Saturday, January 21, 2017

AUDEMARS PIGUET – Royal Oak Extra-Thin Yellow Gold

AUDEMARS PIGUETRoyal Oak Extra-Thin Yellow Gold

Royal Oak Extra-Thin 
Yellow Gold - 2017

When the original Royal Oak first appeared in 1972, it was notable for several reasons - it was the world's first luxury sports watch; it was imposing, yet impressively thin; and, despite being the most expensive watch of its type on the market, it was available only in stainless steel.

That changed in 1977 when the first yellow gold 39 mm Royal Oak became available, bringing a whole new character to what would soon be regarded as an iconic design.

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In 2016, classic yellow gold returned to Audemars Piguet’s product portfolio and was presented in a select group of Royal Oak models. Today, to mark the 40th anniversary of the first precious metal Royal Oaks, Audemars Piguet has created a new series of Extra-Thin versions in yellow gold.

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The 18-carat yellow gold “Jumbo” is available with two distinct “Petite Tapisserie” dials - classic blue or vintage-inspired champagne - both of which evoke a delightful 1970s aesthetic while offering the very latest in fit, finish, accuracy and reliability.

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The blue dial features a lighter shade –similar to the yellow gold models released last year, as it beautifully contrasts with the case and bracelet. Meanwhile, the champagne dial blends with the other yellow gold timepiece, creating a monochromatic aesthetic of beauty and warmth.

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These pieces pay tribute to the original Royal Oak model, embodying the distinctive features and extensive finishing techniques that define the world’s first luxury sports watch.

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As with all examples of reference 15202, the new yellow gold model is equipped with the renowned ultra-thin self-winding Manufacture caliber 2121, first introduced half a century ago.


Model: Royal Oak Extra-Thin Yellow Gold
Reference: 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01 - Blue dial

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Reference: 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02Yellow-gold toned dial

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Manufacture Calibre 2121
Total diameter: 28.40 mm (12’’’ 1/2 lignes)
Total thickness: 3.05 mm
Number of jewels: 36  
Number of parts: 247
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 40h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz): 2.75 (=19,800 vibrations /h)
18-carat yellow gold case 39 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m
  • Blue dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern
  • Yellow-gold toned dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern
Yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
Hours, minutes and date
18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet (Marketing) SA
Route de France 16 - Case postale 16
1348 Le Brassus - Switzerland
Phone : + 41 21 642 39 00
Fax : + 41 21 642 34 02
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BLANCPAIN – WOMEN Ultraplate Saint-Valentin 2017 Edition

BLANCPAINWOMEN Ultraplate Saint-Valentin 2017 Limited Edition

A love story by Blancpain

Blancpain is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with a watch dedicated to love and passion.

The adornment of this 29 mm-e timepiece is designed to celebrate the traditional lovers’ day.
Its steel bezel and lugs are set with 68 diamonds, while the mother-of-pearl dial features eight. The seconds hand depicts an arrow symbolizing the transmission of love. Its tip is red, a color synonymous with passion.

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A heart adorned with 19 buff-top rubies embellishes the delicately shimmering dial at 12 o’clock. The buff-top cut was mainly used during the Art Deco period for jewelry models, and occasionally in recent years on watch dials. It reveals the rounded upper part of the gem and thereby enhances the radiance of the dial by allowing the light to penetrate more fully into the stone. The lower part of the ruby refracts the light like a facetted stone.

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The sapphire crystal reveals an openworked white gold oscillating weight adorned with a snailed bevel, polished angles, as well as straight and circular Côtes de Genève. The Manufacture thereby demonstrates the full extent of its expertise by combining these delicate and sophisticated procedures. The Blancpain logo engraved on the oscillating weight echoes the main dial element and also adopts the color of love.

Above and beyond aesthetic appeal, impressive technical refinement

At the heart of this model beats the new Caliber 913. The glucydur balance-wheel fitted with micrometric regulating screws is now equipped with a balance-spring in silicon.

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The latter is an innovative material within the watch industry over the past few years and features several advantages: its low density makes it particularly light and it is also more shock-resistant as well as impervious to magnetic fields. These properties ensure the almost perfect geometry of the balance-spring, thereby improving the isochronism of the movement and hence the precision of the watch.

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Catering to individual wishes, the Saint-Valentin 2017 watch is fitted with two interchangeable alligator leather straps, one in red and the other in white. This dainty model is available in an engraved and numbered 99-piece limited edition.

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Technical data

Model: WOMEN Ultraplate Saint-Valentin 2017 Edition

References:  6104-4654-99A - Stainless steel

Limited Edition of 99 piece

Specificities Ultraplate
Secured movement
Self-winding Calibre 913

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Alternances: 21.600 beats/hour (3 Hrz)
Power reserve in hours: 40 hours
Calibre diameter:  21.00 mm
Calibre thickness:  3.30 mm
Jewels:  20
Mouvement sécurisé
Spiral en silicium
Composants:   174 Pces
Stainless steel
Bezel and lugs are set with diamonds 68
Bezel set with 1 row of diamonds 32
Case thickness:    9.24 mm
Case diameter:    29.20 mm
Water resistance:    3.00 bar
Back:   Sapphire crystal
Diamond-set decorated in white mother-of-pearl
set with 8 diamonds (heart 19 Rubies) 0.045 carat(s)
Red "Alizarin Crimson"Alligator lined with alzavel strap (Interhorn space 15 mm)
Pin buckle: Stainless steel

Total carat weight: 0.686 carat(s) 46 Diamants
(Heart 19 Rubies)

Limited edition of 99 piece

* Blancpain reserves the right to modify this model and its technical characteristics.
Blancpain S.A.
Le Rocher 12
1348 Le Brassus
International PR: Lucie Notar
Tel.  (+41) 21 796 3619
Fax (+41) 21 796 3637
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