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All the New Releases from AP Social Club Day One

There's some of the best Royal Oak's Audemars Piguet have ever released at the AP Social Club event. ...

While we should be used to Audemars Piguet releasing yet another Royal Oak but this time around they’ve put out a few things that are sure to be a grail for many people (at least people who already own a few grails). The 37mm yellow-gold and Tiffany-adjacent blue dial Selfwinding Royal Oak could perhaps generate as much hype as the Tiffany dial Nautilus, though that definitely could just be us getting overexcited. We won’t get into detail about every watch released today but we will leave specifications and images for all the releases. 

Royal Oak Selfwinding 37mm

All images credited to Audemars Piguet

It’s not a straight-up copy of the Tiffany dial thanks to the natural stone look to it. There is no shortage of Tiffany-like dials out there, but the use of natural turquoise rather than a lacquer it really sets it apart by providing texture and depth to the dial. The yellow gold is paired quite well with the dial and that 37mm diameter is great for providing a vintage vibe to the watch. There’s nothing on the website to suggest that this is a limited release but given the price tag, 55,000 CHF (~$85,130 AUD), you won’t be seeing these on everyone’s wrist regardless.  

At a Glance

Reference: 15550BA.OO. 1356BA.01

Diameter: 37mm

Thickness: 8.9mm

Case: 18k yellow gold

Water Resistance: 50m

Dial: Natural turqouise 

Strap: Yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Movement: Automatic calibre 5900

Power Reserve: 60 hours

Price: 55,000 CHF (~$85,130 AUD)

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding

Since 2019, the Code 11.59 have cases made in exclusively precious metals, but they’ve broken that rule with this newest release in stainless steel. Though it’s not the first time as in 2021, they experimented a little by blending ceramic with the precious metals. The difference is that these will be great for those looking for a more accessible price point. 

There are three time and date variants here:  Bleu Nuit/Nuage 50 (blue), green, and a smokey beige. The blue and green are encased entirely in stainless steel while the beige features a little ceramic on the mid-case and crown. All of them feature the new stamped dial texture developed with Swiss guilloche craftsman, Yann von Kaenal. 

AP explains, “In order to stamp the dials, Yann von Kaenel undertook the extremely complex and meticulous task of creating the basic stamps, which have been engraved by hand. The pattern of waves that move outwards from the centre of the dial is decorated with hundreds of tiny holes that play with the light. The result is a myriad of details that make this decoration so rich, while at the same time paying tribute to the craftsmanship of this extremely talented artisan.”

Finally, through the sapphire caseback you can look upon the AP calibre 4302 in all its glory offering a 70-hour power reserve. 

The beige variant will set you back 24,800 CHF (~$38,390 AUD) while the green and blue are 22,700 CHF (~$35,140 AUD).  

At a Glance

Reference: 15210ST.OO.A343KB.01 (blue) / 15210ST.OO.A056KB.01 (green) / 15210QT.OO.A064KB.01 (beige)

Diameter: 41mm

Thickness: 10.7mm

Water Resistance: 30m

Strap: Dial-matching leather and rubber strap with stainless steel AP pin buckle

Movement: Automatic calibre 4302

Power Reserve: 70 hours

Price: 24,800 CHF (~$38,390 AUD) [Beige] / 22,700 CHF (~$35,140 AUD) [Green/Blue]

Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin 

Not much needs to be said about the 16202 since it made its debut in 2022 for the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary. Two major things were introduced during that release: the return of the Bleu Nuit/Nuage 50 dial, and the departure of the JLC-based calibre 2121. AP have created their own in-house designed and manufactured calibre 7121 as a more than fitting replacement. 

This release isn’t stainless steel but 18k white gold and pays homage to the 1992 release, reference 14802, created for the Royal Oak 20th anniversary. No Bleu Nuit/Nuage 50 dial this time, instead we get a first for the modern collection, a grained blue dial. 

This release has been confirmed to be a limited-edition release so people will be clamouring for these, but with a 70,100 CHF (~$108,500 AUD). 

At a Glance

Reference: 16202BC.OO.1240BC.02

Diameter: 39mm

Thickness: 8.1mm

Case Material: 18k white gold

Water Resistance: 50m

Strap: White gold bracelet

Movement: Automatic calibre 7121

Power Reserve: 55 hours

Price: 70,100 CHF (~$108,500 AUD)

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph

At a Glance

Reference: 26238CE.OO.1300CE.01

Dial: Black dial with Petit Tapisserie pattern

Diameter: 42mm

Thickness: 15.3mm

Case: Black ceramic/titanium caseback

Water Resistance: 100m screw-down crown

Strap: Black ceramic bracelet with titanium AP folding clasp

Movement: Automatic calibre 4404

Power Reserve: 70 hours

Price: 75,400 CHF (~$116,710 AUD)

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph’s

At a Glance

Reference: 26393ST.OO.A343KB.01 (blue) / 26393ST.OO.A056KB.01 (green) / 26393QT.OO.A064KB.01 (beige)

Case: Stainless steel / stainless steel with black ceramic midcase (beige)

Diameter: 41mm

Thickness: 12.6mm

Water Resistance: 30m

Strap: Dial-matching leather and rubber strap with stainless steel AP pin buckle

Movement: Automatic calibre 4401

Power Reserve: 70 hours

Price: 31,300 CHF (~$48,450 AUD) [blue and green], 33,400 CHF (~$51,700 AUD) [beige]

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph 

At a Glance:

Reference: 26420CE.OO.A127CR.01

Dial: Black dial with Méga Tapisserie pattern

Diameter: 43mm 

Materials: Black ceramic case, bezel, push-pieces, and crown. Yellow gold push-piece guards and strap integrating links. Studs in yellow gold and stainless steel

Water Resistance: 100m (screw-down crown)

Strap: Black interchangeable alligator strap with gold stitching, yellow gold pin buckle. Black interchangeable rubber strap.

Movement: Automatic calibre 4401

Power Resereve: 70 hours 

Price: 53,900 CHF (~$83,430 AUD)

Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph

At a Glance

Reference: 26240BC.SS.1320BC.01

Diameter: 41mm

Thickness: 12.4mm

Case: 18k white gold

Bezel: 32 baguette-cut blue sapphires

Water Resistance: 50m (screw down crown)

Dial: Blue dial with Grand Tapisserie pattern

Strap: White gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Movement: Automatic calibre 4401

Power Reserve: 70 hours

Availability: Exclusive to Japan May 2023, worldwide July 2023

Price: On Request

Royal Oak Selfwinding Smoked Blue Dial Variants

At a Glance

Reference: 77451BC.ZZ.1261BC.01 (34mm) / 15551BC.ZZ.1356BC.01 (37mm) /  26715BC.ZZ.1356BC.01 (Chronograph)

Diameter: 34mm, 37mm, 38mm (chronograph)

Thickness: 8.8mm, 9.4mm, 11mm

Case: 18k white gold 

Bezel: 32 baguette-cut diamonds

Water Resistance: 50m

Dial: Smoked blue with Grande Tapiserrie pattern

Strap: White gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Movement: Automatic calibre 5800, Automatic calibre 5900, Automatic calibre 2385

Power Reserve: 50 hours, 60 hours, 40 hours

Price: On request

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