Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked In Platinum

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You say you want a 44mm-wide Royal Oak but you don’t want a Royal Oak Offshore? Well, one option is to just opt for this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked. Sure, you need to invest in both the platinum case and skeletonized and decorated chronograph tourbillon movement – but isn’t it worth it? SIHH 2016 sees a few platinum-cased Royal Oak watches, as well as a healthy assortment in gold. In fact, there is but one steel-cased standard Royal Oak for 2016 – and it isn’t budget-priced either. Probably the most accessibly-priced (relatively speaking) Royal Oak watches for 2016 are the new Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph, but I digress. Let’s now talk about this very lovely new reference 26347PT.OO.D315CR.01 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked watch.

It is entirely possible that Audemars Piguet previously released a non-Offshore version of the Royal Oak in a 44mm-wide case, but I can’t seem to think of it. With that said, previous versions of the Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph may have actually had this larger case size because, in my recollection, they looked larger – but I wasn’t measuring at the time. What is probably new, however, is producing the Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph with a beautiful skeletonized (openworked) dial and movement. There is absolutely no shortage of new openworked watches from Audemars Piguet this year, but this particular model is a bit different for maintaining so much of the traditional dial so as to preserve as much legibility as possible. That means the subsidiary dials are totally intact as well as the hour markers and minute scale. Underneath, you see Audemars Piguet skilled decoration at its best in the calibre 2936 movement which is artistically cut up for your viewing pleasure.

The beauty of openworking is how many approaches there are to the concept. Look at a range of different skeletonized Audemars Piguet watches, and you’ll see how the designers there continue to experiment and play with different aesthetic approaches to the idea of artistically cutting away at “unnecessary” parts of the movement metal. This approach focuses mostly on thin, gracefully curved lines and an overall emphasis on shape. There is no hand-engraving, but rather brushed surfaces and, of course, polished beveled edges. I happen to really like this look, even though I equally appreciate other skeletonization techniques as well.

The calibre 2936 hand-wound movement is made up of 299 parts and operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement is a rather thick 7.6mm, which is probably why Audemars Piguet designed this Royal Oak case to be 44mm, rather than, say, 41mm wide. It is possible that this is because the case needed to be thicker and the proportions of the Royal Oak would have been off if it looked too thick compared to its width. Unfortunately, no automatic winding or power reserve indicator in the movement, but it does offer the time with subsidiary seconds dial and 30-minute chronograph.

The 44mm-wide 950 platinum case of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph replica Openworked is matched with a blue and pink-gold-accented dial and matching blue alligator strap. It is a bit of a theme for Audemars Piguet to mix steel or platinum and pink gold for watches this year in 2016 – a design decision I take no issue with. I am not sure, but it also looks like in addition to the pink gold hands and hour markers, the skeletonized movement bridges might be in 18k pink gold as well.

Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Openworked Replica Watch

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Easily one of the most beautiful engraved and skeletonized watches at SIHH 2016 is the Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Openworked. Classy, handsome, useful, and timeless, the Jules Audemars Tourbillon Openworked is an easy answer if you are ever asked the question, “what, other than a Royal Oak, would you recommend from Audemars Piguet?”

One of the reasons that the luxury watch industry has no qualms about producing a lot of skeletonized watches is that the technique so nicely asserts the value of a fine watchmaker. It doesn’t take too much to simply produce and assemble the parts necessary to create a mechanical movement. Companies in China do that every day for next to nothing. What does take a lot of work (in addition to making complicated watches that actually operate) is the meticulous effort and skill needed to finish, engrave, or otherwise decorate a mechanical watch. Thus, skeletonized watches offer without any obstruction a view of exactly where the value in a luxury watch exists. For the reference 26143PT.OO.D005CR.01 Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Openworked, Audemars Piguet didn’t just skeletonize the calibre 2875 movement, but it also richly engraved many of the surfaces.

This combination of an operworked dial with a skeletonized and engraved movement makes for something truly special. With that said, one should not discount the effort required in making the timepiece actually function as a legible wrist watch. Over the movement is a sapphire crystal disc which is for the most part transparent, but given applied 18k pink gold rings and hour markers, as well as anthracite smoked regions to enable legibility on the various subdials. The only sections of the dial which are truly open to the movement are a central ring in the upper subdial which indicates the hours and minutes, as well as the exposed window for the tourbillon.

Thus, Audemars Piguet has been able to fully showcase the beauty of skeletonization while maintaining adequate legibility when trying to read the time, date, or power reserve indicator. On top of that, the Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Openworked  replica benefits from additional convenience by being an automatic.

To add to the prestigious nature of this watch, Audemars Piguet has produced the 41mm-wide case in solid 950 platinum. I have to say that it is a bit surprising how much platinum  are showing up in watches at SIHH. For a market that is yelling for more steel watches, I find it interesting to see brands also focus on producing timepieces in the most expensive of metals as well. Then again, for a skeletonized and engraved Audemars Piguet tourbillon, would you expect anything less?

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ceramic Replica Watch Review

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I have been wearing the Audemars Piguet Black Ceramic,Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver for nearly one week. I am lucky to be among the first people in the United States to wear the latest incarnation of the iconic Royal Oak design. This is the newest addition Royal Oak Offshore Diver (hands-on here), which was first available in steel, then forged carbon, and now in all-ceramic. The watch itself is really impressive, but for me it is part of a larger journey with the brand.

My relationship with Audemars Piguet and the family of Royal Oaks goes back nearly thirty-six years. In 1977 my mother was shopping for a watch. She was focused on a gold Piaget with a malachite dial or gold Rolex Lady Datejust. I was always a watch enthusiast, and had recently learned of the Royal Oak at the time. Designed by Gerald Genta in 1972, the Royal Oak was the first sport watch that transcended the genre and crossed the line into the luxury category. It was shocking at the time – an Audemars Piguet stainless steel sport watch that sold for the same price as a gold watch from other brands.

Going back to my mother, after seeing the Audemars Piguet replica watch initially, she had no doubt about her decision and purchased a stainless steel and yellow gold Royal Oak Automatic, from the iconic Leon at Cellini. Her watch, just like the Men’s Jumbo, was larger in size, and somewhat unusually shaped at that time. Seeing the watch for the first time, her sister was surprised and commented that she expected her to come home with a nicer watch. When my mother asked what was wrong with the Royal Oak, she replied, “I don’t understand why the screws are showing.” We could not stop laughing! To this day, everyone I repeat that story to, laughs. It proves beyond a doubt that the Royal Oak turned luxury inside out, literally!
AP-Royal-Oak-Offshore-diver-4Fast forward to 2013. Black watches are in fashion more than ever before and ceramic is the hottest material around. The market is full of black watches made of plastic, metal or manipulated steel. Audemars Piguet for years has experimented with various materials and like many others prefers ceramic for many applications – though fully ceramic Royal Oak watches are still uncommon. Based upon the classic design and crafted of black ceramic, the latest Royal Oak is again both stylish and unique, and in my opinion still flies “under the radar” being harmonious in color, and design.

For much of its life, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was 39mm wide. The Royal Oak Offshore models in the 1990s upped that to 44mm wide with the larger Chronograph versions. Recently Audemars Piguet released an updated version of the iconic Royal Oak in a 41mm wide case. In 2010 when Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Offshore Diver, it not only offered an interesting middle ground between the original Royal Oak and the Offshore, but also a middle size coming in at 42mm wide.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Replica Watch In Platinum

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It came in gold, it came in titanium, and now the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph replica watch comes in platinum. A timepiece like this sits in the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore hall of kings. It isn’t the most exclusive Royal Oak Offshore ever made, but those people who are fortunate to own one have probably succeeded in making a range of other uncommonly cost-intensive purchases in life. I say this because to go from wearing a Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph to a Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is a serious leap in one’s development as a watch wearer. So what is this rare watch all about?

If you want to be particular, you can refer to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph as the reference 26388PO.OO.D027CA.01, or more simply as Royal Oak Offshore 26388. Having said that, I’ve never been one to recall watch reference numbers, as they are too abstract for me. I assign personalities to watches just as I do with people, so giving them a proper name is helpful. On that note, I’ve never been able to get with people, such as Patek Philippe lovers, who seem to memorize the brand’s “code” of models. At least some of them have actual names…

The watch industry likes to help designate platinum watches by matching them with blue. Of course, that isn’t to say all watches with blue accents have platinum cases, but the reciprocal is often true. The platinum Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph comes with a rather stunning metallic blue dial and deep midnight blue rubber strap. It is odd that I said that latter part so nonchalantly. 20 years ago you’d never see a rubber strap with a tourbillon, and no tourbillon watch would have been this sporty. Have we come that far?

Nevertheless, if you look closely at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph’s dial you’ll notice fine watch making removed from the Royal Oak Offshore’s sporty design and dimensions. Perlage polishing is liberally used on the in-house made movement and the 3Hz balance wheel looks like something from Audemars Piguet’s most elegant stock. Elegance, with sporty armor, though. Audemars Piguet uses a modern looking black-colored anodized aluminum bridge over the tourbillon, and more black aluminum bridges in other parts of the movement, such as on the rear, and to hold the mainspring barrels in place.http://www.apreplicawatch.com

Speaking on mainsprings there are two barrels, and in total, the in-house made Audemars Piguet caliber 2912 manually wound movement has a long power reserve of 237 hours. That is a nice long time but unfortunately the movement doesn’t offer a power reserve indicator, even though you can view the mainspring barrels through the skeletonized sections of the dial.

The caliber 2912 movement is impressive looking, and it does an admirable job of mixing that haute horology feel with contemporary design principles. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is, after all, a product of the most modern Royal Oak Offshore design principles. That includes little elements such as the hands, crown, chronograph pushers, and other details. Still, the Royal Oak Offshore is based on the original Royal Oak from 1972, so in many ways this is a retro design, though you’d be forgiven for not knowing that based on what this watch looks like.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ceramic Replica Watch Review

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I have been wearing the Audemars Piguet Black Ceramic,Royal Oak Offshore Diver for nearly one week. I am lucky to be among the first people in the United States to wear the latest incarnation of the iconic Royal Oak design. This is the newest addition Royal Oak Offshore Diver, which was first available in steel, then forged carbon, and now in all-ceramic. The watch itself is really impressive, but for me it is part of a larger journey with the brand.

Fast forward to 2013. Black watches are in fashion more than ever before and ceramic is the hottest material around. The market is full of black watches made of plastic, metal or manipulated steel. Audemars Piguet for years has experimented with various materials and like many others prefers ceramic for many applications – though fully ceramic Royal Oak watches are still uncommon. Based upon the classic design and crafted of black ceramic, the latest Royal Oak is again both stylish and unique, and in my opinion still flies “under the radar” being harmonious in color, and design.

For much of its life, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak replica watch was 39mm wide. The Royal Oak Offshore models in the 1990s upped that to 44mm wide with the larger Chronograph versions. Recently Audemars Piguet released an updated version of the iconic Royal Oak in a 41mm wide case. In 2010 when Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Offshore Diver, it not only offered an interesting middle ground between the original Royal Oak and the Offshore, but also a middle size coming in at 42mm wide.

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Best Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101 Replica Watch

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The oft neglected  Audemars Piguet Millenary is getting a major re-haul for 2011 with the Millenary 4101 collection. Using the same ovoid shape of case as the previous Millenary, the dial and movement are totally new and based on the very rare and high-end Audemars Piguet Millenary AP Escapement collection.

On the back of the case is an open sapphire caseback allowing you to see the engraved 22k gold rotor as well as a slew of perlage polishing. This really is a watch for the movement lover. This time around, the time display on the Millenary is actually off-centered, where as it was just a bit of an optical illusion before. The dial has a rich depth to it and you can tell that the movement was designed from the ground up to attractively fit the special oval case.

This particular movement is called the Caliber 4101 and is brand new for this watch. Not only is it is made to fit in the case but is also an automatic with 60 hours of power reserve. The rotor sits on ceramic ball bearings and the movement actually comes in two tones. There is a lighter version with rhodium plated bridges and a darker version with anthracite bridges. The bridges also enjoy sharp beveling and areas of diamond polish in addition to lots of perlage and Cote de Geneve. In the gold cased version,Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101 replica watch the bridge for the escapement is also in gold. In all, the movement has 253 parts. Really one of the choicest new movements of the year.

The case is 47mm wide by 42mm tall – a nice size that allows you to properly appreciate the movement design. Next to the off-centered time dial is a subsidiary seconds dial that is a nod to the ‘parent’ watch. Some complain that the design of the sub seconds dial is too instrumental but that is the exact reason I like it. It is a subconscious reminder that AP is a brand that focuses on design and beauty and well as precision and performance.

For the time being, the watch comes in either a steel case or an 18k pink gold case. The entire execution looks really slick with a fitted black or brown alligator strap. I look forward to seeing one of these on a wrist. Definitely going to be a must-have for any modern AP collector.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm Selfwinding & Chronograph Watches Replica

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I have discussed how 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch. It was easy to anticipate that the brand from Le Brassus would focus on the Royal Oak and release a bevy of pieces both looking forward and to the collection’s past. They certainly did. There is nothing extremely novel, and I believe that for as long as we can imagine, Audemars Piguet will honor the core look of the Gerald Genta designed classic.

One of the most important pieces for the 40th anniversary celebration is the Royal Oak in a newer, larger 41mm wide case. The previous “Jumbo” model was 39mm wide. Even though there is actually a new Jumbo for 2012 – which is a redo of the original Jumbo – this 41mm wide Royal Oak set is the real jumbo for the year. It further will come in both three-hand and chronograph versions .

According to Audemars Piguet all Royal Oak replica watch dials are now made in-house. The mega tapisserie dial style has been replaced! The new one is called “grande tapisserie.” In addition to the raised blocks on the dial, there is small concentric circles over the entire dial for what is essentially texture on top of texture. The result is subtle but very attractive.

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The new dials are overall really impressive and I think even purists who are skeptics will like the new ones. Also new is an improved bracelet deployment clasp. This is something people have argued the Royal Oak needed for a while. The upgrade is really nice. It is simple, but the detailing is quite lovely. Functionally the Royal Oak now comes with a locking push-button deployment clasp and it looks really nice when closed.

In addition to the Selfwinding 41mm is a new Royal Oak Chronograph model. Inside that watch is an Audemars Piguet caliber 2385 automatic chronograph movement that looks lovely in the larger case size. Unlike the Selfwinding, the Chronograph does not have an exhibition caseback. Both models come in 18k pink gold and steel for 2012. There are a lot of dial color options as well. Available for both ranges are silvery white dials, black dials, and dark blue dial options. The blue actually looks quite nice with steel.

People have a lot of size options these days when it comes to the Royal Oak Offshore. For 2012 alone Audemars Piguet replica watch is releasing versions of the Royal Oak in 37mm 39mm and 41mm wide versions. Lots of fans will go for the limited models and the redo of the classic Jumbo. For me this 41mm wide version is a winner. The Chronograph is a cherry model and the three-hander is an ideal formal or daily wear watch. Comfortable, classy, and very masculine.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver ‘Funky Colour Edition’ Replica Watch Review

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At SIHH 2017, Swiss Audemars Piguet celebrated color – which is clearly the focus for these versions of the popular rteplica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15710ST. The independent brand’s offerings are light on novelty but rich in hue, and known as the “Funky Colour Editions.” As such, the company is likely doing what is smart this year as they continue to navigate uncertain economic waters where pouring R&D money into totally new products can be seen as a bit unwise. Despite understanding this fact of necessary prudence, it makes being a watch blogger tough since we are always hungry for annual “newness.” With that said, Audemars Piguet continues to remind myself and colleagues that our desire for “all things Royal Oak” is by no means a new feeling.

Not that any of these watches are inexpensive, but if you are going to opt for a sporty timepiece in mostly electric green, my suspicion is that spending circa $20,000 feels a bit more appropriate for something that isn’t going to be a daily wear as compared to circa $300,000 for a pure collector’s piece. Most people will likely err on the more conservative side and opt for the same watches in more “classic” colors offered by Audemars Piguet. Then again, if you live a lifestyle where you can pull-off one of these colorful Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers as your daily wear, then more power to you.
Audemars-Piguet-Royal-Oak-Offshore-Divers-aBlogtoWatch-08I was further inspired by Audemars Piguet and the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph when thinking about my recent article on things I’d like to see more of and less of from the watch industry in 2017 and discussing my hope for more bold colors in watches by major brands. It looks like Audemars Piguet shares my enthusiasm. There are five “vibrant” Funky Colour Edition styles of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver to choose from this year including the reference 15710ST.OO.A027CA.01 in dark blue, 15710ST.OO.A070CA.01 in bright orange, 15710ST.OO.A051CA.01 in acid yellow, 15710ST.OO.A038CA.01 in lime green, and the 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01 in white.

The dials are what you’d expect, save for the new colors. The Mega Tapisserie face is fitted with 18k white gold bold hour markers and very legible matching hands. The white and blue dials are likely to be the most calming to look at over long periods of time, while the green, orange, and yellow ones might be prone to causing “funky headaches” if you aren’t in the right mood to glance at such bold colors all the time.

Inside the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver is the Audemars Piguet caliber 3120 automatic movement. It operates at 3Hz (21,600bph) with a power reserve of 60 hours. These always have a lovely degree of finishing and decoration, and Audemars Piguet has maintained the 300m water-resistance while offering a sapphire crystal display caseback with a view of the movement and engraved 22k gold rotor.

If you are an Audemars Piguet cheap replica watches fan and already have a few conservatively-colored Audemars Piguet models in your collection then adding one of these Funky Colour Editions is likely what Audemars Piguet feels you might want to do. The brand’s current strategy is clearly focused on the popularity of the Royal Oak, and part of that means selling more models to existing customers.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400SR Two-Tone Replica Watch

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Two-tone watches have historically come with a certain stigma attached: just think about those hoards of old Datejusts on loosey-goosey bracelets dangling from the wrists of retirees in Florida rest homes! Audemars Piguet is taking a gamble by releasing a two-tone model in their core sports luxury collection, which is generally targeting a younger demographic. This is a bold move for AP, and one that, in my opinion, reflects a larger movement at play within the industry. More on that later. For now, on to the basics:

The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Two-Tone (Reference 15400SR.00.1229SR.01) is based in the same angular 41mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak replica watch case as its steel brethren. It has an overall thickness of 9.8mm. As noted above, the case material is steel and gold, but unlike some earlier two-tone Royal Oak models, this one utilizes pink gold in lieu of yellow on the crown, bracelet center links, and characteristic “porthole” bezel. The white dial features the traditional Grand Tapisserie patterning associated with the Royal Oak model since its inception, as well as pink gold hour hour markers and hands. The watch is currently only offered with a traditional integrated bracelet, not a leather strap.

Audemars-Piguet-Royal-Oak-Two-Tone-15400SR-12The movement is AP’s Calibre 3120 self-winding automatic, with a frequency of 3hz and a power reserve of 60 hours. This calibre is built entirely in-house and is very much a workhorse for their Royal Oak collection, powering three-hand models with center seconds and an instantaneously jumping date function, displayed here, as on other 15400 models, at the three o’clock position.

Since the Reference 15400 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak isn’t new, and has been covered in-depth previously, the question of this model’s wearability comes down entirely to the aesthetics of the two-tone layout. As I mentioned earlier, two-tone watches have a stigma attached to them, and Audemars Piguet’s gamble in bringing one back to their most recognizable collection is worthy of note.

It might not be fashionable quite yet – hell, I’ll bet there’s a fair amount of you reading this right now that doubt it ever will be. Well, I was once one of those guys, and whether its maturation of taste or simply getting old, my stance has about-faced. I think two-tone is coming back to the timepiece market as part of this shift of values, and I think hot sale replica Audemars Piguet watch is taking point. When done well, two-tone can be a thing of beauty. And of balls. And AP has more balls than most.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, entities both private and public come to help. Corporations like to hold special events or create special products to aid recovery causes. Are these actions commercially driven? Sure, but it is the thought that counts right. Japan has always been a healthy market for Audemars Piguet and now, about six months after the fact when Japan is still in recovery mode, AP has launched two money raising charity programs. Oh, and worth noting is that Audemars Piguet will not charge for labor fixing any AP watches that may have been damaged as an effect of the disaster in Japan. Check with AP for more details on this.

The first cool thing is the release of a new limited edition Royal Oak Offshore timepiece set called the “Ginza7” These will be two separate watches, each limited to 200 pieces, the sale of which will help the Japanese Red Cross. The first watch is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ginza7 replica watch Stainless Steel and the second is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ginza7 Forged Carbon . The watches are both 42mm wide are pretty much standard AP ROO watches in terms of specs and design. Unique here are the dials and the casebacks.

Second is the Royal Oak Offshore Ginza7 Forged Carbon model – my favorite. I am still really keep on AP’s pretty awesome forged carbon and like the dial that mix a series of looks. The black hands and gold ringed subsdial are my favorite parts. The bezel is in ceramic. Again, both are limited to 200 pieces each and will be available soon. See pricing info below.

In addition to the two limited edition watches, Audemars Piguet replica watches will auction off 40 AP wall clocks. Each of these clocks has been signed by a celebrity . Many of these are current Audemars Piguet brand ambassadors. The 40 clocks are currently on display in Audemars Piguet’s Ginza boutique in Tokyo. The auction results of these clocks will also go to the Japanese Red Cross.