Hands-on with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup 2015 Limited Edition (live pics, specs & price)

June 11, 2021
6 min read

When it comes to limited edition watches, I normally don’t truly care much about the association or the purpose of them. In today’s involved audit, we give you an Audemars Piguet, a watch made in collaboration with The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) for the seventeenth Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Cup. In this way, something that I truly don’t care about. Be that as it may, what stimulates my advantage is unmistakably the watch being referred to, in light of the fact that what we have here may be extraordinary compared to other looking current AP Royal Oak Chronographs. it’s called the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup 2015 Limited Edition (sorry for the name) and here it is in the flesh.

The “new” Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph was presented in 2012 with a few enhancements and updates: another face, with more slender and longer files, a somewhat more exact example on the dial with more modest “hobnails” however primarily a bigger case, estimating 41mm versus 39mm on the more established edition. Shockingly, it uncovered to make the watch more comfortable and more adjusted, because of a superior width/stature proportion, that practically makes a more slender watch. Normally we, at Monochrome-Watches, will in general be all for downsizing yet here, it wasn’t the case: upscaling is better. While the other chronograph of the assortment, the Royal Oak Offshore , is a massive and profoundly energetic watch, this RO Chrono stays more sensitive and simple on the wrist – and that’s an inclination that is considerably more stressed with this limited edition that highlights two significant components: an elastic lash and a titanium case.

Without being definitely unique, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup 2015 Limited Edition (sorry for the name once more) changes the flavor of the watch utilized as a base. The shape stays indistinguishable however the utilization of a titanium case brings new sentiments. Most importantly, the tone is marginally unique. Evaluation 5 titanium isn’t pretty much as dim as the less expensive Grade 2 titanium we’re used to find in lower spending watches yet it is as yet more obscure than treated steel. This particular amalgam additionally permits having both cleaned and brushed surfaces, much the same as in each other editions of the Royal Oak – implying that the case is completely wrapped up. All the level surfaces are brushed and all the edges, both on the flanks of the case and on the bezel, are reflect cleaned. The other favorable position of utilizing titanium for the case is to make a lightweight watch – on the grounds that it must be said, the Royal Oak in hardened steel is rather hefty on the wrist. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup 2015 Limited Edition is then again light and adjusted. At long last, titanium is more impervious to scratches (something that is in every case great to know when you have a 20.000 + watch on the wrist).

Then you have this elastic tie, which I’ve consistently seen as a blasphemy on the AP RO (in any event on the old style Royal Oak, not on the Royal Oak Offshore). The utilization of this lash was for me completely immaterial and was somewhat destroying the first plan of the watch. This was valid until I’ve attempted this edition. It’s difficult for me to let it out, yet this titanium edition looks appropriately great on elastic. Get it very well may be the shading combination. Combining the bigger distance across with such a lash provides for this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph a much more fragile and slight profile and even on my rather little wrist, it was entirely set up and comfortable (and light of course).

What take part to the magnificence of this edition is additionally the essence of the watch, with a two-tone dim dial that coordinates the case and the lash. This edition plays on a few shades of dim (not 50 shades, do no concern). The monochromatic look and the sub-dials/minute-track coordinating with the lash truly work in the tissue. The rest stays 100% comparable to the typical edition, with an old style tri-compax design and a date window at 4h30. The work done on the dial is, as on all the Royal Oak watches, wonderful. This “grande tapisserie” design is acquired by hand guillochage (motor turned), which means a machine constrained by hand that is made to make round examples – and here is the strength of AP, that are capable to obtain squares. The nearby beneath permits to perceive how this example is achieved.

Under the dial ticks the Caliber 2385, an incorporated self-winding chronograph development constrained by a section wheel (in view of a Frederic Piguet ébauche – and not the particular but rather in-house calibre 3126 that is utilized in the  Royal Oak Offshore ). This development has a recurrence of 21,600 vibrations each hour and a 40-hour power hold. It is brightened with cleaned inclined points, a gold rotor, Geneva stripes and roundabout graining – something that you won’t have the option to see, due the strong caseback.

Again, I should say that I’m not intrigued or intrigued by the name of this limited edition or the association that is behind. It’s not my thing. In any case, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup 2015 Limited Edition itself is a stunner that by one way or another changed a portion of my predisposition about the utilization of elastic ties or bigger breadths. Furthermore, the tones utilized are appropriately excellent and make this superb watch significantly more attractive. Price: 27.400 Euros – limited to 200 pieces.  www.audemarspiguet.com . ( more subtleties on the dedicated page of Audemars Piguet’s site – and more insights concerning the association here , cause not at all like me and my negative behavior patterns, some of you may – and ought to – have some interest in the reasons of this limited edition)

Specifications

MOVEMENT

  • Selfwinding Caliber 2385
  • Total width: 26.20 mm
  • Total thickness: 5.50 mm
  • Number of parts: 304
  • Number of rubies: 37
  • Minimum power save: 40 hours
  • Frequency of equilibrium wheel: 21,600 vibrations/hour

FUNCTION

  • Chronograph
  • Hours, minutes, little seconds and date

CASE

  • 41mm titanium case and bezel
  • Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
  • Caseback engraved with the legend “QE II Cup 2015 – Limited Edition”
  • Screw-bolted crown
  • Water-impervious to 50 m

DIAL

  • Silver-tone dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern
  • Grey ruthenium counters and external zone
  • White gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with radiant coating

BRACELET

  • Grey elastic tie with titanium AP collapsing clasp
  • Comes with an extra dark crocodile leather strap

Limited Edition of 200 – Reference Number: 26327TI.OO.D004CA.01