Thursday, October 29

New: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 34mm collection with Editorial Commentary

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Audemars Piguet adds a new collection of four new Royal Oak Selfwinding model in 34mm for the smaller wrists. In stainless steel and/or 18-carat pink gold complement the Manufacture’s current Royal Oak Selfwinding and Quartz collection.

Press Release with commentary in italics.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 34mm

The four new 34mm Royal Oak models: L-R: In two tone pink gold and steel, in steel with a silver toned dial, in 18k pink gold with a diamond set bezel and in stainless steel diamond set bezel with blue-grey dial.

The two steel models are enhanced by a silver-toned or blue-grey “Grande Tapisserie” dial. The blue-grey watch is adorned with a diamond-set bezel.

The new 34 mm line also features an 18-carat pink gold model with diamond-set bezel and silver-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial.

Last but not least, the Manufacture presents a two-tone model combining a stainless steel case and bracelet with an 18-carat pink gold bezel and bracelet links. This model comes with a silver-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial.

The Audemars Piguet grande tapisserie dial is manufactured in the AP facilities in Les Brassus, and is made by stamping the dials. This is the same technique used to produce the dials for the Royal Oak Offshore models and are different from the petite tapisserie which adorns the standard Royal Oak dials which are made by computer controlled guilloché machines. See our manufacture report for further details.

These references are powered by a new selfwinding movement, calibre 5800, endowed with a dedicated oscillating weight specifically developed for this new 34 mm version.

The new 34 mm models are not replacing the current 33 mm Royal Oak Quartz models, but complement the existing Royal Oak Selfwinding collection.

The new AP Royal Oak Lady 34mm

For the longest time, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak smaller cases have been available only with a quartz movement. AP does make these ladies models with automatic movements, but these are quite rare. We did cover one such watch, owned by our Technical Editor, Sharon Tan.

Audemars Piguet Lady Royal Oak Ref. 77321

So it is interesting that AP has now re-introduced the automatic movement in the Lady Royal Oak, in a slightly larger case size of 34mm instead of 33mm.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 34mm Specifications

More details of all 4 novelties on AP Official Site.

Royal Oak Selfwinding // 34 mm
1. 77350ST.OO.1261ST.01 2. 77350SR.OO.1261SR.01 3. 77351OR.ZZ.1261OR.01 4. 77351ST.ZZ.1261ST.01

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date.

CASE
1. Stainless steel case, stainless steel bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, stainless steel screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50m. 2. Stainless steel case, 18-carat pink gold bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, 18-carat pink gold screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50m. 3. 18-carat pink gold case, diamond-set bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, 18-carat pink gold screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50m. 4. Stainless steel case, diamond-set bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, stainless steel screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50m.

DIAL
1. Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. 2. Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. 3. Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. 4. Blue-grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

BRACELET
1. Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp. 2. Stainless steel bracelet with 18-carat pink gold links and AP folding clasp 3. 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp. 4. Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp.

MOVEMENT SPECIFICATIONS
Selfwinding Calibre 5800
Total diameter 23.3 mm (10 ½ lignes)
Total thickness 3.9 mm
Number of jewels 28
Number of parts 189
Minimum guaranteed power reserve 50h
Frequency of balance wheel 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

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