Aude­mars Piguet

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY MELISSA LIM

Ce­ramic on a Royal Oak is cer­tainly not new to the draw­ing boards at Aude­mars Piguet; how­ever, with the Royal Oak Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar, this is the first time the ma­te­rial has been ex­tended to the bracelet as well. The per­pet­ual cal­en­dar func­tion is much rev­ered in the in­dus­try, as well as the brand, and was in­tro­duced by Aude­mars Piguet in 1955 in an all-yel­low gold ver­sion. This all-black 2017 ver­sion in handfin­ished black ce­ramic comes in a con­fi­dently sized 41mm case, and in­di­cates day, date, month, astro­nom­i­cal moon, week of the year and leap year. The Grande Tapis­serie dial lends a clas­sic touch, and the cal­iber 5134 is vis­i­ble through the glare­proofed sap­phire crys­tal case back. The ce­ramic, on the other hand, can with­stand high tem­per­a­tures and ther­mal blows, there­fore al­low­ing it to age well, and re­quires 30 hours of work ver­sus the stan­dard six it takes to pro­duce a steel bracelet.

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