Monday, April 27, 2015

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph “Italy Limited Edition”

To celebrate this year’s edition of Universal Exhibition in Milan, Swiss watch manufacture Audemars Piguet has created a special limited edition of the Royal Oak Chronograph, which pays tribute to both Italy and the city of Milan.

The Italian touch is found in the details, such as the indices on the 30-minute counter; which borrow the iconic green, red and white of the Italian flag. Other special features not to be missed: the caseback bears the engraving “Swiss Made Limited Edition” and the material of the strap – rubber – is truly unique. In fact, in the past, a chronograph Royal Oak – the City of Sails model, created in 2002 – was the only watch to feature this material.
The chronograph is permanently linked to the history of sports watches and holds a privileged position in the range of the Royal Oak collection. The decidedly modern dimensions of the 41 mm stainless steel case conserve all the characteristics that made the Royal Oak a watchmaking legend. Like the 1972 model, this limited edition expresses a subtle play alternating between shiny and satin-finished surfaces, while the octagonal yellow gold bezel features eight hexagonal screws. Water-resistant to 50 meters and equipped with screw-locked crown, the case features a glare-proof sapphire crystal.
The dial is decorated with the Royal Oak collection's classic "Grande Tapisserie" motif. Audemars Piguet crafts this decoration on antique machines according to the arabesque-making technique. This rare manufacturing process, which Audemars Piguet is proud to master and use, allows the cut of the dial and the mesh structure of the inserted slim grooves to be produced simultaneously. The overlay of the two decorations, characteristic of the Royal Oak, lends the dial a unique brilliance.

The watch, available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, will also include a hand-stitched "large square scale" blue alligator strap inside its presentation box. Specially made, the box features a metal plate that reproduces the watch's caseback with the colours of the Italian flag.

Technical details
Model: Royal Oak Chronograph
Limited edition of 500 pieces
Reference: 26326ST.OO.D027CA.01

Selfwinding Caliber 2385
Total diameter: 26.20 mm (11½lignes)
Total thickness: 5.50 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Number of parts: 304
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: > 40 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21'600 alternances/hour)

Hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o'clock
Chronograph with continuous central seconds hand and 30-minute counter (at 3 o'clock) featuring the colors of the Italian flag.

Stainless steel case, glare-proof sapphire crystal, caseback engraved with “Swiss Made Limited Edition”, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness:  10.95 mm

Silvered dial with "Grande Tapisserie" motif, blue counters, 30-minute counter with green, white and red indices, applied white gold hour-markers and white gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, blue outer zone.

Blue rubber strap with stainless steel AP folding clasp and hand-stitched "large square scale" blue alligator strap

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