Saturday, January 21, 2017

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph, New Models

Audemars Piguet has been crafting exceptional chronograph wristwatches with creatively designed dials for well over 80 years. In 2017, the very first Royal Oak Chronograph wristwatch is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as it was first introduced in 1997.
This year’s new range of chronographs harks back to a much-loved look first seen in 2008. Just like the vintage examples from the 1930s – 1960s, the dials of the Royal Oak Chronograph have always been thoughtfully designed.
All seven models in the new series feature a fresh, two-tone dial design with several new yet subtle details: chronograph counters of increased size that expand at 9 o-clock and 3 o’clock, shorter but wider hour-markers, additional luminescent coating for a better readability of the hour and new typeset and transfers. The date window, meanwhile, has been re-located between the four and five o'clock positions.
These design details are showcased in a wide combination of finishes, led by four versions in pink gold which are available on a matching, pink gold bracelet or an alligator strap and with a choice of brown or blue 'Grande Tapisserie' dials.
The steel versions of the watch are offered with a choice of “Grande Tapisserie” dials in black, silver or blue and are fitted with stainless steel bracelets.
Technical details
Movement
Self-winding Calibre 2385
Total diameter: 26.20 mm (111/2lignes)
Total thickness: 5.50 mm
Number of jewels: 37   
Number of parts: 304
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 40h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz): 3 (=21,600 vibrations /h)

Functions
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date

Stainless Steel Models
References
Reference: 26331ST.OO.1220ST.01
Also available with a Black dial, ref.26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 and a Silver-toned dial, ref.26331ST.OO.1220ST.03.

Case

Stainless steel case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, rhodium toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

Pink Gold Models

References
Reference: 26331OR.OO.D315CR.01
Also available with a Brown dial, ref.26331OR.OO.D821CR.01 on a brown alligator strap,with a Blue dial and an 18-carat pink gold bracelet, ref.26331OR.OO.1220OR.01, and a Brown dial and an 18-carat pink gold bracelet, ref.26331OR.OO.1220OR.02.

Case
18-carat pink gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold-toned counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Functions
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date

Bracelet
Hand-stitched “large square scale” blue alligator strap with 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp

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