The past year has seen Audemars Piguet (Instagram) release a stunning series of novelties. Additions to famed lines, unique designs, intriguing collabs and more have appeared to refresh, invigorate and drive the Swiss firm ever forward. Take a tour of watchmaking par excellence.
In a bold and unexpected move, renowned watchmaker Audemars Piguet has joined forces with fashion brand 1017 ALYX 9SM to create an extraordinary collection of timepieces. Breaking away from tradition, these watches offer a unique blend of luxury and avant-garde fashion.
The Audemars Piguet x 1017 ALYX 9SM collection introduces four exceptional Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore watches. While these timepieces step away from tradition into a more minimalist design, there’s an undeniable allure to their sleek looks. The watches take an almost industrial approach, devoid of conventional display elements, focusing instead on materials and textures. The result is a captivating departure from the norm, inspired by the vision of designer Matthew Williams.
Audemars Piguet has also unveiled the first 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding in white ceramic. This remarkable timepiece demonstrates the brand’s commitment to innovation. Ceramic presents unique manufacturing challenges due to its incredible strength. Audemars Piguet’s dedication to excellence is evident in the satin-finished case with brushed chamfers, showcasing their mastery.
The watch features a silvered Grande Tapisserie dial with pink gold applied hour-markers and luminescent Royal Oak hands. The caseback, also in pink gold, reveals the Calibre 5800, specifically designed for the Royal Oak 34 mm.
Audemars Piguet’s historical affinity for stone dials resurfaces with the introduction of the Royal Oak Selfwinding 37mm in 18k yellow gold with a turquoise dial. This watch boasts a dial crafted from turquoise stone, a material with a rich history dating back over 3,000 years. The combination of 18k yellow gold and turquoise makes for a truly distinctive timepiece, a departure from the classic “tapisserie” Royal Oak watches.
The introduction of Selfwinding Chronographs with stunning gem-set designs breathes more than a little sparkle into the Audemars Piguet lineup. These additions redefine contemporary aesthetics, with a revamped Lady Tapisserie motif and a redesigned AP monogram seamlessly integrated into the watch’s design. Gemset bezels take center stage, with models featuring brilliant-cut diamonds and colorful baguette-cut gemstones. New dial colors, including light blue, royal blue, black, and salmon, further elevate the collection’s allure.
Finally, Audemars Piguet has introduced a new 38 mm case size to their iconic Code 11.59 collection, aligning with the trend towards slimmer case sizes. The two new models maintain the collection’s distinctive design codes, featuring an octagonal middle case, a slim bezel, and lugs that seamlessly blend with the caseback. The first model features a dynamic purple dial complemented by a matching strap, while the second exudes a more understated yet brilliantly radiant ivory aesthetic. The Code 11.59 collection continues to evolve with style.
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