In 2018, Audemars Piguet launched a number of complicated watches to maintain the brand’s consistent watchmaking style. Among them, the highly-recognized Royal Oak ultra-thin perpetual calendar watch, lasting for 5 years to create, it was another representative of the soil in the field of watchmaking.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Series RD 2 Ultra-thin Perpetual Calendar Watch
The case thickness is only 6.30 mm, making it the world’s slimmest self-winding perpetual calendar watch and breaking the latest record set by Audemars Piguet. In the R&D and manufacturing phases, the biggest challenge is to redesign the original three-layer movement into a single-layer structure that achieves ultra-thin dimensions while incorporating and reorganizing functions to enhance the comfort, performance and durability of the ergonomic design. Another perpetual calendar watch launched in 2018 is equipped with the Caliber 5134 self-winding movement. Unlike the ultra-thin perpetual calendar, this movement may be more aesthetically pleasing in thickness.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Series Perpetual Calendar Watch with Caliber 5134 self-winding movement
The creation and development of each complex function is a huge challenge for watchmakers. They must overthrow their previous achievements and start over again. The process is much harder than we think.
Audemars Piguet designer is drawing sketches
In fact, in addition to the technical problems to be overcome, the birth of each Audemars Piguet timepiece requires the designer’s creative and unconstrained design. Those seemingly impossible designs finally presented to us is each pieces of art artifacts. Audemars Piguet adheres to the development of mechanical movements and complex functions, and incorporates artistic design on this basis. The perfect blend of technology and art, in 2018, Audemars Piguet’s complex series also brought us many surprises.
Superb: The Perfect Blend of Skills and Art
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Skeleton Watch
Real Shot of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Skeleton Watch Detail
The new Royal Oak double balance wheel hollow watch combines aesthetic design, precision performance and balanced shape. The patented double balance device requires a complex process to improve accuracy and stability while allowing the internal movement to pulsate from both sides of the case.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Series Floating Tourbillon Wristwatch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Series Floating Tourbillon Timepiece
The unique aesthetic design is reminiscent of the beautiful winter scenery of the valley. The white gold dial is inlaid with a pyramidal cone-faced diamond, and the white lacquer finish is used to exude a radiant glow. The hollowed-out barrel is like a “snowflake” and it perfectly echoes with the “snow diamond” embedded in the floating tourbillon escapement system. Combining technology into the design of the watch, Audemars Piguet turned each timepiece into a work of art.
The beginning of everything stems from the cooperation of two master watchmakers 143 years ago, and now Audemars Piguet still adheres to the love of mechanical watchmaking. Whether it is the development of complex functions or the insistence on mechanical watchmaking, Audemars Piguet will always bring us unlimited surprises and creations.