The watch that dispatched the extravagance sports watch class and kept Audemars Piguet above water through various challenges since 1972 was fittingly named after a 1916 Royal Navy warship, the HMS Royal Oak. Without digging into its beginning and all around archived history, at the very least the Audemars Piguet’s leader Royal Oak has been deciphered in endless pretenses throughout the long term. The Ref. 15500 , a 41mm model of the RO with a redesigned in-house development was acquainted in 2019 and planned with supplant the previous Ref. 15400 that had been around since 2012. Offered with blue, dark and dark dials, the most recent emphasis of Ref. 15000 presently comes with an exemplary silver-conditioned dial. Combined with the steel case, the silver dial adds to its strong monochrome look.
Background Ref. 15500ST
Largely obscured by the dispatch of AP’s polarizing CODE 11.59 assortment during the SIHH 2019, the introduction of the Royal Oak Selfwinding 41mm was in reality enormous information. Supplanting the previous Ref. 15400 , the 2019 Ref. 15500ST was overhauled with another, bigger, in-house development and treated to a few plan changes. Gatherers were satisfied having complained that the development inside Ref. 15400 (type 3120) was too little and implied that the date was marooned excessively far from the fringe for comfort. Albeit the CODE 11.59 assortment was gotten with blended reviews, the assortment accompanied a whole line-up of new in-house developments, one of which was fitted inside the 2019 Ref. 15500.
In-house development type 4302
When it was presented a year ago, the Ref. 15500 was outfitted with the spanking new programmed type 4302 produced for the CODE 11.59 assortment. Practically 6mm bigger than its archetype, the 32mm measurement of type 4302 is a more fitting size for this 41mm model. The recurrence was likewise expanded to 4Hz (3Hz in past) and force save knock up from 60 to 70 hours. Seen from the caseback, the development includes a skeletonised gold rotor with the letters AP in the middle and sharp anglage alongside Geneva stripes on the extensions and cleaned bevels.
The dial holds the mark guilloché Grand Tapisserie design everyone partners with the Royal Oak. Indistinguishable from the other dial tones in the Ref.15500 family, the little squares on the dial have more space among them and stand apart more than in past versions while the moment track on the outskirts of the dial is smooth with slight dark markers printed against the white foundation. Upgrading decipherability, the applied white gold hour markers are more limited and more extensive than the previous reference and can convey more lume. Clearly the huge change over Ref.15400 is the disposal of great importance marker at 3 o’clock to accommodate the date window, which is presently tucked conveniently against the minutes track. The date window has a white foundation and dark numerals to repeat the minutes track.
The hardened steel case estimates 41mm and has a thickness of 10.4mm. All the mark qualities of the RO are in plain view: the sharp, unique points of the case; the notable octagonal bezel with the eight hexagonal white gold screws; the incorporated arm band; and the flawlessly brushed and cleaned completes that feature the design of the case. The crown is in a bad way down and water-opposition appraised at 50m.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 41mm in tempered steel (ref. 15500ST.OO.1220ST.04) retails for EUR 20,700 or USD 20,400. For more data, kindly visit audemarspiguet.com .