Alike many of my fellow collectors, watch bloggers, and watch dealers, I'm not crazy about two-tone watches. Quite frankly, I've never met a guy who'd dare walk out his front door with a contemporary, two-tone timepiece on his wrist. Just yesterday, at day one of Geneva's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Audemars Piguet unveiled a two-tone Royal Oak. This SIHH novelty has resurged in a bolder, more attractive form than its 1980's quartz counterpart. Oh, and yes, I'm sure it'll turn a ton of heads and change the sentiments of many. Two-tone is officially back.
Initially, the impeccable “Grande Tapisserie” dial caught my attention. Being a fan of AP's Genta-era designs, I find a textured dial on a Royal Oak to be aesthetically beneficial and a major plus in terms of future collectibility. Also, the case and integrated bracelet are very streamlined and closely resemble the robust utilitarian structure of early Royal Oak wristwatches.
Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 3120.
Total diameter: 26.60 mm (113⁄4 lines).
Total thickness: 4.26 mm.
Number of jewels: 40.
Number of parts: 280.
Minimal guaranteed power reserve of 60 hours.
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (= 21,600 vibrations/hour).
Stainless steel case, 18-carat pink gold bezel, links and screw-locked crown.
Glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback.
Water-resistant to 50 m.
Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern.
Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
Pink gold applied hour-markers.
Stainless steel and 18-carat pink gold bracelet.
Stainless steel AP folding clasp.
All in all, two-tone or not, I'm extremely happy to see Audemars Piguet re-introduce an icon.
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