Last year, at the SIHH 2018, Audemars Piguet introduced a contextual analysis, an idea watch made to show the brand’s savoir-faire regarding watchmaking: the Royal Oak #RD2, otherwise called the world’s thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar . Stunningly complex inside and exceptionally natural outside (unmistakably it had all the attributes of a Royal Oak watch), we realized this piece was not going to stay an idea for long… And here it is. Meet the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin.
Based on the RD#2
The race for ultra-thin is one interesting issue these days, with a fight between newcomer Bvlgari and long haul master Piaget. Down the middle 10 years, the Italians figured out how to break five world records, the other as of late introduced the thinnest mechanical watch ever made… However, these two aren’t the solitary bosses of thinness on the scene and Audemars Piguet has, for certain many years now, savoir-faire in this field. The most recent proof of this ability came looking like the idea watch presented at the SIHH 2018, the RD#2 .
This great piece of mechanical designing was, by very some edge, the thinnest programmed perpetual calendar at any point fabricated. Inside an extremely natural Royal Oak case estimating 41mm in measurement yet just 6.3mm in tallness was a recently evolved development based on the old type 2120 base (ex-JLC, presently produced in-house by AP) with a shiny new QP component incorporated into the development to acquire space. This idea watch was, indeed, to a greater extent a model to test the mechanics and public reactions… As it presently comes in its last, commercial phase.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin holds a large portion of the details and mechanical arrangements of the RD#2 watch . Changes are for the most part on the visual side. Undoubtedly, its case (still 41mm x 6.30mm) is currently a “IP”, which means a brushed titanium base – for the focal case, caseback, crown and the greater part of the wristband – with some cleaned platinum emphasizes – bezel and arm band focal connections. The RD#2 model was completely made of 950 platinum and was incredibly, hefty on the wrist.
The second development can be seen on the dial of this Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. Instead of the exemplary “petite tapisserie” guilloché design found on the RD#2, the commercial form offers a cleaner matte, vertically brushed dial with tone-on-tone sub-counters. Considering the enormous number of signs showed on the dial, this decision makes a watch that is both cleaner and simpler to read.
For the rest, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin holds the components of the RD#2. The case is 6.30mm in stature, which is 3.2mm not exactly an ordinary Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, itself effectively not a thick watch. So how did AP figure out how to accomplish this, realizing that these two watches are based on a similar mechanical architecture?
The Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin has another development inside its titanium case, named 5133. New…? Not completely, as its base is the 2120, the development that controls the Extra-Thin Royal Oak 15202 and the in-house adaptation of the JLC development that was once found in the early Jumbo 5402 – an old development that is as yet one of the thinnest programmed types and one of only a handful not many with a focal rotor. This development includes a coasting barrel (no scaffold on top) and a rotor with a particular development, as the majority of its weight is moved to the fringe and it is upheld by a beryllium ring and 4 gems to help the swaying weight – two arrangements kept on the RD#2 and the present watch.
However, compared to the development found in the ordinary Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, the QP instrument has been altogether updated. In the first place, Audemars Piguet dealt with working on the instrument – don’t be terrified, it is really a complex exercise. Rather than 374 sections in the cal. 5134, the new cal. 5133 highlights 256 components. Additionally, some thickness has been diminished gratitude to a rearrangement of the parts on an even plane, be that as it may, making a bigger development (32mm versus 29mm).
The traditional development of the perpetual calendar module has been re-designed to become a solitary component on one plane as it were. At long last, a few pieces of the QP system have been reconsidered, with two licenses recorded. One concerns the date wheel, the second the four year wheel, the two components that permit the watch to ascertain the calendar signs and show the right date. Both component new math to diminish height.
Price and Availability
As you can envision, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin ref. 26586IP.OO.1240IP.01 won’t be the most open watch available, both regarding cost – CHF 140,000 before charges – and as far as accessibility, as the watch may be accessible at official shops and creation is required to be low. It is out there however, as some have been spotted on Instagram as of now …
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