A Closer Look At The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked In Black Ceramic
After the success of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked in stainless steel, AP is back with a stealthy and sexy black ceramic version.
We first set our eyes on the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked back in 2016 when the stainless steel version was introduced at SIHH. Its patented second balance wheel and balance-spring assembly on the same axis not only immediately caught the eye with a contrasting gold color but also greatly improved precision and stability.
The New Black Ceramic Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
This new version comes with a black ceramic case and bracelet that have both been meticulously hand-finished with a combination of satin-brushing and polishing, following the same attention to detail that comes with the brand’s much-loved stainless-steel cases.
Additionally, a newly designed blackened openworked dial adds even more intrigue. A combination of slate grey and pink-gold components offer a striking visual contrast. The openworked bridges and gear train have been rhodium-coated to give it a cold slate gray color, while the double balance wheel mechanism, indices, hands, and oscillating rotor come in a warm 22-carat pink gold.
The Art Of Skeletonization
Skeletonization is both a decoration and a complication in itself. File away too little material from a component, and the aesthetics will look wrong. Yet carve away too much, and the functionality of the movement can be compromised. An Audemars Piguet specialty since the 1930s, skeletonization is a balancing act that only the most experienced hands can perform.
Take a loupe to this dial, and all will be revealed as the polished exterior and interior angles catch the light, revealing the endless hours of work that go into making a movement of this complexity.
Back To The Double Balance
The Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked contains an automatic Caliber 3132 movement with a 45-hour power reserve and two balance wheels and two hairsprings assembled on the same axis so that the system oscillates in perfect synchrony. The result of such a sophisticated mechanism is improved precision and stability.
All The Details
With an $84,300 price tag, the titanium caseback features a new engraving – “Royal Oak Double Balancier” – in honor of this unique patented movement.
Finally, the Royal Oak Balance Wheel Openworked in black ceramic completes its blends cutting-edge technology, traditional savoir-faire, and a modern design by coming in a 41mm case size with a black ceramic AP folding clasp and a water resistance of 50m.
For readers who want to take a closer look, get yourselves over to your nearest Audemars Piguet boutique as it is a boutique exclusive. And oh yes, and don’t forget your loupe! Visit Audemars Piguet’s website.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)