Since its founding in 1875, Audemars Piguet has remained true to its founder’s tradition of craftsmanship and visionary spirit, pushing the limits of craftsmanship and foreseeing the changing needs of society. Audemars Piguet’s unwavering commitment to tradition and innovation remains the cornerstone of the brand today. Today, let’s talk about Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm Ice Blue Dial replica 26317BC.OO.1256BC.01.
Regarding the case, the main update indeed concerns the material, as the replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch is here made of 18k white gold, an exclusivity for this limited edition as the other models, part of the permanent collection, are made of stainless steel or 18k pink gold. This use of white gold has two consequences. The first, quite obvious, is the different in weight, this limited edition being of course heavier than a stainless steel model. Certainly, the watch has a noticeable presence on the wrist but the rather compact dimensions of the case and its ergonomic shape largely compensate, making this Ice Blue version as comfortable as you could expect a full gold watch on bracelet to be. Secondly, and it’s a more subtle difference, white gold has a different shine than stainless steel. It is more delicate, slightly warmer and has more lustre.
One of the very pleasant surprises with this 38mm edition of the replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph concerns the proportions. When reducing the diameter of a watch, there’s always the risk of making the case unbalanced, having an odd diameter/thickness ratio. This is especially true for automatic chronographs, known to be bulkier. Here, Audemars Piguet manages to make its Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm only 11mm in height, which is fairly thin for such a watch. And while it doesn’t have the same slenderness as a Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202ST, at no moment the watch felt unbalanced. And for men questioning the relevance of a 38mm diameter, keep in mind that the Royal Oak is a watch that wears slightly larger than numbers suggest. This mid-size version looks exceedingly good on a man’s or a woman’s wrist (if she’d like a bit of the oversized effect.)
Other specifications remain identical to a stainless steel version, meaning a solid caseback, a screw-lock crown and a 50m water-resistance. The case, alternating brushed surfaces and polished accents, with its signature hexagonal screws and octagonal bezel, is once again superbly executed with impressive attention to details. The emblematic Royal Oak bracelet, with its AP-shaped folding clasp, is no different and shows an impeccable finishing.
The main object of desire in this limited edition of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm replica is it dial. The base doesn’t evolve, being the engine-turned “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, with its intermediate sized squares – which are about 50% larger than the “Petite Tapisserie” pattern found on a Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin. Also, another difference is that the Audemars Piguet logo and automatic mention are positioned in a flat cartouche. As usual, the dial is extremely detailled and offers a unique sense of depth… But nothing new here. What truly matters is the colour, this combination of a light blue, slightly metallic background with dark blue elements, for the minuterie and the sub-counters’ tracks. Nothing objective here, but this dial looks stunning in the metal, offering a light, summery vibe, a discreet touch of colour, greatly complementing the beautiful lustre of the white gold case
Inside this watch beats the AP selfwinding caliber 2385 featuring an 18k gold oscillating weight. The same base as used in the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm replica, a modified Frédérique Piguet 1185 ébauche, this automatic, integrated movement with column-wheel is mostly appreaciated for its reliability, its compact diameter (perfect for this 38mm version) and its thinness, an important factor for the Royal Oak. The movement oscillates at 21,600vph/3Hz and offers a power supply of 40 hours.
Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak Chronograph
Reference Number: 26317BC.OO.1256BC.01
Case Material: 18k white gold
Dial Color: Light blue
Indexes: Applied markers
Water Resistance: 50m
Strap/Bracelet: Integrated bracelet
Functions: Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, and date
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz
Chronometer Certified: No
Limited Edition: Yes, 100 pieces
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