Watch Of The Day: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual CalendarWritten by Joshua Yap
For those who have yet to pull the trigger on acquiring a Royal Oak, this piece might just provide the extra nudge. Causing a furore among fans during its SIHH 2017 debut, it is the first full-ceramic model of the family. This might not sound like a big deal, but trust us, it is. The high-tech material, which is resistance to scratches and high temperatures, is notoriously difficult to work with. For instance, it takes AP specialists 30 hours to machine, polish, finish, and assemble a single ceramic bracelet. As icing on the cake, its in-house automatic calibre is on display via a sapphire crystal caseback.
Though he wasn’t inducted into the world of watch journalism by choice, Joshua was hooked by mechanical horological wonders in no time. Although he personally favours modestly sized, no-nonsense timepieces, he sometimes misses the outrageous mind-bogglers of the pre-Credit Crunch years. As he dreams of owning a modern haute horlogerie watch one day, he’s currently content scouring the Internet for vintage value buys.