Available In The Shop: The Limited Edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak QEII CupBy Kevin Cureau
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When it comes to timepieces from Audemars Piguet, some would say that the Royal Oak has been the core model since its release in 1972. While most collectors and enthusiasts work to try and secure an example of the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Ref. 15202, there are other models and sizes worth paying attention to. Due to the design of the case, it is also worth noting that Royal Oak watches always wear larger than their indicated sizes.
As such, one of the most under-appreciated models is the mid-sized 37mm version of the Royal Oak currently available in Audemars Piguet’s collection; and with the popularity of the vintage mid-sized 36mm Royal Oak Ref. 14790 rising rapidly, the modern mid-sized Royal Oak provides a great alternative for those looking at purchasing a modern versatile watch.
The present watch we have is the limited edition Royal Oak Ref. 15453IP released in 2017 in a run of 200 pieces to commemorate the QEII Cup horse race.
Immediately, people will notice the exquisite, diamond-studded appearance of the watch. 40 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 0.92 carat are set on the 950 platinum bezel of this impressive Royal Oak, while diamonds are also used for the applied hour markers on the Rhodium-toned dial. The dial also features the maison’s famous “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, and all this works to create a delightful shimmering effect on the timepiece.
To make the watch even more comfortable and wearable, for both men and women, the sleek 37mm case is made of titanium just like the bracelet with polished 950 platinum inter-links.
Powering the watch is the trusted in-house Caliber 3120 beating at 3.00 Hz and giving the watch a comfortable 60 hours of power reserve.
All in all, with its striking appearance to match its impressive lightness, this superb limited edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 15453IP made in 200 pieces, is a truly elegant piece which any watch connoisseur would be proud to own.