INTRODUCING: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar OpenworkedJames Robinson
Audemars Piguet have once again stunned everyone with their latest full-ceramic piece of timekeeping wonderment – the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked.
Showcasing the Swiss marque’s ceramic prowess, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar’s 41mm black ceramic case and conforming bracelet are finished to exquisite detail, and feature both brushed and polished elements.
And when combined and contrasted with the gorgeously warm tones of the openworked dial’s pink gold accents, this makes for one of the most aesthetically appealing watches AP has released this year.
Speaking of the openworked movement, it’s Audemars Piguet’s prodigious, in-house Caliber 5135, a self-winding work of art that houses a perpetual calendar complication, which intricately displays the day, week, month, date, leap year and moon phase.
In addition, the mesmerising movement is fitted with no less than 374 parts, 38 jewels, and offers customers up to 40 hours of power reserve and beats away at a calm 19,800vph (2.75Hz).
Surprisingly, this isn’t, strictly speaking, a limited edition timepiece. However, it is a boutique exclusive, which means that the closest store for Australians is Audemars Piguet’s Singaporean boutique … and we’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that the waiting list for this watch will stretch well into 2021.
In addition, and perhaps rather obviously, all this artistry, precision and craftsmanship comes at a price, with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked costing 130,000 CHF, or roughly 200,000 Aussie dollars.