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Audemars Piguet Introduces the 2016 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Watch in Gold

The latest in the Swiss watchmaker’s legendary line appears to have been touched by Midas…

Audemars Piguet’s 2016 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in yellow gold is a gilded tribute to the Swiss watchmaker’s original Royal Oak sensation from the Seventies. First launched in 1972, the wristwatch was the first high-ticket timepiece presented in stainless steel—an audacious idea that soon established a new industry standard. In 1984, Jacqueline Dimier designed the Royal Oak’s Perpetual Calendar model, featuring the same iconic octagonal case secured with eight hexagonal screws. Now gussied up in 18-karat yellow gold for the case and bracelet (complemented by yellow-gold hour markers), the new edition still comprises the same complication as the original.

Set within Audemars Piguet’s traditional “Grand Tapisserie”–patterned dial are three subdials located at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, and 9 o’clock, displaying month, date, and day, respectively. Weeks are recorded around the inner bezel. A “leap year” indication (first introduced to wristwatches by Audemars Piguet in 1955) also sits at 12 o’clock while another subdial at 6 o’clock follows the phases of the moon.

The self-winding movement—with a 40-hour power reserve—is inspired from the manufacture’s classic Calibre 2120 (released in 1967) and can be monitored through the sapphire-crystal caseback. The watch will be available in March for a price as yet to be announced. (audemarspiguet.com)

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