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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 50th Anniversary

The Royal Oak is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and for a watch that has become a design icon, Audemars Piguet is appropriately marking the occasion with a stunning new collection of timepieces. For the enthusiasts, the big release will undoubtedly be the new 16202 (above), an evolution of the popular 15202, which maintains everything you love about the "Jumbo" but with a new dial design and a new movement. The 39mm watch's new 7121 movement has a higher power reserve at 55 hours and for this year's models, each movement will feature a special 50th-anniversary rotor. 

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Next up is the first-ever Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked. The watch shows off the stunning Caliber 2972 movement, a streamlined construction that does away with any extraneous material via precision CNC and EDM machining to create the complex structure that makes up the 2972 movement. The watch features 41mm stainless case and the movement has a power reserve of 65 hours. 

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Another highlight is the Royal Oak Chronograph, which comes in 38mm and 41mm case sizes in both steel or pink gold. The watches design receives some slight tweaks that include enlarged bezels on the top and bottom of the case, a more integrated caseback that allows for a more comfortable fit on the wrist, and the bracelet's first four links have a trapezoid shape and the links have been slimmed down to improve ergonomics and comfort. The 38mm model is powered by Caliber 2385, which has a power reserve of 40 hours and the 41mm model contains the Caliber 4401 movement with a 70-hour power reserve.  

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Other notable models include a 37mm model (above) with a Caliber 5900 movement, a new Jumbo Extra-Thin Openworked with a 7124 movement, and a new range of 41mm Selfwinding Flying Tourbillons with new options in pink gold, stainless steel, and titanium. 


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