Watch enthusiasts are more or less accustomed to dialogue with relatives and friends who do not like the passion of watches: it is mainly to explain, encourage, justify, and sometimes even argue about the fact that different watches are needed on different occasions. On the one hand, this is completely correct, but on the other hand, there are also excellent timepieces that not only cover every situation in life, but actually enrich life. The first evidence is: Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak automatic winding perpetual calendar ultra-thin watch (Ref. 26586IP.OO.1240IP.01).
This long name may seem absurd, but it says almost everything. It’s the “Royal Oak” after all. Although there is no doubt that the terms “iconic” and “legendary” have been widely used, there is no doubt that the “Royal Oak” series designed by Gerald Genta is absolutely extraordinary. The octagonal case had a major impact on the entire industry, and finally established a niche market for luxury sports watches. To this day, it is still one of the most popular watch series in the world.
In other words, it is wrong to simply call the new model a sports watch. Although it has the sporty appearance of the classic “Royal Oak”, it can only be waterproofed to 20 meters due to its exquisite structure and internal parts.
You can wear it with jeans and a plain white T-shirt, but it also works well with a dress watch in a custom suit. But, unfortunately, due to its 6.3 mm case height, it almost disappears under the sleeve. This watch is too exciting to hide-after all, the world record holder has no reason to hide.
This “Royal Oak” is currently the thinnest perpetual calendar in the world. It is a mass production model of the RD#2 prototype since 2018, although the details are very different. To improve readability, the brand now uses a blue satin finish instead of the classic Royal-Oak-tapisserie-dial. Depending on the incidence of light, the shadow of the dial changes from dark blue to bright blue.
RD#2 is made entirely of platinum, while the new case and bracelet are mainly made of titanium. Only the links of the bezel and bracelet are made of platinum, which makes the watch lighter and more comfortable to wear.
The long-distance runner (with a 40-hour power reserve) is powered by the 5133 self-winding movement. The structure height of the movement of 2.89 mm once again proves Audemars Piguet’s outstanding achievements in the field of perpetual calendars and ultra-precision calendars. Thin movements.
In 1921, the Watch House introduced the world’s thinnest pocket watch with a movement height of only 1.32 mm. In 1955, it produced the 5516 watch, which was the first watch with a perpetual calendar and leap year display. In 1978, AP introduced the thinnest automatic watch equipped with a perpetual calendar with a movement of only 3.95 mm. In the past few years, the Royal-Oak-Perpetual-Calendar model with a ceramic case (moving height of 9.5 mm) has been sought after by collectors and dealers.
The new ultra-thin “Royal Oak” is by no means inferior to its predecessor, on the contrary. The integration of the perpetual calendar into such a small amount of space is not only impressive but also intoxicating. In the final analysis, this is the idea of a watch, which can display the precise date across generations while overcoming the obstacles brought by the ultra-thin movement.
discount replica watches are rarely both poetic and technically sophisticated at the same time. When a movement of this size is produced, there is almost no scope. No remaining space is left, and the manufacture of each component is as delicate and durable as possible.
In the past few decades, due to technological innovations in the field of mechanical engineering, the manufacturing possibilities of such components have been greatly improved. The use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) has made an important contribution to this. The process involves inserting space-saving gaps for components into the motherboard. Similarly, the “Royal Oak” dial is not only decorative, but also the most important part of the overall structure of the perpetual calendar.
Two special structures have been specially produced and applied for patents, thus obtaining the world record of the new movement 5133: the month-end cam has been integrated into the date wheel, and the month cam has been connected to the moon wheel. All the perpetual calendar functions of the model are compressed to one level instead of three different levels, which is the result of five years of development.
With a diameter of 41 mm, the “Royal Oak” case can be worn comfortably on almost any wrist. In other words, the octagonal design of this slim model makes it look larger than the 41 mm you expect. Thanks to the sub-index for dates, dates and months, it is actually easier to read than the classic perpetual calendar in the collection. Because of its sophisticated design, there are rumors circulating among collectors about how to match a charming and diverse sports watch with a perpetual calendar.
Patek Philippe Ref. Ref. Elegance, unrestrained, the highest watchmaking complexity combined with brand prestige. The 5740 became a symbol of ultimate status and eventually inspired the aforementioned Audemars Piguet ceramic watch.
They are awesome watches. At first glance, the simple fact that it is the “Royal Oak” is impressive. However, at first glance, it shows that it is the best and most exquisite “Royal Oak”, as long as you have the money and patience, you can use it to buy. A exact replica watches will always be suitable for any occasion.