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SIHH 2016: Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, yellow gold

SIHH 2016: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, yellow gold

At the SIHH 2016, Audemars Piguet will unveil its newest Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in yellow gold.

Launched in 1972, the Royal Oak was the first luxury watch to treat stainless steel, and meticulously craft, polish and decorate it, like a precious metal. The revolution it launched opened a new and extremely creative chapter for Audemars Piguet, during which it explored traditional and unconventional materials in great depth: platinum, carbon, alacrite, bronze, rubber, ceramic, titanium, tantalum, etc…
Now Audemars Piguet breaks the rules again by returning luxury watchmaking to its most elemental material: yellow gold, source of wealth and power and symbol of eternity universal.

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On the “Grande Tapisserie” decorated blue dial — a subtle pattern of three-dimensional squares — the day, month and date displays of a perpetual calendar are given pride of place. The essential leap year indication (an Audemars Piguet innovation first introduced to wristwatch design in 1955) takes centre stage at noon, the astronomical moon finds it place at six o’clock, and the week of the year is displayed on the dial’s outer chapter ring.

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Housed within the yellow gold case, the self-winding watch’s new calibre 5134 beats at 19,800 vibrations/h and offers a 40-hour power reserve. Fully visible through the glareproof sapphire crystal caseback, it is based on its predecessor, calibre 2120,  but has been enlarged to perfectly fit the updated 41mm case size, water resistant to 20m.
The 2016 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is fitted with a 18-carat yellow gold bracelet with Audemars Piguet folding clasp.

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Audemars Piguet is one of the few independent family-owned watch businesses and has been based in Le Brassus, in Switzerland's Vallée de Joux region, at the heart of the fine watchmaking industry, ever since the company was first established in 1875.

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