Audemars Piguet is about to ring in the Lunar New Year with a version of their Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, for the first time ever, in all titanium.
The present generation of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar was introduced 2015. It featured the all new caliber AP 5134, based directly on its predecessor, the Calibre 2120. Impressively the 2120 was an ultra-thin calibre that remained in production for just about three decades. The primary difference between the 2120 and the later, 5134 is the inclusion of a week indicator.
This generation of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar has since helped usher in the resurgence of a desire for yellow gold, it has seen the birth of the first fully black ceramic Royal Oak with a black ceramic bracelet and, most recently, in the same black ceramic case and bracelet, the open-worked variation of the calibre 5134, the calibre 5135.
From yellow gold, to black ceramic — even white ceramic in 2019 — it is quite surprising that AP has yet to put the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in the modem metal of choice, titanium.
Trouble is, now that they finally have, the watch is marked as a limited edition, to be made available exclusively in China. And, only 88 pieces to be produced.
The watch is reminiscent of the 2018 platinum Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar (20 pieces) with the black dial. Except, of course, here the metal used is titanium and that the dial is slate grey than the black.
Interestingly, the press release from Audemars Piguet states that the fully titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar for China, was made in collaboration with powerhouse AP collector, Austen Chu, better known to #WatchFam by his Instagram handle, @horoloupe.
Speaking about the watch he’s helped create, Austen shares, “this watch embodies both tradition and modernity, prospering in tandem with craftsmanship. We chose to contrast the gunmetal titanium with the dark-red week indicator with matching straps, incorporating my Chinese heritage into the piece. Being able to collaborate with AP is a truly fun and eye opening experience.”
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I’m extremely proud to announce my collaboration with @audemarspiguet ❤ Today marks the most important day in my horological journey thus far, by a mile. From a little boy in grade school staring at a Royal Oak in a store window fantasizing about owning one day, to actually collaborating on the @audemarspiguet Royal Oak China Limited Edition is simply a dream come true. Not only is this the first fully titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ever made, but it is also amongst the lightest Royal Oak’s ever made, weighing in at 104 grams with the bracelet on. Limited to 88 pieces, the first has been auctioned to charity, with all proceeds going towards environmental relief in China. Words cannot describe how I am feeling right now - grateful, humbled, happy, fulfilled... and also excited to be taking over @audemarspiguet ‘s Instagram tonight, so see you there shortly! Finally, I would like to thank everyone that has been part of my watch collecting journey, and most of all, I would like to thank @audemarspiguet for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime. #PowerOfRed #AudemarsPiguet #horoloupe #SHwatchgang
Keeping to the theme of Lunar New Year, the week indicator hand on the watch is in red. Further keeping to trend, the watch will come supplied with a red rubber strap and a grey alligator strap, with red stitching. But it’s safe to assume that the most popular choice will be to wear it on the titanium Royal Oak bracelet.
Selfwinding perpetual calendar Calibre 5134; perpetual calendar with week indication, day, date, astronomical moon, month, leap year, hours and minutes; 40-hour power reserve
41mm in titanium; water resistant to 20m
Titanium bracelet with AP folding clasp; additional grey alligator strap and red rubber strap