The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph In Platinum

This year, the Royal Oak Chronograph gets a platinum case and bracelet with black-on-smoked-gray dial.

Quick Take

Last year was a major anniversary for the Royal Oak Chronograph – it turned 20. So, naturally it was a major focus for the brand, and there were a number of new introductions to replace a lineup that had been on offer since 2012. The new Royal Oak Chronograph that came out in 2017 featured a size bump from 39mm to 41mm and a rejiggering of the of the chronograph sub-dials, including a slight adjustment of the position of the date window. While this year isn’t quite as loaded with new Royal Oak Chronographs – there are just two – we wanted to draw your attention to this guy here: an all-platinum Royal Oak Chronograph with a beautiful smokey black-grey Tapisserie dial.

Why This Watch Matters

Last year’s lineup of Royal Oak Chronographs gave us a bunch of different exectutions. There was an all-titanium version, steel bracelet versions, gold with strap options, and finally there were all gold with bracelet versions, which formed the top tier of the price pyramid. Now we have an all-platinum Royal Oak Chronograph. This is the new king of the hill among Royal Oak Chronographs, and it’s been outfitted with one of the cooler dial designs we’ve seen from AP in the last few years, a fumé-style interpretation of the Royal Oak’s signature Tapisserie pattern.

Initial Thoughts

My first thought on hearing about this watch was that I had to hold it and feel its weight. There really aren’t many all-platinum watches out there today, and I think it’s for a couple of reasons. They’re expensive, and they weigh oh-so-much. But if you’re in the market for the most expensive Royal Oak Chronograph in any metal, the first concern probably isn’t going to cross your mind for very long. As they say, this is a lot of watch.

The Basics

Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph
Reference Number: 26332PT.OO.1220PT.01
Diameter: 41mm
Thickness: 10.88mm
Case Material: Platinum
Dial Color: Fumé black
Indexes: Applied hour markers
Lume: Yes
Water Resistance: 50m
Strap/Bracelet: Platinum bracelet

The Movement

Caliber: In-House Caliber 2385
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date
Diameter: 26.2mm
Thickness: 5.5mm
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 3.5 Hz (21,600 vph)
Jewels: 37

Pricing & Availability

Price: Coming Soon
Availability: Coming Soon

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