Replica audemars piguet introduced the all-black royal oak perpetual calendar watch in ceramic in the year of sihh’s edition, which marked the first time the swiss watchmaker has paired this case material to this particular complication. while, different from the previous ceramic case offerings which usually came suitable for rubber or exotic leather bracelets, audemars piguet is also introducing a brand new ceramic bracelet, hand-finished to the watchmaker’s signature staggering degree of detail to perfectly complement the royal oak case.
from titanium and forged carbon to ceramic itself, audemars piguet has championed the use of exotic case materials for the better part of the last decade, so it should come as little surprise, which the brand’s expertise finally produced a matching ceramic bracelet for the replica audemars piguet royal oak. but the bracelet came complicated, so they spent almost 600 hours of research and development to investigate for the production, mainly because the true signature of an audemars piguet isn’t just the employment of exotic materials, but a mastery of finishing them with traditional top-end techniques usually reserved for metals like steel or gold. and due to the ceramic’s notorious difficulty to produce and operate, it takes a highly trained technician over 30 hours to machine, polish, hand–finish, assemble, and control this particular ceramic bracelet – over five times longer than executing the same production procedures on a standard audemars piguet royal oak stainless steel bracelet.
the end result is both seamless and sinister – delivering the same singular, unbroken aesthetic between case and bracelet which we’re used to seeing on other audemars piguet royal oak perpetual calendar offerings in steel and gold, and quite frankly, the way the watch has always been meant to be worn. in ceramic, however, the watch remains lightweight, yet just assertive enough to lend the feeling of an ultralight titanium sport watch, but one whose finishing goes to eleven.
it just wouldn’t be a royal oak without the textured “grande tapisserie” guilloche dial, nor would it be one without the applied white gold hour indices, or octagonal bezel – all of which are mandatory signatures that have collectively made this replica watch a joy to behold through the ages. the audemars piguet royal oak perpetual calendar edition gets one other neat flourish – a photorealistic rendering of the moon, as sharply contrasted against the inky black case as the real thing beaming down from a dark winter sky.