There seem to have been quite a few perpetual calendars released this year, and a number of them have featured 2019’s popular colour, blue. Today is about another to add to this bundle, but this time with a more modern material and colour – white ceramic. It should be noted at this point that Audemars Piguet released a similar-but-different Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin this year as well.
The lightweight white ceramic case is 41mm in size (thickness of 9.5mm) and features a grey-blue dial in Audemars Piguet’s ‘Grande Tapisserie’ with silver sub dials and white gold applied indices. The inner bezel is also the same grey blue. Hands are coated with lume. The layout is different to that of aforementioned automatic Perpetual Ultra Thin model, with only the day of the week remaining at 9 o’clock, no day/ night indicator, and the leap year within the month sub dial at 12 o’clock. The phase of the moon appears against an aventurine sky and doesn’t require correction for 125 years and 317 days.
Visible behind the case back is the automatic Calibre AP 5134 that comes in the standard Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41 models, but which also makes an appearance in 2019’s Perpetual Calendar from the slightly divisive new CODE 11:59 collection. It beats at 19,800VPH and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
Coming on a ceramic bracelet with a titanium AP folding clasp and with a water resistance of 20m, this new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41 White Ceramic is only available from boutiques and has an RRP of 85,000 CHF. Some of you may recall that Audemars Piguet previously released a (also boutique-only) black ceramic version in 2017, but whereas the black version was all about discretion, there’s no hiding a white ceramic Royal Oak on your wrist.
[Photo credit : Audemars Piguet]