The Perpetual Calendar is one of the oldest complications in the history of fine watchmaking, with legend claiming that the first of its kind was made in 1800. Audemars Piguet has carved a niche for itself by creating exquisite timepieces featuring this complication from the 1950s.
Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
The maison launched the 41mm Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in 2015, and this year have brought the horological masterpiece firmly into the here and now with an ultra-modern pink-on-pink take for the very first time. The 18K rose gold piece now also comes with a rose gold dial, complemented by dark blue subsidiary dials for the day, date, moonphase and year information, which make it easier to read.
The dial itself features an aesthetically stunning ‘Grande Tapisserie’ design which also increases the balance and makes it easier to read the perpetual calendar indications. The unique week counter with a dedicated hand that points to the weeks in the year, from 1 to 52, on a scale printed on the flange is maintained in the reimagined Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar as well.
The rose gold timepiece has an automatic caliber 5134 movement, which is only 4.31mm thick and fully visible through the glareproof sapphire crystal caseback. With 38 jewels and 374 parts, all within a slim, streamlined case, this exceptional watch is a demonstration of the technical precision and horological ingenuity developed by the Audemars Piguet craftsmen and designers through nearly two centuries of the maison’s celebrated history.
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is water resistant up to 20 metres and comes with a rose gold bracelet with an AP folding clasp and also an additional blue alligator leather strap, which matches the blue of the subsidiary dials.
As with the original Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, and the sleek all-black ceramic iteration launched in 2017, the rose gold version of this infinitely classic timepiece promises to be on the wish-lists and on the wrists of connoisseurs of fine watchmaking around the world.