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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

Marina Milojević | 09.15.15 | 12:48 PM

Audemars Piguet launches its new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

Audemars Piguet presents its new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, a timepiece modeled after the rarest watch ever produced by this famous Swiss manufacturer – a model from 1955, which now rests in the Maison’s private museum. The historical model was the first perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indication, and it was initially produced in only three pieces. Another six exemplars were added to the range in 1957. Since perpetual calendars are an important part of the DNA of Audemars Piguet, the brand returns them to the center of the stage with four different versions of the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

The new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar has undergone some significant changes – most importantly the change in watch case size that began in 2012. In its most recent rendition, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar measures 41 mm in width, and yet retains its slender profile. A perpetual calendar mechanism, nestled inside the case, includes traditional indications of a perpetual calendar watch: day, date, highly detailed astronomical moon, month and leap year. It also automatically adjusts to the varying number of days in each month, and even to the leap year.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

The enlarged size has enabled Audemars Piguet to include an outer chapter ring to indicate the weeks of the year. The dial repeats the brand’s emblematic “Grande Tapisserie” design, which nicely balances the watch face, while improving the legibility of indications. Underneath it beats the new automatic caliber 5134, which is based on the caliber 2120, only slightly enlarged. The movement is fully visible through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

There are four different versions of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574: two from stainless steel, and two from 18-karat pink gold. The watches are available with either a silver-toned or blue dial, and they are mounted on matching metal bracelets. The steel versions are priced at $60,900, while yellow gold versions retail at $95,700.

26574ST.OO.1220ST.01 – stainless steel, silver dial

26574ST.OO.1220ST.02 – stainless steel, blue dial

26574OR.OO.1220OR.01 – pink gold, silver dial

26574OR.OO.1220OR.02 – pink gold, blue dial

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar reference 26574

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