Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph With Smoked Dial (SIHH 2018)
The iconic Royal Oak Chronograph now with a smoked slate grey dial... in full platinum attire.
Now that the big stress linked to the opening of SIHH 2018 is gone, it is time for us to look at some of the less important novelties. Alongside the RD#2 (the thinnest automatic QP ever), Audemars has many other watches to show in the 2018 collection, including this one, a new version of the Royal Oak Chronograph with a smoked slate grey dial. Nothing revolutionary here, just a cool looking watch – but not for every pocket though.
Not all the watches presented in the SIHH 2018 collections are to be seen as highlights. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as most of the new models are just variations of existing timepieces. This doesn’t prevent us from being pleased by some of them, however. This is exactly what happened with this new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ref. 26332PT. It is just cool… Already known for sure, but still cool.
This new iteration is based on the updated version of the Royal Oak Chronograph presented at the SIHH 2017 – which itself is basically an update of an existing model, adding new two-tone dials. For the rest, this watch is equal to the model presented at the SIHH 2012, featuring an enlarged case – going from 39mm to 41mm. However, the Royal Oak Chronograph ref. 26332PT you see in this article has been revised on two sides: the case and the dial.
First and foremost, it now features a smoked slate grey dial with contrasting black sub-counters. It is called smoked because it shows a gradient colour, going from light grey in the centre to almost black on the periphery – something that we’ve seen on the RO Extra-Thin 15202 too, albeit with a blue dial. It is nothing revolutionary and is indeed just a new colour for the dial, but admittedly it looks superb.
The second new feature on this Royal Oak Chronograph ref. 26332PT concerns the case – and that is not the best news ever, at least financially-speaking. Indeed, this new version features a case and a bracelet entirely crafted in 950 platinum. Be sure that it will be quite a heavy watch on the wrist. Inside is a known movement, the Calibre 2385, based on the Piguet 1185 architecture. It is an automatic, integrated chronograph with column-wheel.
Price… Let’s say you’ll pay for quite an amount of platinum, at CHF 112,000. More details on audemarspiguet.com.