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Audemars Piguet Release “John Mayer” Perpetual Calendar and Sand Gold Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet has announced a fleet of new releases for 2024. The highlights for these 2024 novelties include the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar “John Mayer” made in collaboration with the famous singer and the Sand Gold Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm in a brand-new gold alloy.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar “John Mayer”

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm John Mayer Limited Edition 26574BC.OO.1220BC

Following on from the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar x Travis Scott Audemars Piguet have been quick to continue their range of musical collaborations with the release of the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar x John Mayer. Mayer is typically associated with Rolex due to the John Mayer Daytona, but while that one is a nickname, his name is actually attached to this Royal Oak. A perpetual calendar in white gold with a 41mm diameter and a “Crystal Sky” dial.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm John Mayer Limited Edition
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm John Mayer Limited Edition 26574BC.OO.1220BC

That dial is produced using a highly involved combination of high-tech production techniques. First the brass dial is embossed using a stamp that was formed using electroforming, which means it was create atom by atom, resulting in an exacting and precise pattern. The dial is then coated in a deep blue PVD layer with a metallic sheen that makes the dial glitter and glimmer as light plays across it. The result is a dial that has a similar appearance to aventurine glass except that it’s far more complex and has a captivating 3D texture.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm John Mayer Limited Edition 26574BC.OO.1220BC

Powering the watch is the calibre 5134, a movement that first debuted in 2015. The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar “John Mayer” has been confirmed to be the last limited edition watch to house this movement, so its retirement is imminent almost a decade after its first use. It has a 40-hour power reserve with manual winding and beats at a frequency of 2.75 Hz. It’s limited to 200 pieces and is price on request.

Price and Specs:

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm John Mayer Limited Edition
Ref: 26574BC.OO.1220BC.02
Case: 41mm diameter x 9.5mm thickness, 18k white gold
Dial: Blue 'crystal sky' dial
Water resistance: 20m (2 bar)
Movement: Audemars Piguet calibre 5134, automatic, 38 jewels
Frequency: 19,800 vph (2.75 Hz)
Power reserve: 40h
Functions: Hours, minutes, perpetual calendar
Strap: 18k white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp
Price: Price on request, limited to 200 pieces

Audemars Piguet Sand Gold Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm Sand Gold 26735SG OO 1320SG 01

The big news here is the launch of a new proprietary alloy of gold, which Audemars Piguet are calling sand gold. It falls on the spectrum between white gold and pink gold, which results in a very pale yellow tone. It’s an 18-carat alloy consisting of gold, copper and palladium that’s designed to be less susceptible to discolouration than other types of gold.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm Sand Gold 26735SG OO 1320SG 01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm Sand Gold 26735SG OO 1320SG 01

This new allow has been introduced on the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm, a model first released in 2022. It measures 41mm in diameter and features a skeletonised dial revealing the calibre 2972. It’s a pretty stunning movement with a 65-hour power reserve and automatic winding. It’s also interesting to see the three-dimensional architecture created in matching sand gold instead of the traditional materials used in movements.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm Sand Gold 26735SG OO 1320SG 01

As you’d expect from a watch with such intense skeletonization and haute horological flying tourbillon calibre, the Sand Gold Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm is price on request.

Price and Specs:

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked 41mm Sand Gold
Ref: 26735SG.OO.1320SG.01
Case: 41mm diameter x 10.6mm thickness, 18k sand gold
Dial: Openworked
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Audemars Piguet calibre 2972, automatic, 27 jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 65h
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Strap: 18k sand gold bracelet with AP folding clasp
Price: Price on request

More details at Audemars Piguet.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.