Watches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin Pink Gold

By Thierry Ané on February 24, 2014

At this year’s SIHH, Audemars Piguet's presentation mainly revolved around the Royal Oak Offshore collection with the new take on the 42 mm modelsWatches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42 mm 2014 Collection (+live pics), the immaculate new Diver in white ceramicWatches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Ceramic (+live pics) or the contrasted black or white ceramic 44 mm chronographsWatches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44mm Black & White Ceramic (+live pics). I have of course discussed all these amazing novelties on Watch Agora with live pictures from our visit to the AP stand at Palexpo.

Despite focusing most of their efforts on the sporty Offshore, the Le Brassus-based manufacture did not forget the countless admirers of the original Royal Oak timepiece and also unveiled a new version of the so-called “Jumbo”.

If you are an unconditional fan of the brand or simply a well-informed watch aficionado, however, the Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin Pink Gold will not strike you as entirely new. It will surely remind you of the Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin 40th Anniversary Platinum that the brand released in a limited edition of 40 pieces back in 2012.

It is indeed the same model that the brand now presents in a 39 mm pink gold case. With a thickness of only 8.04 mm and the unrivalled beauty of its pink gold bracelet, it is certainly among the most elegant models offered by this high-end manufacture.

What makes this model so special, though, is the exceptional beauty of its openwork dial. The self-winding 5122 calibre has been meticulously skeletonized and received a slate grey finish to achieve an extremely contemporary look. This dark colour contrasts nicely with the gold of the case and strengthens the sense of depth. The transparent inner date ring, with a small tinted aperture at 3 o’clock, looks very modern and ensures an uncluttered view of the movement.

Through the sapphire back, one can gaze at the outstanding finish of this movement: all the bridges have bevelled and polished edges, the gears are sun-brushed, perlage has been used on some parts of the recesses and the pink gold hollowed oscillating weight with the “AP” logo” is simply magnificent.

Although this is not a limited edition, rest assured that the production will remain quite limited and that this model will be sought-after by many collectors and quite difficult to find. If you like it but are not entirely sure, remember it is a bargain: whereas the Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin 40th Anniversary Platinum retailed for $141,400, this Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin Pink Gold will only cost you $85,800!

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