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Audemars Piguet celebrates ‘Royal Oak’s’ 50th Birthday!

February 11th, 2022

The year 2022 has just started, and it seems that renowned Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has already got big plans! And, why not, it’s the famous Royal Oak’s 50th Birthday this year. To begin with, AP has given a king-like treatment to the Royal Oak collection by launching a slew of Royal Oak models that look hotter than ever!

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So, if you were planning to get a new fancy timepiece for the New Year, we believe that the time has come. Sell your Audemars Piguet or simply upgrade it to get hold of one of these latest dynamic timepieces that are sure to captivate your attention at once!

The latest collection reflects the company’s vision for the years to come, and it’s indeed very appealing and refreshing. But before we jump to discuss the how and what of the New Royal Oak models, let’s state a few highlights.

5 Key 2022 Highlights from Audemars Piguet

  • The heat in the watch market is increasing, and the only way to keep up with the pace is to be present in the market. Reportedly, AP had sold just 45000 watches in 2021. In 2022, the company is gearing up to increase the count to 50000 and has already employed 2500 workers.
  • The bigger news is that the watchmaker plans to set aside a big chunk of the new Royal Oak collection for those new to the brand. One of the key ways the newcomers can set themselves aside from the existing population is by developing a relationship with the brand and its officials.
  • The brand currently focuses on making the timepiece slimmer and more comfortable on the wrists. They intend to simplify the readability of the watches with new mechanisms.
  • There is a revision of minor elements and touch-points without hampering the original essence. This will enhance the look and feel of the wristwatches for both men and women.
  • In 2023, AP plans to launch something very new and refreshing to the Royal Oak Concept case.

NEW TRAIL OF WATCHES TO CELEBRATE ROYAL OAK’S 50TH BIRTHDAY

1. ‘JUMBO’ Extra-Thin Ref.16202

The Next Gen Royal Oak Ref. 16202 has replaced the Royal Oak Ref.15202. The new model comes in a 36mm case and roofs a new self-winding Calibre 7121 (extra-thin). AP has tweaked the years-old mechanism and flaunts a new date & minute movement along with a new self-winding hour for the first time.

It also has a larger barrel that offers more power for timekeeping. In short, the watch provides a power reserve of around 55 hours. Some other fascinating additions include:

  • A Balance wheel that comes fit with inertia blocks to prevent needless friction
  • Bi-directional winding
  • An extra-thin, low-energy date-setting structure
  • The watches abide by high-horology standards

The Extra-Thin Ref. 16202 comes in 4 models:

  • 18ct Pink Gold with Petite Tapisserie dials
  • Stainless Steel
  • 18ct Yellow Gold with Petite Tapisserie dials
  • Platinum

2. Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic

At a glance, you might feel that you’re looking back at the same AP Royal Oak model that was released last year. But the luxury watch brand has done some incredible magic which deserves appreciation. If you find it hard to decipher, let’s do it for you:

  • The Logo is spelt out and replaces the previous ‘AP’ style
  • Minute links that link the letters measure the size of a hair strand that is almost invisible to the eye
  • The Signature is crafted in 24ct Pink Gold & set through a 3D printing process
  • The Numerals in the Date Window is Gold
  • The Pins connecting the bracelet links aren’t visible on the side
  • The Length & size of the hour markers have undergone modification for better legibility

3. Extra-Thin ‘JUMBO’ Open-worked Ref. 16204

Measuring 39mm, the ‘JUMBO’ extra-thin Open-worked Ref. 16204 is available in 2 models:

  • 18ct Pink Gold
  • Stainless Steel

The Ref. 16204 roofs the new self-winding, open-worked Calibre 7124, almost similar to the Calibre 7121 mentioned above. The features that make the Calibre 7124 different are the open-worked structure with the bridge and main late cut via CNC mechanism. After that the electric discharge mechanism makes them seamless.

You can vividly see the 324 hand-polished V angles on the dial and the case back. The stainless steel version of the watch comes with a rhodium-toned movement, and the pink-gold variant comes with a slate grey bridge with a distinct grey barrel at 11 o’clock.

4. Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon

Three new 41mm Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon variants are released in stainless steel, titanium, and 18ct pink gold. All the three latest iterations come with bracelets and cases with wider bevels. Moreover, the thickness of the first link is decreased to fits the wrists seamlessly.

Additionally, the case back has been fitted on the middle of the case to offer a more relaxed fit. Some of the other subtle features include:

  • Improvement of the hands and hour markers
  • The Signature of AP comes applied in 24-carat gold.
  • Addition of new tones to the Grand Tappisserie dial
  • You can also see the fine Cotes de Geneve movement finishing through the case back

5. Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Open-Worked

The open-work watches emit a class of their own, and who better than Audemars Piguet to execute them in the finest possible way. Coming in 41mm, the iconic open-worked version of the Flying Tourbillon, the timepiece hosts a Calibre 2950 movement and the architecture of the model surpasses anything you’ve seen so far from the luxury watch brand.

The finely finished vertical and horizontal bridges create a stunning 3D effect. Surprisingly, the company intends to generate only 125 pieces this year, 80 pieces in 2023 and 45 in 2024. This will thereby result in a steep increase in its demand.

Therefore, if you want to invest in any worthy timepiece, reach out for the AP Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon. You’ll not just be blown away with its appearance but also with the kind of value it would fetch when you sell AP watches in the future.

6. Royal Oak & Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Watches

AP released 28 variants on its 37mm Royal Oaks and 38 & 41mm from Self-Winding Chronograph models collectively. Not just that. The company plans to launch other models in 34 & 41mm in the latter half of 2022.

What’s new in the latest trail of releases?

  • Enlargement of the bevels present on the bottom & top
  • The case back is faintly joined into the middle of the case for a better fit
  • The bracelet’s links are lighter & slimmer
  • The minute track is printed directly on the Tapisserie dial
  • The Logo of AP is Audemars Piguet at the 12 o’clock position
  • The collection also sees a Night Blue dial colour or ‘Blue Nuit’ & a Baby Blue Dubbed Cloud 50

7. Royal Oak Offshore Diamond Pave

Nothing new or innovative; it’s just that the Royal Oak Offshore is getting all decked up in diamond to celebrate its brother’s Birthday! AP has launched four new diamond-set variants. Out of which, two come with Round Brilliant Cut diamonds over the case, dial, and in one particular model, the bracelet. The other two models flaunt Baguette diamonds adorned in the case or the bezel.

In the Round Brilliant Variants- The diamonds are particularly juxtaposed against the rich AP black coloured sub-dials.

Even the pusher guards & crown come set with diamonds. A fully sparkling affair it is!

What’s special about the 50th Birthday Royal Oak Collection?

As stated in the details above, all the watch models are exclusive and fascinating. Not to forget the brilliant technicalities and functionality they bring to the forefront. But another major aspect that tags the collection as unique is the oscillating mass visible from the case back and comes with an engraved cut-out that says ’50 Years’.

Isn’t that amazing? Moreover, after 31st December 2022, all the watches will come equipped with the standard oscillating mass.

CONCLUSION

So, that’s all for the first half of 2022. Now, let’s wait till the second half of the year to find out what more exciting new features AP has got for its fans. Meanwhile, if you’re gearing to find some of the best investment watches, don’t forget to walk through the New Royal Oak collection.

It’s worth every penny! Remember that you can always sell AP watches at an impressive value in the pre-owned market.

Also Read: 5 of the Best Audemars Piguet Watches for Avid Watch Collectors

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