One of the most beloved watches of this year may well be the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic watch. What makes the watch so hot is the fact that the case and bracelet is created in matte black brushed ceramic. Simply stunning. Also stunning – the amount of time the brand invested in the research and development of this case: 600 hours.
Achieving the exact brushed look on the case and manipulating the ultra-hard compound in and of itself was time consuming. Add to that the fact that this watch bracelet is incredibly labor-intensive to finish – and you have a shining star. According to Audemars Piguet, it takes about six hours to machine, polish, hand finish and assemble a stainless steel bracelet. The new ceramic one takes 30 hours to accomplish the same tasks.
The existing Caliber 5134, with day, date, month, astronomical moon, leap year, powers the watch and week of the year displayed on the “Grande Tapisserie” decorated dial. Housed in an assertively sized 41 mm case, the self-winding movement is fully visible through the glare proofed sapphire crystal caseback.
Impressions, Price of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic Watch
The concern for any lover of watches is the durability of the watch. Let’s face it, wearing it on the wrist means it will inevitably be banged or dinged against a number of surfaces. Have no fear, this black ceramic is virtually uncatchable, and it is resistant to high temperatures, thermal shocks and aging. The look of the dial, with the famed Grande Tapisserie pattern in slate gray — with black counters and realistic astronomical moon disk – is super rich and appealing. Pricing will be around $85,000 and worth every penny.