Today, you can have your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica in anything from 33mm to 44mm, quartz, manual or automatic, two handed, three handed or chronograph, gold, plain steel, titanium or even jewel-encrusted. And now Audemars Piguet has launched three new models; a three hander, a chronograph and a tourbillon two-hander. All very different watches but their lineage is indisputably Royal Oak – no paternity tests required.
There’s a distinctly green thing going on here, with each of The Most Exquisite Audemars Piguet Replica featuring various shades and textures. The two hander gets a smoked green dial, the chrono a classic Grande Tapisserie design and the tourbillons a sunburst design that AP calls ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ – both in, you guessed it, green.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Platinum Green Dial Ref 15202PT.OO
The new two-hander, snappily-titled Swiss Audemars Piguet Replica is definitely the insiders’ watch. Unless you’re sharp at telling platinum from stainless or carry around an Audemars Piguet reference book, you’d probably not give it a second glance.
The fumé dial isn’t high gloss à la Moser, but instead uses a sunburst etch along with the colour on the surface. The hand-applied hour markers are lume-filled white gold – as are the hands. There’s an AP logo just above 6, fixed through the dial by two tiny pins. It’s a simple dial, but all the better for it. The only departure from symmetry is the date over at 3.
Inside, Audemars Piguet Replica Watches use the Calibre 2121. Designed in the 1970s, this movement’s family is still home to the thinnest date full-rotor automatics you can buy. Mind you, the Calibre 2121 is hardly the bruiser of the bunch at just 3.05mm.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26331BA.02
Next up is the Luxury Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 26331BA.OO.1220BA.02 Replica. It’s not exactly a shouty watch, but by comparison with the understated Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Platinum Green Dial it’s pretty striking. To start with, the case material is different; an 18ct yellow gold case and bracelet this time. If you don’t fancy the workout of lugging an 18ct bracelet around, that’s fine.
There’s a LOT more going on on the Chronograph’s dial, with chrono centre seconds, hours, a 30-minute counter and a running seconds. Yet, despite the potential for busyness, especially with a date fitted at an angle just above 5 o’clock, the watch doesn’t look cluttered or over-functioned.
The movement for the Replica Watches USA is the AP cal. 2385, a 37 jewel, 40 hour calibre beating at 21,600 vph. It’s another skinny minnie at just 5.5mm thick. It’s a bit of a surprise not to see the new cal. 4400 movement powering the Chronograph, particularly as the tourbillons use the 11.59’s cal. 2950, but the Royal Oak watches have been running the cal. 2385 for years, so if it ain’t broke…