The cheapest entry-level AP is the rarest thing: Royal Oak is a value proposition
It's steel. It is 34 mm. Although it is still expensive, the lowest-priced machinery on the menu is a bargain for Audemars Piguet, where prices can soar to the stratosphere.
At the entry level, we considered the cheapest watches from luxury watchmakers. They are still not cheap, but hey-every brand must start somewhere.
A famous observation about the German car manufacturer BMW is that it makes the same sausages, but with different lengths. Although Audemars Piguet has expanded from its most famous collection, the Royal Oak-most recently CODE 11:59-Gérald Genta design is still the company's most well-known watch.
As it happens, it is also the Royal Oak. Specifically, the 34mm Royal Oak is automatically wound. In terms of diameter (34 mm), thickness (8.8 mm) and self-winding movement (caliber 5800), this is functionally equivalent to one of the hottest watches in 2021, the 34 mm AP Royal Oak self-winding ceramic, made of Dimepiece by Brynn Wallner was recently reviewed in an excellent manner. The watch you see here is not the hyped ceramic; it is stainless steel.
AP Royal Oak Automatic Winding Ref. 77350ST.OO.1261ST.01 is the newest member of the Royal Oak series and we introduced it in April 2020. At launch, the Associated Press introduced four variants, including a two-tone model and two variants with diamond-encrusted bezels. At that time, the Associated Press did not directly call it a ladies watch, and because of the use of plain steel with a large silver check pattern dial and two-tone changes, the case can be said to be a Royal Oak suitable for smaller than NFL wingers. everyone. One year later, we got the ceramic version with golden decoration. There is also frosted gold, but this is more expensive.
Perhaps the 34mm Royal Oak watch is regarded as a ladies' watch by some masculine potential buyers, but the market effect of the hype has not yet affected the cheapest automatic Audemars Piguet currently produced. This is an online watch-in the usual place, I don't name it-less than you think.
I haven't had a chance to see a Royal Oak of this size with my own eyes, but people I know do. I heard that the 34mm Royal Oak is very suitable to be worn on a man's wrist. I still don't think wearing this 34mm RO will be the same as wearing the 15202, but for those of us with smaller wrists, this is a watch worth knowing about.
Under the hood, you have an AP caliber 5800.3002 based on the Vaucher cal, equipped with display hours, minutes, seconds and date, with a power reserve of 50 hours and automatic winding via a solid gold rotor. This is a compact movement with an edge-to-edge dimension of 23.3 mm, suitable for watches that must bridge the gap between the 33 mm quartz Royal Oak and the 37 mm Royal Oak automatic winding. The rigid purists may object to the fact that cal. The 5800 is not entirely manufactured in-house, but Vaucher itself is a high-quality movement manufacturer. It is jointly owned by Parmigiani Fleurier (majority) and Hermès (minority). In addition to providing movements for Richard Mille and other high-end brands, it also manufactures both.
You have to jump to 37mm Royal Oak and its 3120 caliber to get a fully internally developed caliber, but I don't think this is a major blow to the 34mm Royal Oak. The reference just discontinued. The 15202 is the king of the Royal Oak's 39mm collection and is equipped with automatic movement 2121, which was originally developed by JLC and used by Trinity members Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe.
This watch may be the smallest and most affordable Royal Oak automatic movement, but considering the full range of Royal Oak automatic movements, it does not seem to be particularly reduced or lower.
Nevertheless, the size of 34 mm will definitely be polarized. Nevertheless, the size of this watch is the same as the size of the 34mm ceramic Royal Oak, and this watch excites at least as many people I know as girls. Now, AP's use of ceramics has attracted all the attention because it has done a lot of details on this difficult-to-machine material. It's just that this steel watch can be said to be the more core Audemars Piguet, and its hype train has not completely left the station.