Review – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic, One of the Hottest Watches of 2017

By rolex
April 7, 2021
4 min read

Somehow the data spilled out not long before SIHH 2017 – Audemars Piguet would introduce its first all-ceramic watch (arm band included) during the Geneva reasonable, an all-black form of the famous Perpetual Calendar Royal Oak. As anyone might expect this news quickly made a buzz of energy among authorities, in light of the fact that unmistakably, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic is hot.

So what’s the serious deal? The dispatch of the most current variant of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar (26574) in 2015 had established the pace. Audemars Piguet was rebirthing the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, refining the embodiment of two brand symbols (the Royal Oak and the Perpetual calendar) into another, cutting edge point of view. This slim watch is worked around the type 5134, a super slender programmed perpetual calendar development dependent on the famous type 2120 (found in the first 1972 Royal Oak, when made by LeCoultre, presently delivered in-house). As consistently with Audemars Piguet, the 26574 shows some truly amazing tender loving care throughout.

The Royal Oak goes black

The new reference 26579CE is the principal all-ceramic (case and arm band) watch from the brand and, most definitely, it has an incredible look. Past the advanced black style, ceramic is probably the hardest material used to make cases however it is likewise light and wearable.

The expressed point by Audemars Piguet is to complete its ceramic case and wristband to a similar norm as that of a steel Royal Oak. Not a simple accomplishment using any and all means, and one that was just made conceivable following 600 hours of R&D. The completing of the wristband alone requires 30 hours, which is five time longer than for the steel variant. The outcome is outwardly shocking, this is effectively a standout amongst other ceramic arm bands I have at any point seen (and I’ve seen many… )

Everything about this watch feels extremely exact. The design of the arm band is surely great. As proper for a Royal Oak, not a solitary connection is by all accounts the very same size. This doesn’t make fabricating simple and this is a further show of the brand’s ethic of no-compromise – particularly when you realize the various advances associated with creating ceramic parts.

The dial comes in a record dim “grande tapisserie” design (a practice for this symbol and it is made in-house), with white lettering, aside from the red 31. Its spotless design shows the day, date, month, jump year and moon stage. Everything is relative and in the ideal spot. It likewise shows the week, a somewhat irregular however very reasonable component, imprinted in a spine revolving around the dial.

The applied hour markers are white gold. The gold “cudgel” hands include glowing material. The moon stage is basically extraordinary with outrageous enumerating and highlights a laser miniature organized moon laid on an elegant sky made of aventurine.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is worked around the type 5134, much the same as its steel or gold kin. This super slim (4.31mm) programmed development is 29.00 mm in measurement and flaunts 40 hours of force hold. Its equilibrium has variable inactivity squares and runs at an abnormal 19’800 vibration for every hour.

To upgrade winding productivity, the openwork gold swaying weight is guided by a fringe ring moving on four ruby sprinters to lessen grating. The completion is first class, with Geneva stripes, roundabout graining and magnificent slopes. The cosmic moon requires amendment like clockwork and 317 days.

At 41 mm in breadth and 9.5 mm thick, the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar wears amazingly well – recollect that we’re discussing a games watch, with a complex development, and having a sub-10mm case is great. The arm band is super-adaptable and comfortable. It is both energetic and rich. Immortal yet present day, it makes certain to draw some attention.

The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in ceramic is a store selective and will be hard to come by. At CHF 85,000, it is most likely not for each pocket, but rather this beautiful watch has everything necessary to get you to disregard the sticker price. For more data, visit .

edited 18-08-2019