If you choose stainless steel, you get a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin replica watch with a straight genetic link to 1972. The case and bracelet are still hand-finished with Genta’s mixture of satin brushing and polishing to the case, bracelet and bezel chamfers. You also get the now-iconic Petite Tapisserie dial. This one comes in a Bleu Nuit, ‘Nuage 50’ hue. The firm originally behind the colour was Geneva-based dial maker Stern Frères, but today AP makes each dial in-house. Just as in the 1970s, though, to create the depth of hue needed, the dial maker has to immerse each dial in a galvanic bath for just the right amount of time.
Not long enough and you get a purple dial. Grab a quick coffee and leave it too long and your dial turns out black. To hit the desired colour you not only need to be a properly time-served dial maker, you need the bath to be at just the right temperature with the right mix of chemicals too. Originally, to protect the finish you’d apply a thin layer of varnish mixed with a few drops of No 50 black colour to the newly minted dial. Today, Cheap Audemars Piguet Replica uses physical vapour deposition to give an even spread of colour.
The 18-carat pink gold watch comes with a smoked grey dial, while the 18-carat yellow gold version’s dial is a dark, smoked yellow gold. Platinum, on the other hand, gets a smoked green sunburst finish. If you’re of a certain age and enjoy your motorcycles, you might even be reminded of the wonderful smoked paint finishes on BMW’s R100RS luxury sports tourer, a contemporary of the Royal Oak.
The dial is as much part of the Royal Oak’s look as Genta’s diving helmet porthole case. It’s not the sort of thing one could just stamp out by the dozen, either. When Stern Frères made the original dials, it did it with a guilloché machine. This hand-turned gadget allows the craftsman to carve out hundreds of the Audemars Piguet Replica Watches China trademark tiny, truncated square pyramid shapes on the dial from a copy-master.
The new 33 jewel movement has taken AP’s team five years to develop and they’ve managed to shoehorn in more new technology with a bigger mainspring barrel, a quick-date corrector and an in-house designed twin-reverser on the winding weight so it can wind in both directions. That chunkier mainspring barrel means the new Replica Watches Online movement stays accurate for longer as it doesn’t need to deal with power decay from the mainspring in the same way.
As well as being a thing of engineering beauty, the new movement is something of an aesthetic winner too. Look at the way the two-point mounted balance bridge reflects the bridge holding the mainspring barrel; it gives the movement real visual unity. And that’s without the final touches; the 268 parts are variously finished with Côtes de Genève, anglage and circular graining.
This sort of watchmaking and visual pernicketiness extends even to the winding weight. As you’d expect by now, it reflects the same brushing and polishing as the case. But for this anniversary year, Quality Audemars Piguet Replica will also fit each watch with a special openworked oscillating weight in 22-carat gold with a “50 years” logo and an engraved Audemars Piguet signature. The colour of the weight even matches the metal of the case. Neat.