Time flies! I know we hear that all the time, but it so true. Especially the older you get the faster time goes. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the launch of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronograph. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was released in the 1970’s and the chronograph was released in 1997.
This year at SIHH 2017, Audemars Piguet decided to release a new collection of watches to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak chronograph.
Those that know me get that I am not a fan of chronograph watches, but for some reason the Royal Oak is an exception. Don’t get me wrong I still would probably never own one but I can definitely appreciate it.
In total Audemars Piguet released 8 NEW Royal Oak Chronograph models. That breaks down to 4 in pink gold, of which 2 are on 18k pink gold bracelets and 2 are on alligator straps, 3 NEW watches in stainless steel and for the first time 1 in titanium.
This means the current steel models and current pink gold models will be discontinued and replaced by these NEW models. The prices will remain the same. Like the current versions these NEW AP Royal Oak chronograph’s are all 41mm in case diameter.
Out of all of them I am impressed with the NEW titanium version. IT’s half the weight of stainless steel and the dial is a gorgeous gun metal gray with contrasting blue subdials. It will be interesting to see how it looks and feels in person. You normally don’t see titanium used on regular Royal Oak models. They are used on their sportier and more masculine Offshore collection.