NEW GOLD TIMEPIECE BY AUDEMARS PIGUET – What if yellow gold were to storm back to bulge in the watch industry next year? Beforehand the next year’s big watch show – Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – in Geneva, Swiss luxury watches manufacturer Audemars Piguet has revealed a new Royal Oak model. Audemars Piguet innovates again by returning luxury watchmaking to its most elemental material – the yellow gold – with the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Yellow Gold.
Audemars Piguet, well-known for its luxury goods, has never shied away from using other sorts of precious metals, including rose gold and white gold, and is even famous for its experiments in using carbon and alacrite in watch cases.
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.
Part of the inspiration for this new edition is the first Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar designed by Jacqueline Dimier in 1984. Of the 279 pieces in that original launch, 229 were sumptuously cased in yellow gold. This new luxury timepiece, Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, celebrates the timeless allure of yellow gold by combining it with the most classic and romantic complication.
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Yellow Gold 41mm timepiece features a blue dial with a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern of three-dimensional squares. It displays, via subdials, the month and leap year at 12 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock, day of the week at 9 o’clock, and the moon phase at 6 o’clock. The weeks of the year are marked on the rotating internal bezel.
Audacious and visionary, the 2016 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar leads luxury watchmaking back to the rarest, more admirable prize: yellow gold, as brilliant and warm as the sun, making it the perfect timepiece for your luxury life.