Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Watches Hands-On
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked watch (debuted here) was the first timepiece I was drawn to at SIHH 2016. Audemars Piguet offered a truly dizzying array of new watches at the show, and of course, their iconic Royal Oak collection received a lot of the attention in the form of mostly very high-end new models. One of the very few new Royal Oak watches in steel was nevertheless quite high-end in the Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked - and, of course, it also comes in 18k pink gold. Given the amount of metal in the Royal Oak case and bracelet, the difference in price between the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked in steel and in pink gold is certainly not inconsequential, at about $30,000. A Royal Oak with a skeletonized dial is further very different looking from a Royal Oak with a more traditional ”Mega Tapisserie” dial - so this type of artistic dial execution makes the entire composition of the timepiece feel highly distinct, even for those familiar with wearing Royal Oak watches.