Audemars Piguet introduced the very first Royal Oak Chronograph in 1997, which makes this year the model’s 20th anniversary. To celebrate, the brand is launching a set of new Royal Oak Chronographs with two-tone dials, inspired by a 2008 design, and a smattering of subtle aesthetic changes. Here’s a look at the watches, which we discovered this week at SIHH 2017.
There are seven new models in all. Their dials recall vintage examples from the 1930s to 1960s, with subdial colors that contrast the color of the main dials. Audemars Piguet has also subtly tweaked some dial details: the chronograph counters at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock have been expanded; the applied hour markers (made of white gold) are shorter but wider; additional luminescent coating has been applied to the hour markers and transfers for greater legibility; and the date window has been relocated between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock positions.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronographs include four versions in rose gold, available on either a matching rose gold bracelet or an alligator strap and with a choice of brown or blue dials adorned with the “Grand Tapisserie” motif that is a hallmark of the Royal Oak collection. The steel versions of the watch are offered with a choice of “Grande Tapisserie” dials in black, silver, or blue and fitted with stainless steel bracelets.
The watches all contain Audemars Piguet Caliber 2385, a self-winding movement with 37 jewels, a 21,600-vph frequency, and a minimum 40-hour power reserve when fully wound. The cases have glareproofed sapphire crystals and screw-locked crowns that help ensure their water-resistance of 50 meters. The bracelets and straps (the latter of which are made of “large square scale” alligator leather) all attach with AP folding clasps. The prices range from $29,300 to $56,600.