Audemars Piguet : A novel AP take on the perpetual calendar

Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

Case : steel or 18K pink gold, sapphire back, water-resistant to 20m Movement : mechanical self-winding (Caliber 5134, 40h power reserve), 374  components Functions : hours, minutes, day, date, month, week, leap years, astronomical moon phases Dial : white or blue with Grande Tapisserie motif Bracelet : steel or pink gold, folding clasp

The brand from Le Brassus that delights in breaking rules presents a masterful new perpetual calendar in its Royal Oak, featuring a slightly larger case since 2012 and available here in pink gold or steel, framing a night blue or snow white dial. It thus becomes much easier to read off the multiple indications provided by a perpetual calendar (day, date, month and leap years) as well as an astronomical moon-phase display. This user friendliness is all the more appreciable in that this new 2015 model welcomes an additional time measurement on the outer bezel ring, swept over by a central hand pointing to the 52 weeks of the year. The Haute Horlogerie finishes on the new self-winding caliber powering the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is revealed through the back of this concentrated blend of mechanical and aesthetic expertise, interpreted in a blue and gold version that entirely absorbs attention and dissolves any notion of time.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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