One of the oldest watchmakers in the world, Audemars Piguet is celebrating its special relationship with Thailand by unveiling an inspired new timepiece — the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Thailand Edition. Designed especially for Thailand, the limited edition timepiece is certain to be a collector’s fancy, given that only 20 pieces of the model have been created.
Showcasing a bright red colour theme that was designed to be reminiscent of Thailand’s flag, the 18-carat white gold watch features a large, crimson ‘Grande Tapisserie’ dial with a red bezel, both of which form a striking background for the blue and white counters specifying the days, dates and months. The indices and hour/minute hands are white gold.
Marking the uniqueness of the watch, the caseback has an engraving with the words ‘Quantieme Perpetuel Limited Edition of 20 Pieces’. And for that occasion when one might feel like adding some additional colour, the watch also offers extra straps in red or blue.
This is not the first time that the Swiss luxury brand has paid special attention to Thailand. In fact, it was way back in 1950 that Audemars Piguet sold its first perpetual calendar watch to an admiring customer from Bangkok. That watch, known as Model 5516, went on to become an iconic piece in the manufacturer’s rich legacy of timepieces, as only 12 specimens of it were ever created.
In 2008, the horologer designed and introduced a 50-piece limited edition collection of their first Royal Oak series in celebration of the then Thai monarch’s 80th birthday. And in 2013, the elegant Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Siam, featuring a royal white elephant on the caseback, was launched; again, specifically for the Thai market.
Much like these memorable watches, the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is also expected to take a place of pride in what is clearly a meaningful relationship between the watchmaker and the country.
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is priced at THB3,622,700, and is available for purchase at the Audemars Piguet Boutique, G Floor, Central Embassy, Bangkok; 02-160-5838.