What on earth happened to this Royal Oak? The answer is Japan, but the international watch community was taken aback earlier this week when an Audemars Piguet limited-edition titanium salmon dial Perpetual Calendar ref. 26615TI.OO.1220TI.01 surfaced online apparently out of nowhere.
According to Hodinkee, just 150 copies of the watch were available in Japan, with 100 sold through the renowned Japanese boutique Yoshida and the remainder dispersed to dealers around the nation. AP subsequently disclosed in a message that a further 150 units will be distributed internationally.
The watch itself is stunning, with a titanium case measuring 41 millimeters in diameter and 9.5 millimeters in height and a much sought-after salmon “Grande Tapisserie” pattern dial that will be the envy of collectors and aficionados everywhere. The caliber 5134 is at its core, driving a perpetual calendar that displays the week, day of the week, date, astronomical moon, month, leap year, hours, and minutes. It features a 40-hour power reserve and is made up of 374 separate components and 38 diamonds.