With just over thirty pieces, the past week has been marked by a real rain of novelties at the house of Audemars Piguet. After a weekend of digestion, we come back to the outings that marked us the most.
Royal Oak Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar
Let’s start with a limited edition which will not remain available very long despite a price displayed at 137,000CHF. We are dealing here with the direct evolution of RD#2 with even more titanium and a numbered production at 200 copies. A great way to reduce the weight of this little beauty to just 75 grams. Hours, minutes, perpetual calendar, moon phases and day/night indicator are brought together here in a movement just 2.9mm thick, nestled in the heart of an envelope of 41mm of width.
Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra Flat
This is most likely the outstanding release of the Manufacture in Le Brassus. You know it as well as we do, a new Jumbo is always an event. Here, Audemars Piguet presents its most iconic model in White gold (after unveiling it in steel, yellow gold, pink gold and platinum last year). But changing only the metal would have been too easy. We therefore find a magnificent grained blue dial associated with the famous case of 39mm of diameter. AP keeps the movement 7121, a precision jewel equipped with a patented date mechanism, but removes the oscillating weight engraved for the 50th anniversary. All offered in the catalog for CHF65,000 !
Code 11.59 Universal Ultra-Complication
Impossible to return to this wave of novelties without dwelling on this Code 11.59 Universal. This is a real feat that reminds us of the extent of Audemars Piguet’s talent in watches with complications, while paying homage to L’Universelle of 1889, the famous pocket watch equipped with 19 complications with 26 functions. Within this novelty, there are no less than 23 complications for a total of 40 functions. On the menu : four variations of dials and metals hosting a perpetual calendar, a flyback chronograph, a minute repeater, a grande and a petite strike, not forgetting a tourbillon…and much more! With a movement made up of 1155 parts, it is the most complex watch ever produced by the Manufacture in Le Brassus. Prices are around 1,500,000CHF.
Royal Oak Offshore Automatic Chronograph
This beginning of the year 2023 also marks the 30th anniversary of Offshore, the oversized range of the Royal Oak. Audemars Piguet offers us for the occasion a version all in black ceramic, with, for the first time, a strap in the same material. She embarks the caliber 4404, a column-wheel flyback chronograph, fitted with a pink gold mass. A great way to mark this important date around a creation faithful to the DNA of the Offshore range. Count CHF70,000 to ask these 42mm on your wrist.