The iconic styling and design of the AP Royal is legendary. The older I get the more I want it. I can’t get it out of my site or my minds eye. I simply have to have one!
At this SIHH 2016, Audemars Piguet stepped it up more than a notch with the introduction of the NEW Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Reference 15407. What fascinated me by this watch is that due to it’s complexity and lack of simplicity I am completely in awe. I normally am not a fan of open worked or complicated timepieces. I feel like they normally look too busy. This has a very deconstructed feel and yet each piece is completely hand finished to the highest level of quality.
You would think a complex watch like this would be limited, but it’s not. As a brand AP is pretty limited anyway. Even though it’s not a limited edition or numbered in that way, it’s still very exclusive. This has a 41 mm case and it’s available in stainless steel and 18k rose gold. It has a 45 hour power reserve because of its thin 3132 calibre at 5.57mm.
This isn’t your ordinary openworked skeleton watch either. It not only has two balance springs, but two balance wheels as well. Without speaking cligon and over boring you with words that are hard to pronounce. By having two balance springs and two balance wheels should provide for much greater accuracy for better timekeeping.
Aesthetically this watch is amazing because of the contrast within the openworked parts of the slate grey dial with gun metal treatments. Both the steel and 18k rose gold versions have pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. Personally I like the steel one because it’s more utilitarian and won’t scratch as easy as rose gold. It also has more contrast and definitely less expensive! At the same time they are both equally gorgeous!