Back in 2016, the Double Balance Wheel Openworked hit the market. It featured an entirely new caliber and a hand-finished, openworked double balance wheel mechanism. The Audemars Piguet Replica was first released in a 41mm case that was either stainless steel or rose gold, and now the hand-finished caliber 3132 is available in a white gold case measuring 37mm. But that’s not it.
As usual, Audemars Piguet Best Swiss Watches is introducing a lot of new products. While doing something new with an existing movement isn’t exactly groundbreaking, it is awesome that a major brand such as AP wants to offer such a cool movement in different sizes. This size the sweet spot for many of us, and while Frosted might not be your thing, it’s all about choices.
I think this is fantastic. A Frosted Gold watch with the double balance wheel openworked movement? Sign. Me. Up. Much like the AAA Audemars Piguet Replica Van Cleef and Arpels Planétarium and Romain Gauthier Insight MicropRotor Lady, this is up there as a cool ladies’ timepiece that is both beautiful and technically intriguing.
Model: Frosted Gold Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Case Material: Frosted white gold
Indexes: Applied rose gold hour markers
Lume: On hands and hour markers
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Integrated Royal Oak bracelet in frosted white gold
Caliber: Caliber 3132
Functions: Hours, minutes, and center seconds, with double balance wheel
Power Reserve: 45 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz
There are few watches more classic than the original 1972 AAA Audemars Piguet Replica Royal Oak. That slim, stainless steel sport watch’s most direct modern descendent is the so-called “Jumbo” Royal Oak, which has a 39mm case coming in at just 8.1mm thick. The watch you see here shares those dimensions – and looks almost exactly the same at first glance – but is actually crafted from a mix of titanium and platinum. The watch’s case and the large bracelet sections are brushed titanium, while the bezel and smaller bracelet links are polished platinum. The result is a subtle contrast between the tones and finishes of the white metals, creating Audemars Piguet Replica Watches that offers much more than it first appears to.
This isn’t the first time Audemars Piguet has used these two metals together. In fact, last year the brand offered up two different watches in the combination, the Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin and the Audemars Piguet Replica Royal Oak Chronograph. I wrote fondly of those back then, and I stand by my assessment. The “two-tone” combo works really well, especially with the blue dial chosen for this latest watch, which appears to have a slightly different effect than that of the standard Jumbo. Creating meaningful variations on a classic without disrupting the qualities that make it special in the first place is difficult, but Audemars Piguet Best Swiss Watches clearly knows what they’re doing.
I’m into this watch. Like, really into this watch. From a distance, it would be possible for it to be mistaken for a completely ordinary Audemars Piguet Replica Watches, or, at best, a standard steel Jumbo. Strangers would have no idea that you’re actually sporting a rather unusual watch in a rarely seen combination of utilitarian and precious metals. It’s an everyday watch, but a very special everyday watch.