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Guide To Buying A SIHH 2017: Audemars Piguet Facelifts the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm, Plus One in Titanium & Platinum Replica Guide Trusted Dealers

While Audemars Piguet has obtained quite a lot of flak in the past for what several collectors perceive as pushing the Royal Oak fame a bit too much, I think the option available within the

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While Audemars Piguet has obtained quite a lot of flak in the past for what several collectors perceive as pushing the Royal Oak fame a bit too much, I think the option available within the scope is a great thing. Not everyone is able to manage a tourbillon chronograph, and not everybody wants just a time-only watch. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Material Good watch comes with a bracelet of the same substance as the instance and an additional alligator leather strap. It is accessible at Audemars Piguet stores and the Material Good shop in NY for $297,000 for its pink gold version and $261,000 for the titanium version. Audemars Piguet has been creating some of the most technically interesting watches within their Royal Oak Concept collection for the past few years. Last year they showed off the Royal Oak Concept Laptimer, an exceptionally complicated chronograph with three column wheels that could measure sequential lap times. And earlier this year, they introduced the both complex Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch, a minute repeater exemplifying Audemars Piguet’s obsession with all sound clarity and quality.Of course, it’d be unkind to show you photos and tell you about this watch’s amazing sound with no movie to allow you to hear it, so do play with the video over to listen to it on your own. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch is a bit that required Audemars Piguet eight long years to develop, and the aim was to create the supreme striking watch. The second repeater complication is often regarded as one of the most difficult and… well, complicated to create – so imagine how hard it is to make one from scratch. The next thing to keep in mind is that Audemars Piguet did not only want to create a new minute repeater watch, they wanted to create one that are the very best.

Five years after its launch, the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm has been restyled for SIHH 2017. Audemars Piguet kept the fundamentals the same, applying some minor tweaks to the dial to give it a sportier look (compare it with the earlier version).

All the new Royal Oak Chronograph variants feature two-tone dials, with the sub-dials in contrasting colours. Another obvious change are the enlarged registers for elapsed minute and hours, while that for the constant seconds has been reduced. This improves legibility somewhat, since elapsed time has to be read, while the sub-seconds is merely a reminder that the watch is running.

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To the same end, the hour markers are now wider and shorter, with a broader strip of Super-Luminova for increased nighttime glow; the same has been done for the hands as well (the counterweight of the seconds hand now has luminescent paint as well).

All the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm models are equipped with the calibre 2385, which is actually the Frederic Piguet 1185, a compact and slim automatic movement.

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The new range includes four models in pink gold, in either blue or brown, accompanied by either an alligator strap or matching gold bracelet, as well as three in stainless steel with black, white or blue dials.

All in stainless steel, except the bottom right in titanium and platinum

Ti and Pt

And most intriguing, the line-up also includes the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm in titanium and platinum (ref. 26331IP.OO.1220IP.01).

This unusual, boutique-only model has most of the case and bracelet in brushed titanium, with the bezel and centre links of the bracelet in polished platinum for a striking contrast of surface finishes.

And the dial is grey with the sub-dials and minute chapter ring in dark blue, the same combination of colours found on the first generation Royal Oak Offshore in titanium.

The version in titanium and platinum

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.


 

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