In a welcome bit of news for the legion of Royal Oak fans, the perennially popular model just got a new size – 34mm, and it is not quartz. The new models are not replacing the current 33mm Royal Oak Quartz models, but complement the existing Royal Oak automatic collection.
This launch collection consists of four models in stainless steel and/ or 18kt pink gold : stainless steel with a silver dial, bi-metal steel and pink gold with a silver dial, stainless steel with a diamond bezel and blue-grey dial, and a pink gold model with a diamond bezel and silver dial.
As you can see, all of these new models feature the classic ‘Grande Tapisserie’ pattern, applied batons, and have lume on hands and hour markers. The bejewelled bezel models have 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 0.71 carats).
Inside the 8.8mm thick case (water resistance of 50m) they share the same movement – the new automatic Calibre 5800, which beats at 28,800 VPH, has a power reserve of 50 hours, and features a new oscillating weight as well. The bracelets, with an Audemars Piguet folding clasp, will be familiar.
The reference numbers and pricing as as follows:
Ref. 77350ST.OO.1261ST.01 (stainless steel) – CHF 18,400
Ref. 77350SR.OO.1261SR.01 (two-tone) – CHF 21,600
Ref. 77351ST.ZZ.1261ST.01 (stainless steel with diamonds) – CHF 23,200
Ref. 77351OR.ZZ.1261OR.01 (pink gold with diamonds) – CHF 44,700
Prior to this new model, the ‘small Royal Oak’ option was 33m and quartz, and it stays as a part of the collection. With these additions, Royal Oak selfwinding models are now available in 34mm, 37mm, 39mm, and 41mm. Kudos must be given to Audemars Piguet for not saying that the new 34mm models are for women; I have seen some mentions already by men with small wrists who are curious as to how they might look on their wrists.
Regardless of who buys them, what will also be interesting is to see if this means the eventual phasing out of the 33mm quartz models.
[Photo credit: Audemars Piguet]