Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15468BC

  • Collection: Royal Oak Openworked
  • Model reference: 15468BC.YG.1259BC.01
  • Case/Size: 18-carat Frosted Gold , 37mm
  • Bezel: Set with “rainbow-coloured” baguette-cut sapphires
  • Dial: Skeletonized
  • Movement: Automatic-winding
  • Functions: Hours, Minute
  • Specificity: Double balance wheel, bezel set 32 baguette-cut “Rainbow-coloured” sapphires
  • Condition / Year: Brand new / 2021
  • Price: Upon request
Manufacturer’s International Warranty

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Description

The ‘Royal Oak’ overturned the prevailing codes in 1972 during a period of existential crisis for the watch industry due to the boom of the cheap Quartz watches made in Asia.

The company had to come with a bold, solid stainless sports steel luxury watch, they gave the mission to Gerald Genta to design it.
He got the inspiration from a deep-sea-diving helmet, the result was an octagonal bezel, visible mounting screws, a large case of 39mm with an integrated bracelet, a very futuristic design for the seventies.
Within 2-3 years they sold about 1000 watches establishing a new segment within the industry and pioneered the popularity and desirability of the steel sports luxury watch.

The first model released was the reference 5402 known today as the “Royal Oak A series”, with a thin automatic calibre 2121 movement that is still made today.

Since they treated steel as gold, the level of finishing was remarkable and so was the retail price, for comparison purpose a similar Rolex sport watch was 10x cheaper.

Today, Audemars Piguet still produces a range of Royal Oaks in different sizes (33 to 41mm) for ladies and men, from titanium, rose gold, yellow gold and platinum metals, various dial colours and with different complications.

 

The present reference 15468BC.YG.1259BC.01 is Audemars Piguet’s very own “Rainbow”.

As the name says it all, the Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked RoyalOak with gem-set bezel is aesthetically as stunning, as it is technically.

The bezel is set with 32 baguette-cut ‘rainbow-colored’ sapphires totaling 2.24 carats. The openworked 37mm dial is a work of art, revealing the architecture of the movement. At 8 o’clock is the double balance wheel mechanism with a golden bridge contrasting against the rhodium tone of the rest of the movement. The lumed hour-markers are in rose-gold and feature around the periphery of the dial, which also has the minutes track. The hand are also made in rose-gold.

The in-house self-winding Calibre 3132 provides a 45-hr power reserve and features two hairsprings assembled on the same axis, oscillating in perfect synchrony provided enhanced precision.

The bracelet is the iconic RoyalOak in white gold with a frosted finish all-around, giving it a shimmer of micro-set diamonds.

 

 

Audemars Piguet – bio

Audemars Piguet is a Swiss manufacturer of mechanical watches founded in 1875. They began in the Vallée de Joux. Jules Louis Audemars formed a partnership with Edward Auguste Piguet. Audemars created complicated blank watch movements for other manufactures to use. Piguet specialized in the final regulation of watches. They then split responsibilities when they began their own company. Audemars was in charge of production and technical aspects while Piguet focused on sales and management. One of their first achievements was creating the first repeater wristwatch in 1892 and in 1972 the iconic steel “Royal Oak”.

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Accompanied by an Audemars Piguet international warranty card, product literature and a wooden presentation box