One of my undisputed top choice wrist watches, ever, is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. I have several them and wound up with the reference 15202 ‘Jumbo’. One of the models I had and still love till this day, is their Royal Oak Chronograph. This year, Audemars Piguet is really praising the 20th commemoration of the Royal Oak Chronograph.
1997 – 2017 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
What began as the 39mm Royal Oak Chronograph reference 25860, is today their reference 26331. In 2012, only a couple a long time after the introduced reference 26300, Audemars Piguet accomplished something definitely. They expanded the case distance across up to 41mm and did some little changes to the dial. One of them being a to some degree bigger typography on the dial (not something I especially extravagant, but rather many would oppose this idea). This was introduced as the 26320. A wonderful assortment of these new 41mm models will be introduced to us at the SIHH 2017 this week.
Inside, not a lot changed. Audemars Piguet utilizes the F. Piguet chronograph development (with irritating moment creep issue) for this watch and named it AP type 2385. It is a section wheel development that is being utilized by different other (very good quality) marks also. In spite of the fact that we’ve been guaranteed by certain watchmakers that this is a delightful development, and a devoted chronograph (not a piggy-sponsorship development as the ROOs have) too, we actually might want to see an in-house chronograph development from AP eventually. Particularly at the cost purpose of these pieces.
For the 20th commemoration, Audemars Piguet zeroed in fundamentally on the feel. New dials with expanded size of the sub dials, short however more extensive hour markers and a re-found date window. On top of that all, Audemars Piguet added some brilliant covering to the hour markers for better coherence. The pink gold models are accessible on pink gold wristband, yet in addition with a strap.
Later on, we will bring you more explicit insights concerning this watch, including a few pictures we took ourselves.