This RO Perpetual Calendar Exclusive Edition comes in a glamorous shade of purple, discreetly set with baguette-cut diamonds and cased in white gold.
Color has played a decisive role in the world of watches this year, and any article we write about colored watches will invariably mention Audemars Piguet. No stranger to bold colours, this year the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, completely encased in blue ceramic, made it into the top five colorful 2022 collections. Today we have another brightly colored 41mm white gold model with a purple Grand Tapisserie dial and a diamond-set bezel described as “purple” and as you can see from the pictures, this Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar The color on the dial is warmer and more charming, close to burgundy purple.
More than a decade after launching the iconoclastic luxury Royal Oak in steel in 1972, Audemars Piguet presents a Royal Oak with a perpetual calendar complication. From 1948, the brand’s ref. 5516, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar (also known as 5554 and 25554 from 1985), follows design cues from earlier models, with month indicator at noon, date at 3 o’clock and running seconds And moon phase display at 6 o’clock position and day indication at 9 o’clock position. The RO QP, a staple of the collection, was improved in 2015 with a larger case size, a sportier 41mm case size, and a day display. Not to be confused with the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin The former record holder for the world’s thinnest perpetual calendar, the ‘regular’ perpetual calendar has come in an all-ceramic case – blue, black (skeletonized) and white – titanium The case and model, with the iconic “Night Blue, Cloud 50” dial color, pay homage to the original 1972 model in stainless steel and rose gold.
Audemars Piguet cheap is fearless when it comes to color, and purple, we admit, is not an easy color to pull off. In 2018, it launched the RO Ultra-Thin Tourbillon with a bright purple dial, followed a year later by the RO Chronograph with a brushed white gold case and an equally gorgeous purple dial. This latest RO Perpetual Calendar features a purple Grand Tapisserie dial that stands out from the crowd. That’s very positive in our view.
Much closer to burgundy or mulled wine, I used the color matching tool to see which Pantone colors were used, and selected Pantone 195 C and Pantone 5125 as potential matches. Obviously, this is just speculation, as there’s nothing like seeing a watch in metal, but this is clearly a different shade of purple than the one used on the aforementioned model.
This rare shade of purple is used liberally throughout the dial, including the calendar counters. To accentuate the purple counters, these are set with rhodium-plated circles and reveal smooth and snailed areas with white markers that complement the classic Grand Tapisserie pattern on the dial. As with all models since the facelift in 2015, the day of the week is printed on a sloped flange and indicated by an arrow-headed hand. The calendar function arranges the month and leap year at noon, the date at 3 o’clock, the moon phase at 6 o’clock and the day of the week at 9 o’clock. Platinum applied hour markers and white gold Royal Oak hands are treated with luminescent light.
The latest 41mm Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is housed in an 18k white gold case and is just 9.5mm thick. Paired with a matching white gold bracelet, the white gold case and bracelet are hand-finished with satin-brushed and polished chamfers. The watch also comes with two additional black and purple rubber straps. Another notable feature of this model is the diamond-set white gold bezel, which still shows the eight visible hex screws, an important character trait of the Royal Oak. The signature octagonal bezel is set with 32 baguette-cut diamonds (what we consider to be the most masculine diamond cut) for an understated radiance.
AP’s in-house caliber 5134 is based on the famous ultra-thin caliber 2121. Measuring just 4.3 millimeters high, this automatic perpetual calendar movement beats at an unconventional frequency of 2.75 Hz and offers a relatively short 40-hour power reserve. Visible through the case back, the openworked 22k gold rotor displays double Grande Tapisserie decoration on its edge, with finishes including Côtes de Genève, perlage, circular satin and polished chamfers. If the watch is fully wound, the perpetual calendar will not need to be adjusted until 2100. replica men watches
Technical Specifications – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
Case: 41mm diameter x 9.5mm height – 18k white gold, brushed finish – anti-glare sapphire crystal front and case back – 20m water resistance
Dial: Purple Grande Tapisserie – Purple subdials – 18k white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating – Purple flange with day numerals
Movement: Caliber AP 5134, in-house – self-winding with central rotor – 29 mm x 4.3 mm – 38 jewels – 365 components – 2.75 Hz/19,800 vibrations/hour – 40 hours power reserve – hours, minutes, Perpetual calendar year with date, day of week, month, leap year, week number, moon phase
Bracelet/Strap: One-piece 18k white gold bracelet with brushed and polished finishes, AP folding clasp – two additional black and purple rubber straps