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Extraordinary Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph

Huge watch and car collector GMK001 ‘The Aberrant’ of Monaco, is wearing one of his latest timepieces: The extraordinary 41mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph in 18k pink gold, featuring a chocolate-brown dial with Grande Tapisserie” pattern and bigger chronograph counters, also hour markers, for better readability.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph was first introduced in 1972. It has since earned a reputation as being one of the globe’s most remarkable high-end timepieces. This instantly recognizable timepiece is also known for its porthole-shaped casing and visible screws.

The watchmakers have lauded the concept for its solid build, reliability, and accuracy. However, the qualities that have earned it a status as reliable sports watch appropriate for high-impact situations that won’t let users down whenever they need it most. Of course, this classic item is equally at home in a more relaxing situation. It’s all thanks to its sleek and sophisticated design, which makes it a fantastic dress piece.

The Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak Selfwinding case is composed of 18k pink gold and measures 41 mm in diameter. It also features a glare-proofed sapphire crystal as well as a screw-locked crown. This casing is just 11 mm thick and has a 50-meter waterproofness rating.

Furthermore, there are 3 subdials on the dial; the second hand is at 6 o’clock, whereas the Chrono dials are at 3 and 9 o’clock. In other words, the second display, or what is the second hand in a non-chronograph type watch, is used to determine the time. Pink gold, as well as luminance, are also applied to the index markings. All around the rim, there are small markings.

After turning off the lights, you’ll see that the hourly markings glow beautifully in the dark, as does the minute and hour display. Then there is the matter of turning the lights back on.  Illuminated hands and index hour markings are on a chocolate brown ‘Grande Tapisserie’ dial. At 4 and 5 o’clock, the date display shows.

When it comes to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding bracelet, it is likewise constructed of 18 karats of pink gold. Besides, it is polished on the exterior edges and high polished on the angles and all inner sections. This gives it a very gleaming appearance. The clasp is a double deployment AP clasp that is convenient to wear on smaller wrists because of the tighter fitting. Bracelet also features a hidden double folding clasp.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding caliber 2385 movement measures 26.22 mm in diameter and 11.5 lines on the balancing wheel. It also features 3 Hertz or 21,600 vph, 37 jewels, monoblock in 18 karat gold, an annular balanced spring with bidirectional mechanical winding, comprising 304 parts inside, with a power reserve of up to 40 hours. Therefore, bear in mind that if you ever put this piece down, pick it up the next day, ideally in the afternoon or just before 48 hours, to ensure it keeps accurate time.

Price market: $165,000.00 USD
Reference: 26331OR.OO.1220OR.02

Photo: George Maroun Kikano

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