Audemars Piguet released Royal Oak Chronograph 25860 in 1997. The very first ROC retained a small footprint within a 39mm case and an uncompromised Royal Oak case that was a mere 11mm thick thanks to the F. Piguet 1185 based caliber 2385 inside. The watch has seen relatively few changes since it was introduced the biggest of which was moving from that 39mm case, to a 41mm case (and then to a 38mm case).
Audemars Piguet released Royal Oak Chronograph in 41mm alongside the newly introduced 38mm replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph, the reference 26315. Those models are just beginning to hit the market, and we hope to go hands on with one soon so keep an eye out for that. Until then, we’re all about this ROC reference 26331 with blue ‘Grand Tapisserie’ dial.
The dial itself features the brands famous Grande Tapisserie pattern, finished in blue in this case, beset with rhodium colored sub dials to serving the chronograph complications. The contrast is striking and the color refreshing and vibrant. The case is integrated with the bracelet, with the lugs making a bent at a straight 45 degree angle. When viewed top down, the case of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph replica is completely flat, the crystal and the bottom of the case run parallel from edge to edge.
Audemars Piguet released Royal Oak Chronograph for the 20th anniversary. New dials with increased size of the sub dials, short but wider hour markers and a re-located date window. On top of that all, Audemars Piguet added some luminescent coating to the hour markers for better readability. The pink gold models are available on pink gold bracelet, but also with a strap.
The replica Audemars Piguet released Royal Oak Chronograph is a beautiful watch, and worth the price of admission by any standard. The 41mm case should be welcomed alongside the 38mm option for its wearability