Audemars Piguet Unveils a New Evolution of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet unveils a new evolution of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph. Housed within a 41mm 18-carat pink gold case, the new watch is fitted for the first time with the latest generation chronograph movement, the Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 4401, that can be admired through the sapphire caseback. Two dial options are available, executed in blue or brown colors.

For the first time, the selfwinding Manufacture integrated chronograph, Calibre 4401, launched in 2019 within the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet, makes its appearance in the Royal Oak collection. This movement features a column wheel and the flyback function that allows restarting of the chronograph without stopping or resetting it first. The column wheel works together with a vertical clutch system. When the watch is started or stopped, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping. The pushpieces feel smoother when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands resets to zero.

The Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph has been equipped with a sapphire caseback for the first time, affording sight of the integrated chronograph’s column wheel and the so-called “dance” of the chronograph hammers. The wearer can view the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight and refined finishing, including “Côtes de Genève,” circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers throughout. The case, which has been modified to accommodate the new movement, now has a slightly thicker height of 12.4 mm.

The dial features a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and combines blue or brown colors with pink gold-toned counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The positions of the minute counter and hour counter have been reversed, improving readability, while the date disc is located closer to the inner bezel. The model comes with a matching 18-carat pink gold bracelet or a color-coordinated alligator strap.

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