Audemars Piguet's Openworked Splendour Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph

HM Jewelers
January 19, 2024
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Within the field of watchmaking, theAudemars Piguet Royal Oak stands out as a shining example of originality. Thiswatch is a rare treasure, one of only 100 made, guaranteeing a unique look onyour wrist that makes you stand out in a sea of sameness. This limited editiondelivers an authentic and unmatched experience in a world full with copies.


Let's go past the attraction of scarcity,though. The extremely durable black ceramic used in the manufacture of thiswatch laughs in the face of scratches. Its style pays homage to the originaldesign, echoing the unique combination of brushed and polished finishes foundin its equivalents made of steel and precious metal. As a result, this RoyalOak offers contemporary benefits while preserving the charm of the cherishedclassic, guaranteeing that your watch ages gracefully and defies the effects oftime.


Rado was a pioneer in the early 1960swatchmaking experimentation with ceramics. In the decades that followed, thismaterial made its way into the public and even appeared on the designs ofhigh-end luxury companies such as Audemars Piguet.


When it comes to measurements, this watchis striking because to its 44mm diameter and thin 13.20mm case thickness, bothof which are flawlessly sealed. Eight stainless steel hex-shaped screws firmlyfasten the exquisitely crafted bezel, which is a marvel of artistry. Eightround stainless steel screws meticulously secure the sapphire case back, whichis transparent but scratch-resistant. The case back features an original canvaswith an engraved design that reads "Royal Oak" above and "LIMITEDEDITION OF 100 PIECES" below, emphasising rarity.

This watch is unique due to its intricatemechanical design, which goes beyond its elegant structure. With itstourbillon, a wonder of horology that improves accuracy by deftly opposinggravity at different angles, this watch is more than just a useful tool. Itsattraction transcends usefulness; it holds the viewer's attention and producesa riveting show that is sure to captivate everyone who watches its complicateddance.

At six o'clock, the tourbillon cage steals the show and begins an elegant danceagainst the skeleton dial, illuminating the complex realm of horology. Thehands, fashioned like batons and made of polished white gold, move with a softgrace and glow a green colour at night. The spherical index hour markers andthe regal inverted triangle, which is positioned majestically at 12 o'clock,are also adorned with this alluring brightness. Every motion on the dialrepresents a precise choreography, a visual symphony in the temporal dance.

The dial's black sub-dials are a subtlevisual treat, drawing in viewers with their seeming ability to floatweightlessly in the ethereal expanse of the watch face, as though defyinggravity. A subdued but noticeable thirty-minute counter is positioned at threeo'clock, ready and waiting to do the complex dance of the chronograph stopwatchfeature. At the subdued hour of nine, a modest running seconds sub-registerelegantly performs its function.

The chronograph's hands, each serving a distinct function, perform a precisewaltz around the dial. The 30-minute counter hand and the black-and-whitecentral seconds hand move in unison, illuminating the idea of measured time. Adelicately printed white track for seconds and split seconds is located on theblack-adorned periphery of the dial, creating a refined canvas that encouragesthe quest of accuracy.


Watch gems within the tourbillon and itscage house a monochrome symphony that is disrupted only by subtle flashes ofred on the skeleton dial, which is immersed in a play of shadows and light. Theblack ceramic bracelet uses the same harmonic colour scheme as the two otherathletic rubber straps, one solid black and the other dynamic black with greysides. A titanium deployant buckle in the AP style and an additional set ofblack ceramic lug links complete this ensemble, demonstrating the fine craftsmanship.


The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak TourbillonChronograph is in the centre of attention. Openworked, with model number26343ce.oo.1247ce.01 adorning it. An extraordinary hand-wound timepiece drivenby an internal Audemars Piguet calibre 2936. A demonstration of the marriage ofartistry and precision, this 28-jewel, 3Hz movement provides a significantpower reserve of about 72 hours while orchestrating a ballet of 21,600 VpH.

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