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Aude­mars Piguet showed us a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing new watches this year. First, there was a fol­low-up to the very suc­cess­ful Di­a­mond Punk cuff re­leased in 2015. Called Di­a­mond Fury, it is a stun­ning over-half-a-mil­lion-dol­lar haute joail­lerie time­piece, which the com­pany calls “21st cen­tury fully-pavéd ar­mour”. Then there is the re­turn of the yel­low gold Royal Oaks (with just the higher end mod­els for now, such as the 63,400 USD Chrono­graph and 95,700 USD Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar). We say re­turn be­cause the 18-karat yel­low gold Royal Oak ac­tu­ally de­buted in 1977 yet some­how hasn’t been a part of the cur­rent line-up, till now. Fi­nally, there’s AP’S lat­est con­cept watch, an ul­tra-light ti­ta­nium Royal Oak Su­per­son­nerie. The point of these builtto-or­der time­pieces is that they serve as a test­bed of in­no­va­tion and sci­en­tific ad­vance­ment. And with in­ven­tive gongs, case con­struc­tion and reg­u­la­tor, this new one has been pre­cisely made to bring an un­prece­dented acous­tic per­for­mance and re­fined sound to the chimes of the tra­di­tional minute re­peater. It’s such an im­pres­sive watch, it’ll prob­a­bly win an ar­ray of horol­ogy awards this year.

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