Offshore design traits are all intact. The 45mm case is still angular, the bezel is still octagonal, and there’s no missing those exposed hexagonal screws on the bezel. Completing the look are black ceramic pushers for the chronograph and a screw-down crown. Water resistance is also 100m.
A epic scene in 2003’s “Worst Foreign Film” Yoga award-winner We Were Soldiers.No joke, the newest calls its new watches “OUR HEROES” — that seems eerily fitting when you envision a single thing (the Royal Oak, together with the poor thing having numerous skins ripped it off) carrying the whole brand on its shoulders. If anything, I’d much rather see young watchmakers, designers, and engineers be known as personalities, but Audemars Piguet isn’t unique in crediting the goods and the item only — it is in line with business practices.On a private note seeing not just AP but the approach of the vast majority of brands, I still find it ironic how such a compact industry wants to present products actually like they just fell from the open skies. Having seen innumerable small and large manufactures, the thing is that basically all “iconic” (I have really developed a nervous twitch for this particular phrase) watches and models and complications and collections which you see are the brainchild of one, but not more than a very small group of individuals. I guess they’ve accepted it long ago that their job will continually be swallowed by a thousand year old brand with no charge given to them specifically.Anyhow, here is something interesting for you: Audemars Piguet say that they have “reinvented the calendar watch” with the Royal Oak RD#2 Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. I may have called it extra-thin farther over — just how absurd of me.
Sometimes one can get lost in the seductive illusion that more is achieved by hand than, in reality, is possible with certain techniques and modern expectations for tolerances. The frosting gives the gold a shiny effect very similar to that of having bead powder onto the surface, just less reflective. The bezel edges are polished and the event edges beveled for a few additional pop between the frosting, and the caseband is brushed (perhaps there’s such a thing as too much bling). The “frosted” completing is not often seen in cases (movement parts and dials, more frequently), making this an intriguing and unusual appearance that should probably be viewed in person to ascertain exactly how attractive/wearable/masculine/blingy or otherwise it’s. Aside from the usage of the frosted gold, this is essentially the blue-dial variant of the time-only Royal Oak that we have come to know in various versions over the years because Gerald Genta made it.While the previous smaller versions were offered in white and rose gold, this 41mm Royal Oak will simply be available in white stone. I always believed the Royal Oak shined finest using a blue (not white) dial. The palms and implemented markers are golden, of course, and filled with a sliver of Super-LumiNova to make the watch legible at night. The bracelet is the comfortable and very comfortable design. Like the 37mm frosted gold god, it’s powered by the automated caliber 3120, which provides 60 hours of power reserve, beats at 3Hz, and has the customary, solid 22ct gold, decorated monobloc rotor — all that can be visible through a screen caseback.Those wanting to stock up on some bling will need to hurry as the Rolex Daytona Or Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm is limited to 200 pieces only.
All this said, during the presentation AP’s watchmakers appeared to have been really excited about the possibility of the new-found method of combining different functions into fewer components that are then distributed on precisely the same airplane. The word “chronograph” was said a couple of times in relation to what could be coming according to this novel approach. Though if we’ll get to see that’s a good question, and that’s just another whether a Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar too lean as that RD#2 will make it to the boutiques anytime soon.As such, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Two Tone Replica Royal Oak RD#2 Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is a concept watch and thus does not come with a price tag attached. SIHH 2018 sees the Royal Oak brand launch a great deal of new Audemars Piguet watches. We’ve chosen three here before we cover them hands-on: 2 belong to the exclusive Concept range using a new and refreshing ladies’ bit caked with diamonds, and a very dark and aggressive appearing men’s variation with a mysterious pusher in its side. Together with these come a record-extra-thin automatic perpetual calendar version with, rather astonishingly, a blue dial. This year, we’re guaranteed to find some new things — we already got news of a couple of new Millenary pieces that look like they are from 2011… or 2005. Though, some more endings and materials might come to what for quite a few decades has proven to be a layout dead-end.
On the dial, one can see the exposed movement and the tourbillon at 9 o’clock. Opposite the tourbillon at 3 o’clock is the 30-minute counter for the chronograph. Also clearly visible are the two mainspring barrels. The skeletonized bridges extend from each of the eight screws in a way that is rather unique and ties the design of the case, dial, and movement together in a way few watches manage to do so.
These watches are powered by the in-house hand-wound Caliber 2947, which is an open-worked version of the Caliber 2933 found in the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Ref. 26388PO & 26288OR. This particular movement features 338 components, an integrated chronograph movement that has a column wheel mechanism, a beat rate of 3Hz, and a power reserve of a whopping 237 hours. Royal Oak Offshore fanatics are certainly eager to know the prices, and we will update the article when we are able to confirm. Each Audemars Piguet Royal Oak New Price Replica Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary model is limited to 50 pieces. audemarspiguet.com
Lately, the RD#2 is excellent at stretching the limits of a textbook example endless calendar, but it does not bother with solving some of the limitations that keep me, by way of example, from really falling for them.First, there’s the utter lack of any animation at all on the other hand. Lacking a running seconds, the fastest moving thing on the dial would be the flip side and when you are dropping what I anticipate to be high five-figure cash for your final product, I presume you’ll want some mechanics-driven eye-candy outside a range of passive hands and dials looking back in you.It goes without mentioning that the mechanics trusted with moving all six signs of this perpetual calendar is nothing short of amazing — but it is entirely hidden beneath the dial. I was both humbled and amazed when AP’s two watchmakers seemed to be genuinely fascinated by my proposal of a partly sapphire (or open-worked) dial for this watch. They’re very good at acting — in which case thank you for making my daily life — or just really have not yet thought about showing off this particular mechanism in this way.Thinness, yes, is a sign of their engineering creativity and refinement unique to the 5133 grade — but leaving just how those little cams and wheels operate to the imagination is a missed opportunity both when it comes to the final product and perhaps especially so when launch a halo piece such as this RD#2 concept. Sure, a good dial should be a choice also — you see how simple it is to get together with everybody and their watch tastes?