A ROYAL FIRST

GQ (Australia) - - WATCH -

Six hun­dred hours of re­search to de­velop a watch case (so Aude­mars Piguet claims) is no mean feat. But how is that bro­ken down? Well, when it comes to a matte black brushed ce­ramic case, it’s near im­pos­si­ble to break down. This orig­i­nal and ma­cho take on the leg­end that is the ‘Royal Oak Per­pet­ual Calendar’ is a far more com­plex spec­i­men than it may seem. Or­di­nar­ily, a stain­less steel ‘Royal Oak’ case and bracelet takes no more than six hours to ma­chine, pol­ish, hand-fin­ish and as­sem­ble. But for the ce­ramic bracelet? Try 30 hours. And it’s this kind of tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion, and fo­cus, that will con­tinue to drive one of the old­est Swiss watch­mak­ers into the fu­ture. Be­cause not ev­ery­one needs smart­watches to stay afloat. $123,000; au­de­mar­spiguet.com.au

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