In January of 2020, Audemars Piguet with our friend, Austen Chu (aka @horoloupe) launched the first ever fully titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, as a limited edition of 88 pieces. And today, the Le Brassus based brand is announcing a non-limited version of the titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar with a brand new face to go along.
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 was quite surprising that AP had yet to put the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in the modem metal of choice, titanium.
After the 2020 limited edition of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Titanium, the newly launched version is going to be much welcomed by collectors. The watch has a two-toned dial: a blue “Grande Tapisserie” primary dial with the subdials in a grey that matches the hue of the case and bracelet, both of which are forged in grade 5 titanium.
As great as the watch looks, best hold on to your wallets, unless you’re in the US. Because Audemars Piguet has included in today’s announcement that the timepiece will be launched in September, exclusively in the US, with limited availability in other countries starting as of October.
Movement: Self-winding Calibre 5134; perpetual calendar with week indication, day, date, astronomical moon, month, leap year, hours and minutes; minimum power reserve guaranteed 40 hours
Case & Dial: Titanium case, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 20m; blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, grey subdials, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, blue inner bezel.
Bracelet: Titanium bracelet with AP folding clasp
Price and availability: USD 80,000; timepiece will be launched in September in exclusivity for the United States, with limited availability in other countries as of October
More information: audemarspiguet.com