PuristSPro's 2010 SIHH Live Reporting by Z3
Audemars Piguet 2010 Novelties
Ok, you've been waiting for the press, and now you have seen the press and the specs, and here are the live ones! There are a lot of things going on this year, so I will keep the descriptions short and sweet.
Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph
The Royal Oak Offshore in 37mm (note that they are not called "ladies ROO", which means that they could be considered "mid-size" ROOs. The ones without the diamond bezels certainly look like a miniature version of the regular ROOs)
Comparisons with a regular size 42mm ROO.
Comparative wrist shots:
Standard ROO 42mm
In a nutshell, the 37mm doesn't do it for me (but then again, I am a 6 feet 2, 200 lb+ guy). However, I've long heard that many East Asian collectors have complained about the large 42mm ROO case, so the 37mm might be a solution.
Royal Oak Calendar (date, day of the week) in SS and RG
Now, for many of us, the star of the show - the ROO Grand Prix!
In forged carbon (1750 pieces), rose gold (650 pieces), and platinum (95 pieces). Although 1750 pieces are quite a lot for a "limited edition", I am not a bit surprised if all of those are sold off instantly.
To be honest, there are MANY details for the Grand Prix, everything from the case, the dial, the bezel (check out the recessed screws), the polishing work, the crown and push buttons, the strap (made with calf skin and alcantara), and the display back (the only other ROO w/ display back since Montoya) featuring a specially decorated movement.
The movement is AP's in house automatic chronograph movement 3126/3840, of course.
Wrist shots of the forged carbon Grand Prix: Quite light and the alcantara strap feels very comfortable.
RO Skeleton, in SS and RG
RO Equation of Time, in SS and RG.
ROO Diver (certified, by NIHS 92-11, ISO 6425, to be officially called a diver's watch. water resistant to 300m. Thicker and feels more sturdy than the ROO Scuba)
Millenary Quincy Jones w/ blacked steel
Jules Audemars Perpetual Calendar in RG.
Millenary Chronograph in RG
Jules Audemars Automatic, with skeleton rotor. Very simple and elegant.
Another 2 watches for some people to get excited about: The New York 57th street boutique ROO Limited Edition. Ladies in 150 pieces, Gent's in 250 pieces (steel case, rubber bezel, leather strap, rose gold hands and indices).
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to shoot the ROO Tourbillon Chronograph. Hope to see it soon.
All in all, AP introduced many wearable pieces this year. My personal favorites are the Jules Audemars Perpetual Calendar, and the Grand Prix in forged carbon.
What are yours?
Hope you enjoyed the photos.
P.S. Please excuse me if I can't respond to questions in time, as I am literally up to my neck with work with minimal sleep. I will get back to you guys when I return to the U.S. Thanks for your kind understanding.This message has been edited by Z3 on 2010-01-20 18:31:57 This message has been edited by ThomasM on 2010-01-22 09:38:17