Audemars Piguet Presents New Openworked Self-Winding Royal Oak Watch

Nov 24, 2010
Audemars Piguet is extremely pleased to unveil its new Openworked self-winding Royal Oak watch.

The Royal Oak Skeleton watch has smartly united traditional and modern elements. The Manufacture in Le Brassus has long been highly appreciated for the supreme quality of its skeleton movements. The art of skeletonization, mastered by just a handful of watch manufacturers, requires special technical and artistic skills.

From the technical point of view, it is necessary to maintain the watchs precision and reliability. From the artistic point of view, the movement skeletonization requires extremely meticulous decorative work based on considerable dexterity and experience.

The Audemars Piguet latest creation represents a resolutely modern skeleton timepiece reflecting a more architectural and more contemporary stylistic evolution. The high-end finishing, demonstrating understated execution and hand-drawn file strokes, accentuates the case surface treatment and the satin-brushed bezel.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton watch accommodates the new Calibre 3129, the creation of which was based on the idea of breaking with traditions. As a result, the model demonstrates pure and contemporary lines, not following the codes of traditional skeletonized timepieces.

The movement demonstrates restrained, pure cut-outs, straight satin-brushing on the mainplate and on the bridges. It is also characterized by intensification of colors, contrasts and shades due to completely hand-crafted bevelling. The colors range from grey to anthracite, the latter achieved with help of an anthracite galvanic surface treatment.

The predominating grey shades nicely contrast with the shade of the gilt brass gear trains and the color of the 22K solid gold oscillating weight, also openworked and featuring the AP monogram.

The new all grey-clad self-winding movement of the Openworked self-winding Royal Oak watch is accommodated by the 39 mm case with a see-through case-back. The beautifully openworked anthracite dial is completed with applied and facetted gold hour-markers.

Calibre 3129 has been derived from the base movement - the brands Calibre 3120 - a highly-reliable mechanical self-winding movement, designed and developed independently by the Manufacture in Le Brassus.

The 253-component Calibre 3129 animates the hours, minutes and central seconds. It incorporates a cross-through balance bridge for optimal shock-resistance and a direct drive seconds hand to avoid any jerking. The use of a variable-inertia balance equipped with eight inertia-blocks guarantees stable rating accuracy.

Calibre 3129 is also extremely user-friendly as it offers a stop-seconds function and a 60-hour power reserve.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton watch has been created in two versions a steel case coupled with a steel bracelet fitted with a folding clasp and an 18K pink gold case presented on an alligator leather strap, also with a folding clasp. The timepiece is 50-meter water-resistant.


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