The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a favorite of watch collectors, and for good reason. Designed in 1970 by one of the most prolific and talented watch designers in modern history, Gerald Genta, it features an octagonal bezel fixed with eight screws, inspired by the shape of a vintage diving helmet. It’s comfortable, it’s exceedingly confident in its design, it’s modern looking, and it’s premium as all hell. What else could you want from a wristwatch?
Having released an all-black ceramic model of the perpetual calendar version of the Royal Oak back in 2017, AP has now brought forth an all-white version, and it’s pretty wild looking. As pure ceramic is too brittle a material to work with, the entire watch, including the bracelet, is fashioned out of a composite material formed with ceramic and metal. The watch features multiple finishes, including brushed and polished edges, and a beautiful “Grand Tapisserie” dial with silver sub-dials and white gold hands.
The new Royal Oak also features a 41mm x 9.5mm case with 20 bar of water resistance via a screw-down crown and glareproof sapphire crystal, and the perpetual calendar functions and timekeeping are powered by the AP automatic cal. 5134 movement with 40-hour power reserve. Pricing for the new white ceramic model is $93,900.
Gear Patrol also recommends:
JLC Master Ultra Thin Perpetual ($20,300)
Patek Philippe 5212A Weekly Calendar ($29,500)
Girard Perregaux Laureato Perpetual Calendar (~$34,206)
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