Audemars Piguet Royal Oak double balance
Over the last 50 years, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak wristwatch has undergone many iterations, from time only examples like the iconic reference 5402 released in 1972, to grand complication repeating models, to more precision-oriented models such as the Royal Oak with double balance wheel movement first released in 2016. The brand has been at the forefront of innovative mechanical development, advancing precision timekeeping. The present reference 15416CE is a wonderful of 21st-century expression of form and function with the masterful movement complimented by the avant-garde ceramic case.
This skeletonized model is engineered with the automatic caliber 3132 - a blackened movement featuring double balance wheels secured with a pink gold balance bridge. With this ingenious design, the two balance wheels and their two hairsprings are mounted on the same axis allowing them to oscillate in synchrony, enabling greater inertia and more stable timekeeping. The timepiece is enhanced by the superb and rare, black ceramic case and bracelet. Similar to mechanical innovation, Audemars Piguet is renowned for developing and using advanced case materials, first using ceramic in 2017 with the ceramic Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. The advantage of ceramic is it is highly durable, comfortable and extremely scratch resistant. It is a new aesthetic that has become popular amongst collectors.