The emphasis of this review will be how I feel about the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Silver Dial White Alligator Leather Watch 67651STZZD011CR01.
However, it would be useful to look back at some of the past of this iconic model and how the latest version brings something new to the table before we can get into that. Let us have a look at it right away. The passion of a vintage watch collector is at an all-time high in luxury sports watches. When you inquire about the roots of Audemars Piguet’s new luxury sports watch, you inevitably start with the Royal Oak.
Background of Audemars Piguet Watch
It was drawn up in one moment of inspiration when legendary jewellery designer Gérald Genta captured a glimpse of the porthole of a ship. This, incidentally, explains the name that was painted on the side of several Royal Navy ships, as well as being a sign of Britain. Genta’s sketch had some entirely original features, including the octagonal bezel with eight exposed screws, the “tapisserie” dial, which looked like a waffle iron print, and the hexagonal crown.
It even had an “integrated necklace” which was a work of art itself. “Integrated” here means it blends in with the watch case, but it still holds as much value as the dial itself. The ties are effortlessly interconnected, and the finishing level far outstrips rival-house bracelets. It is still considered to be one of the best bracelets ever made. It is even more comfortable on the wrist than my Reverso, which has a stunning bracelet with a brick-link. To me, the bracelet is all-important as it gives a watch identity and is a statement in itself, especially in a ladies’ watch.
Audemars Piguet released the first lady’s version in 1976, contracting the services of Jacqueline Dimier, at that time one of only a few female designers in the industry. The women’s versions were smaller, of course, and came in gold, two-tone and eventually with diamonds. But like the men’s pieces, they never hit the mainstream.
Best Features of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Silver Dial Alligator Leather Watch
The movement has to be the most critical upgrade for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leather Watch. The watch is fitted with the Calibre 2713, which is the same self-winding transfer. This newly built action has many improvements.
The low beat movement produces a frequency of 32.768 Hz. In addition to its improved dimensions, the movement now has a diameter of 33 mm, which provides more excellent balance with the 7 mm case diameter. The skeletonized 18k-pink gold rotor also makes it easier to appreciate the movement ‘s beauty through the rear of the exhibition. Both pieces are decorated with Geneva lines, including the bridges, and the bevels are polished, giving this sport watch the charm of a dress watch.
One of the Royal Oak ‘s main design distinctions is its dial plate, which has a square pattern called the “Grande Tapisserie.” Looking closely at the “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, you can see that the convex squares have a line pattern, and the concave parts have a grain pattern. It is showing the degree of detail in the pattern.
Let us take a look at the detail of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Silver Leather Watch. The minute track is carved into a new flat surface around the circumference. Besides, the inscription of “AUTOMATIC” at the 6 o’clock position from previous models was dropped. It is replaced by the inscription “Swiss Made”. While the logos “AP” and “AUDEMARS PIGUET” at the 12 o’clock position was slightly expanded. I thought to remove “AUTOMATIC” might throw the balance off and make the dial plate seem missing, but it does leave a good impression.
What is more, the indexes and hands were checked. Although the shapes are right to past versions, they have been rendered smoother, resulting in a sporty look due to the greater surface area on which the luminous paint is applied. The indexes were very slightly shortened, underlining the differentiation from the past models. Additionally, if you look closely at the second side, you can see that the counterweight has the same form as the indexes.
Ultimately, what I believe is a significant change is the date show location. Thanks to the new movement, the date window for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Silver Leather Watch is located on the dial plate circumference right next to the minute track. Fans of the original model from 1972 will say it has returned to its correct position.
Case and Bracelet
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leather Watch has a case diameter of. The integrated bracelet, the octagonal bezel, and the finish are mostly the same as before, but when you look closely, you will notice differences.
The thickness of the model is 7 mm. The watch is also water-resistant to 50 metres; a screw-down crown is being used again. There is always a familiar combination of satin and polished finishes, retaining the watch’s elegance. The bracelet is hand-stitched “large square scale” white alligator strap with the diamond set. It also has 18k Pink Gold AP folding clasp. The bezel is uniquely designed with 172 brilliant-cut diamond which is approximately 1.76 carats.
Additionally, the multiple parts with satin and polished finishes give an air of luxury and three-dimensionality. Most watches were made with leather straps in the 1970s. However, Genta still built the case and bracelet together from the beginning to improve the overall sense of harmony and fulfilment.
Examining the watch closely, we see that this current model does not deviate from the initial design of Royal Oak envisaged by Gérald Genta. It is quite clear that in the description, Royal Oak traditions still live on today.
To sum up, the newest Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Silver Leather Watch inherits the DNA of the Royal Oak, and benefits from some changes. The movement has been improved in many ways concerning its appearance and functionality, and the adjustments to the elements of its dial give it a sportier overall impression. I like the scale of 33 mm because of its sleek body. It is Royal Oak ‘s backbone, centre-and with good reason.
You will need to be vigilant, though. Also, if you already have a set of many beautiful watches, the beauty of this watch will undoubtedly tempt you in reaching for it every morning. I think that is because it happened to me.
1. I have lost my product warranty certificate. What should I do?
The warranty certificate will only be issued once when the watch is purchased. Nonetheless, provided that the watch is sent for authentication to Audemars Piguet headquarters, we will be able to issue an authenticity certificate.
2. How long do Audemars Piguet services typically last?
That depends on the size, watch status, and the job to be done.
In practice and for a full service on an AP core collection scheme, a warranted watch will be replaced in 21 calendar days and 42 days if a valid warranty no longer protects the watch.
A couple of days buffer is added to the promised delivery lead time shown on the estimate. At our Audemars Piguet boutiques, the Technical Advisors can provide an immediate quotation for the vast majority of all mechanical models manufactured over the last 25 years.
3. How long is an Audemars Piguet watch guaranteed?
For two years from the date of purchase shown on the invoice, we guarantee your timepiece against all manufacturing and artistry defects. For more specific details, see the General Terms and Conditions of the Customer Service.
You will benefit from an extended warranty (total of 5 years) by completing the form at https:/www.audemarspiguet.com/en/warranty/registration/ before the end of the second year of purchase.
However, we suggest that you continue with a regular (free of charge) water-resistance test if your timepiece is regularly exposed to water and humid conditions. A water-resistance service will then be performed via our authorized network if required.