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AUDEMARS PIGUET UNVEILS A NEW GEM-SET VERSION OF THE ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING

AUDEMARS PIGUET UNVEILS  A NEW GEM-SET VERSION  OF THE ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING

Le Brassus, May 2020 – The Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is pleased to unveil a new gem-set version of its 41 mm Royal Oak model encompassing both brilliant-cut diamonds and orange sapphires. In order to bring this model to fruition Audemars Piguet has utilised the know-how and talents of both craftspeople and watchmakers alike, perpetuating the Manufacture’s reputation for uncompromising craftsmanship.

The 18-carat pink gold diamond-set case features 138 brilliant-cut diamonds (〜2.62 carats). The matching bracelet is embellished with a further 472 brilliant-cut diamonds (〜4.62 carats). In addition, the dial incorporates 466 brilliant cut orange sapphires (〜3.18 carats), with 11 different shades from dark in the centre to pale near the periphery and a seamless transition in tone.

This model also features pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. A slender centre seconds hand along with a date indication adjacent the crown completes the inventory of functions.

At the heart of this watch is the Manufacture’s latest selfwinding movement, calibre 4302, visible via the glareproofed sapphire caseback. This movement is equipped with an openworked 22-carat

pink gold oscillating weight, harnessing the motion of the wearer’s wrist to power the watch. The movement embraces hand-finishing, typical of Haute Horlogerie.

This gem-set version of the Royal Oak unites precious stones and fine watchmaking in a free-spirited design which encompasses the many skills practised in Le Brassus.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Royal Oak Selfwinding // 41 mm

15502OR.ZZ.1222OR.01

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date.

CASE

Diamond-set 18-carat pink gold case and bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50 m.

DIAL

18-carat pink gold dial set with graded orange sapphires, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

BRACELET

Diamond-set 18-carat pink gold bracelet (except satin-brushed links) with AP folding clasp.

SETTING

610 brilliant-cut diamonds                               〜 7.24 carats (case and bracelet)

466 brilliant-cut sapphires                               〜 3.18 carats (dial)

MOVEMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 4302

Total diameter                                                             32 mm (14 lignes)

Total thickness                                                                        4.8 mm

Number of jewels                                                                    32

Number of parts                                                                      257

Minimum guaranteed power reserve             70 hours

Frequency of balance wheel                                      4Hz (28,800 vph)

About Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Based in Le Brassus since 1875, the company has nurtured generations of talented craftspeople who have continuously developed new skills and techniques, broadening their savoir-faire to set rule-breaking trends. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, Audemars Piguet has created numerous masterpieces, testament to the Manufacture’s ancestral craftsmanship and forward-thinking spirit. Sharing its passion and savoir-faire with watch enthusiasts worldwide through the language of emotions, Audemars Piguet has established enriching exchanges among fields of creative practices and fostered an inspired community. Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world.

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