Audemars Piguet has announced a new Royal Oak Selfwinding model at the ladies friendly size of 34mm.The four references are well chosen given that these would probably be the most popular versions if the collection were much bigger. It’s nice that Audemars Piguet has limited the number of new references to these, distilling the essence of the brand’s design to these classically appointed variations and not going overboard.
Their target market for these watches would probably appreciate the restraint shown here as well. Not only that, there is something for every taste, from the basic to the luxurious here.Two of the four references are in stainless steel, with one carrying a silver toned dial, and the other in a blue grey “Grande Tapisserie” dial. The silver toned dial version is perhaps the most austere variation here, being all monochromatic and all business, or perhaps put another way, a simple and minimalistic exercise for those who want the ingredients that count and nothing more. The blue grey dial version is just that little bit dressier than this since it comes with a diamond bezel as well.
Straddling the middle line next is a two toned model, with stainless steel being the base and an 18k pink gold bezel and bracelet links forming the embellishments. This also comes with a silver toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial and has an appropriate level of retro look back in appeal.Lastly the most luxurious one in this new line is a full 18k pink gold model for the case and bracelet, coming with a diamond-set bezel and silver-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial. This one of course, holds nothing back, and is probably the one to get for the ultimate in that luxurious AP feeling on the wrist.All the new watches carry the new automatic calibre 5800, endowed with a dedicated oscillating weight specifically developed for this new 34 mm model.