A timepiece is truly a wonder. In such small items, inventors and designers are able to innovate to new heights and come up with new and exciting machinery that are as beautiful as they are technologically advanced. Years of research and development culminate in pieces that are beguiling in their exteriors but is already a peek into the future in terms of function and practicality. This very idea is present in one of Audemars Piguet’s newest models, the Royal Oak RD#2 Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar.
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Release Date: January 2018
Price: Not Available
The Royal Oak RD#2 Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar was actually one of the first watches presented during SIHH 2018 last January. With its sleek designs and innovative functions, it caught the eyes of many critics, clients, and enthusiasts alike. Since it’s a concept watch, it’s currently not available for public purchase and no price has been made available.
- Diameter: 41mm
- Movement: Automatic
- Water Resistant: 20 meters
- Power Reserve: 40 hours
- Frequency: 2.75 Hz
- Strap: 950 platinum
- Buckle: Folding clasp
The horology industry is all the rage about this revolutionary model, which boasts the thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar in existence. With only 6.3mm in thickness of the case, and just 2.89mm for the movement, the sensationally-sleek model packs in a number innovations. The record-breaking watch is also adapted to accurately tell the date through all the months, from the shortest 30-days to the longer 31-days as well as the special 28-day February with an extra day for leap year every four years. The model is also made more interesting by its inviting silver and cobalt blue colorway which is a sophisticated and subdued combination of elegant hues.
As one of the thinnest watches to ever get made, it’s actually quite a heavy item. If one expects it to be as light as it seems, they’re bound to be disappointed. Its unorthodox weight is a testament to how Audemars Piguet really pushed the limits on what is possible for a fine timepiece in this day and age. Additionally, its thinness also opens it to more vulnerability. The Royal Oak RD#2 Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar is quite fragile and is more so appropriate to be admired from afar than to be worn on the wrist. And since it’s only a concept watch that is not available for consumer purchase, this will most likely be the case.