This blog, unlike the rest of our blogs, will be more about what we do not know rather than what we do know. Interesting, isn’t it? We will be talking about the newly globally made available Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar which was previously a ‘Japan-only’ model.
Limited Edition – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
The first 150 timepieces were reserved exclusively for the Japanese watch market. The first 100 timepieces out of these were sold exclusively through the Japanese retailer Yoshida Watch Store. Since travel to Japan is off the table as of now, it is a very intelligent move by Swiss Haute Horlogerie powerhouse Audemars Piguet.
What We Know
As far as we know, the timepieces are crafted and assembled by an alite group of Audemars Piguet watchmakers. Overall, the watch looks like any other Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar except for the fact that it possesses a salmon dial and a titanium case as well as bracelet.
On the dial side, we can see the day, the date, the week, the month, the astronomical moon, the leap year, and of course, the hour and minute displays. There are no seconds though. Instead, the longer, slender-looking central hand points to a time of the week display.
Things get even better behind the dial. The movement powering the watch is audemars Piguet’s very own 5134 Caliber. The movement debuted in 2015. It is essentially a worked upon Caliber 2120, which was launched in the year 1967 and still the world’s thinnest full-rotor self-winding mechanism.
40 hours’ worth of power reserve and a calm as well as reassuring 19,800 vph frequency. The water resistance stands at 20 metres. Although this is a figure not worth boasting about, it is still something for those who think its good to have a sports watch on their wrist.
What We Understand
Audemars Piguet and its decision to make region specific watches is nothing new. The brand has done it time and again. We have seen the 88-piece titanium Ref. 26609TI.OO.1220TI.01 (Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Limited Edition) and the stunning platinum, black-dialed Ref. 26597PT.OO.1220PT.01 (Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar In Platinum for Japan) that was released in merely 20 pieces.
These watches usually disappear without anyone even knowing. That is the protocol Audemars Piguet chooses to follow. The difference in this release, however, is the volume of the pieces released. None of the earlier launches went over the 100 pieces mark but Ref. 26615TI.OO.1220TI.01 stands at 300!
Getting Into The Details
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition watch is 41 mm wide in diameter and is made of titanium (case as well as bracelet). The timepiece has a salmon dial, the indexes are applied, and have luminescent paint on them. The water resistance is at 20 meters.
On the movement front, the watch powered by the Caliber 5134, a self-winding movement with 40 hours of power reserve. The movement consists of a perpetual calendar with week, day, and date displays, an astronomical moon phase, and month, leap year, hours and minutes displays.