Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic Chronograph 41mm Brushed Gold
The latest version of the Associated Press RO Chrono is equipped with a flyback movement and is now available in a highly decorated limited edition.
Don’t think that because Audemars Piguet has launched a variety of new models this year, they have nothing to show. In fact, it is far from the case, because today the brand once again released a number of new watches. Some are really spectacular. Earlier this year, Audemars Piguet launched a new version of the Royal Oak Automatic Chronograph, which is a classic model based on the movement launched with code 11.59, equipped with a new automatic movement. Visually, there is not much explanation for this update, but mechanically speaking, this is a big step forward. Today, the brand launched a new limited edition based on this watch, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic Chronograph 41 mm frosted gold, with an iconic hammered case.
The Royal Oak Automatic Chronograph is a true classic in the series, launched in 1997 for the 25th anniversary of the series. It was 39 mm in size at the time and equipped with a Piguet movement. It will slowly develop until 2012 and it will be updated to a 41 mm case. But still the basic movement with external sources. In 2021, RO Chrono will undergo one of the most important updates ever. Of course, the style and proportions are almost the same. But inside the case, there is Audemars Piguet’s internal integrated automatic chronograph, which is the first movement to appear in the Code 11.59 series 4401 movement.
This watch was first launched in March 2021. There are 4 models, all made of rose gold, which is the basis of today’s limited edition watch. This means that all specifications and proportions are the same, but the materials, processing methods and colors are different. Therefore, we are in the known territory. First, we retrieved the typical RO case, octagonal bezel and 8 screws, diameter 41 mm, height 12.38 mm-the case of the new Royal Oak Automatic Chronograph is about 1.4 mm thicker than the previous generation. Because of the new movement.
The new feature of this version is to combine the 18k white gold case with the brand’s signature “frosted” finish. This case decoration was launched in 2016 and was developed by Italian jewelry designer Carolina Bucci (Carolina Bucci) and has been using this golden hammering or Florentine technique for many years. Applied to all planes and in sharp contrast with the polished bevels of the side of the case and the bezel, it once again creates an eye-catching and impeccable watch with an unprecedented appearance. Bright, reflective, uneven, rough and delicate, AP’s frosted gold is unique. Of course, the entire bracelet uses the same decoration. replica swiss watches online
This limited edition Royal Oak self-winding chronograph 41 mm creates a new dial color. The dial is dark silver, excluding this color, and is the same as the classic version of RO Chrono. The dial is decorated with the famous Grande Tapisserie pattern, with a snail-shaped subdial and platinum application marks and hands. Although the appearance is monochrome, the legibility and contrast are very good. Due to its high metallic luster, the main feature of this dial is how it integrates with the case and bracelet. When worn, it gives a rare sense of overall design, rather than the sum of parts.
Inside the case is the manufacturing caliber 4401, the brand’s integrated automatic flyback chronograph. This is a complex and modern movement that runs at 4 Hz and has a power reserve of 70 hours. Through the bottom cover, it shows its complex structure, the iconic alignment of the reset hammer, and the hollowed out pure gold rotor.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING CHRONOGRAPH 41MM FROSTED GOLD
Case: 41mm diameter x 12.38mm height – 18k white gold, frosted finish with polished accents – sapphire crystal front and caseback – screwed caseback, crown and pushers – 50m water-resistance
Dial: Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, silver-toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
Movement: Manufacture Calibre 4401 – automatic – 40 jewels – 381 components – integrated automatic chronograph with column-wheel and flyback – 32mm – 4Hz frequency – 70h power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date
Bracelet: 18k white gold bracelet, frosted finish with polished accents, AP folding clasp