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AudemarsPiguet revives yellow gold class with new Perpetual Calendar model

New dials strike the perfect balance, showing day, date, month, leap year and astronomical moon phases

Hind Mustafa

Audemars Piguet launches a new model and the latest addition to its line-up of Perpetual Calendars, the 2016 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in yellow gold.

Previous models, announced just weeks earlier, feature stainless steel and rose gold, and are available with either blue or silvered dials.

The new model, reference number 36574BA, reflectsthe authentic basics of elegant luxury Swiss watchmaking by celebrating the traditional and timeless shine of yellow gold.

After the craze for pink gold – which is by all means quite elegant and classy – yellow gold presents another perspective of beauty that references older creations from the industry.

Audemars Piguet’s new Perpetual Calendars come in a larger case measuring 41 mm, up from the 39 mm seen previously. The new dials show the day, date, month, leap year and astronomical moon phases, all displayed on four evenly distributed subdials, striking the perfect balance.

Moreover, the new perpetual calendars all feature a 52-week indicator traced around the parameter of the dial; this feature was previously only seen in grand complications.

Aesthetically, the eye-catching perfect finishes of the case and the bracelet are elaborately emphasised on the yellow gold model, from the polished fronts to the bevelled and polished sides, given the larger new case.

The blue dial on the yellow gold model comes with a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, comprising decorative yet distinctive three-dimensional squares.

Meanwhile, the back of the case allows full visibility of the new self-winding calibre.