Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Platinum China Edition | 26609TI

  • Collection: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
  • Model reference: 26609TI.OO.1220TI.01
  • Case/Size: Titanium, 41mm
  • Dial: Black
  • Movement: Automatic-winding
  • Functions: Hours, Minute, Moon phase, Perpetual calendar
  • Specificity: Limited Edition 88 pieces
  • Condition: Brand New
Manufacturer’s International Warranty

All the watches we offer come with a 2 year warranty but this timepiece enjoys a guarantee covered by the manufacturer, valid internationally at any flagship store or official retailer carrying the respective brand. If you wish we are happy to assist you handling this task. Scope of coverage subject to manufacturer’s policy, please contact us for more information.

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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 watch is the very rare sought after piece made for China and the  first time in fully titanium, under reference 26609TI.OO.1220TI.01 • It stands out with a beautiful black dial with « Grande Tapisserie » pattern and displays a stunning perpetual calendar that features : Month and leap year indicator located at 12 o’clock – Date counter at 3 o’clock with the “31” in red – Displayed on the opposite side at 9 o’clock is the day counter – Inner bezel shows the weeks in white digits with the help of an elegant red central hand  • At 6 o’clock, you can admire a beautiful astronomical moon-phase indicator made with aventurine which requires a correction every 125 years and 317 days • Hands and hour markers are in white gold with luminescent coating for better visibility when reaching the dark side.

It is powered by an extra-thin self-winding movement with a power-reserve of 40 hours and is visible through the sapphire case-back along with the beautiful skeletonized oscillating weight in gold. An extraordinary light titanium bracelet will fix this timepiece around any wrist for an incredible experience. It comes also with two additional straps : a chic black alligator strap with red stitches and a sporty red rubber strap to complete this limited edition of only 88 pieces.

 

 

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”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Additional information

Accessories :

Accompanied by an Audemars Piguet international warranty card, product literature, additional black leather + red rubber strap and a wooden presentation box