Blink, and you may overlook 2017’s subtle updates to the Royal Oak Chronograph collection, but to eagle-eyed Audemars Piguet royal oak chronograph rose gold replica watches fans, these could be considered important edits that bring a wholesome dose of modernity and maybe only some controversy to the classic spirit of the Swiss watch maker’s hottest sport watch — and we’re not just referring to the candy fresh bi-color’panda’ style dials.
Let’s back up a bit though to SIHH before this season, when AP had none, but a slew of new additions to the Royal Oak lineup — such as the show-stopping Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar with a whole ceramic bracelet. However there was a process to the Royal Oak insanity this year, as the Gerald Genta-designed icon happens to be celebrating its 40th anniversary since being first introduced in precious metal, and its 20th anniversary since coming to existence in three-register chronograph type in 1997.
In both years of support, the Royal Oak chronograph has seen a small number of iterations over the years (most recently back in 2012), but this time around, the edits in question are all about equipping the dial, boosting contrast and returning to the visual aesthetic that created the Royal Oak Chronograph a winner with fans in the first place. Most importantly, this describes 39mm references dating back to 2008 — where time, homage was being paid to even earlier vintage Royal Oak references, which makes these new chronographs almost an homage to an homage, but that is probably besides the point.
If you’ve already noted the new place of the date window, consider yourself one of an extreme minority that noticed its subtle change closer to the 5:00 index — a forced relocation as a result of this bigger 3:00 sub-dial, along with a further disruption to the overall symmetry (if the incoming variant’s date window at 4:30 could be known as’symmetrical’). Happily though, it is subtle at worst, and likely to go unnoticed by all but a few.
The prevalence of this Royal Oak Offshore diver is very likely to blame for the third change in query, which presents a slightly broader, more luminous used hour markers. The same as the larger registers, this update aimed to enhance overall legibility, and generate a sportier, more aesthetic aesthetic. Unfortunately, this also comes perhaps partially at the cost of the understated elegance that’s described the Royal Oak Chronograph for the previous two decades. What’s more, the collective tweaks finally introduce a higher degree of asymmetry that might be a bit jarring to fans who prefer the slick indices and balance of their Royal Oak Chronograph’s present iteration.
But talking of that look, as anticipated, the instances themselves exhibit Audemars’ exemplary completing (an eight-stage process including many hours of cutting, sandblasting, lapping, polishing, and varnishing), and are paired with that”Grand Tapisserie” waffled dial, still cut utilizing a century-old pantograph machine. But unless you had them both together in the exact same area, on the wrist, then the general aesthetic and sporting experience of the 2017 chronographs is in accord with the outgoing variations, which are a joy to wear. Ultimately, the most immediately noticeable change is the new’panda’ look, which will be an undeniably excellent update, and one that should otherwise prove very popular with Royal Oak lovers new and old.
Stainless steel case variants (such as this mention 26331ST. For those who believe the Royal Oak is best presented in precious metal, Audemars Piguet royal oak chronograph tourbillon fake watch is also producing the newest chronographs in solid rose gold, which can be found in two dial options: brown or blue, each with the choice of a solid gold necklace or fitting alligator leather strap.