The Royal Oak Concept Replica was the collection of choice for haute horlogerie brand Audemars Piguet for its offerings for men in 2018. The marque has added numerous complications, such as a Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin and a Flying Tourbillon GMT, to its iconic collection.
Audemars Piguet Grandes Complications combine a minute repeater, a chronograph with split second function, and a perpetual calendar with moonphase indication. Each of them is made by a single watchmaker from beginning to end. The skills and heritage that go into their creation imbues the whole Manufacture, where the passion for making complications spills over into all Audemars Piguet timepieces.
Two time-honoured Audemars Piguet specialties – complications and ultra-thin models – meet in the AAA Audemars Piguet Replica Royal Oak RD#2. It took the brand five years to develop the new ultra-thin 5133 calibre with perpetual calendar. The challenge was to re-engineer a three-storey movement into a single level, making it ultra-thin while combining and re-arranging functions to boost ergonomy, efficiency, and robustness. This patented system features a record-shattering 2.89 mm central rotor. At just 6.30 mm, the redesigned case shaves almost 2 mm off the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Jumbo, making the Royal Oak RD#2, the thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar on the market today.
This new generation of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Replica includes a flying tourbillon for the first time and offers new movement and dial animations. The flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock features the same power reserve and frequency as the previous Royal Oak Concept GMT model. Central bridges, formerly made of ceramic, have been replaced with sandblasted black titanium bridges highlighted by pink gold-toned polished angles. The HNR selection indicator, previously represented by a hand, has been replaced with a disc for better integration into the new movement aesthetics. Finally, the dial is made of sandblasted titanium and applied pink gold-toned inserts for a new, more faceted architecture.
The 45 mm case – a first for the Best Swiss Audemars Piguet Replica – gives these pieces a very robust feel. It houses a brand-new technical movement design that embodies Audemars Piguet’s expertise and bold approach. Used previously in Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronographs, the movement has been entirely reimagined exclusively for the occasion. With a new architectural construction featuring sandblasted titanium bridges and satin-brushed chamfered edges, the movement looks as if it were suspended from the bezel.
The new 44 mm stainless steel AAA Replica Watches appears for the first time with a khaki ceramic bezel, pushpieces, and screw-locked crown as well as camouflage strap option.The new 44 mm Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complications feature ceramic pushpieces and crowns, pushpiece guards, cases, and case backs. Sporting a high-tech, metal look, the Black ceramic version is reinforced with yttrium oxide, making it seven times harder than steel.
The Royal Oak Offshore Best Swiss Watches collection appeared as a larger, more rugged sibling of the Royal Oak in 1993. Since then, with a solid global fan base, it has become a platform for innovation, constantly evolving into many different versions.