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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual-Time 26120ST Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/audemars-piguet The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual-Time 26120ST offers a solution for those who prefer to retain the essential proportions of Gerald Genta’s seminal 1972 Royal Oak but enjoy useful complications. With a 39mm stainless steel case, a second time zone, a power reserve gauge, and a profile that would make Genta himself proud, the Royal Oak Dual-Time is a “just right” blend of AP’s Royal Oak and the magic of complicated watchmaking. As with all Audemars Piguet Royal Oak models, the hand-finished case, bezel, and bracelet are of museum quality. All sheer edges are tamed with manual files and polishing implements. There’s real craft excellence evident in the tapering chamfer of the case top and the seamless steps of the conforming bracelet links. A double-deployant clasp of matching quality boasts no fewer than three distinct metal finishes, and its twin-trigger release action ensures outstanding security on the wrist. Naturally, 40+ years of crafting Royal Oak bracelets has apprised AP’s artisans of ideal ergonomic finish to match the visuals; the Royal Oak Dual-Time’s integrated bracelet wears with the comfort of silk. An Audemars Piguet “waffle” or “hobnail” blue dial exhibits the “grand tapisserie” cut pattern that is reserved for the traditional Royal Oak models. Produced by Stern Creations (yes, the Patek Philippe Sterns) these intricately-cut dials are mesmerizing to examine under a loupe, and each one is created on an anachronistic “pantograph” engine that wouldn’t look out of place in the original 1875 workshop of Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet. Audemars Piguet integrates the secondary functions in a fashion that maximizes their legibility and enhances the visual intrigue of the dial. The power reserve gauge, second time zone, its adjacent AM/PM indication, and the date dial are clear individually, but their arrangement amounts to calculated asymmetry. The Royal Oak Dual-Time’s deliberate and deft visual imbalance captivates the mind and arrests the eye. While perfectly balanced dials can be handsome, they fail to grip the mind with the force of deliberate dissonance. This charismatic complication seizes and holds the imagination. thewatchbox.com is proud to offer this outstanding stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual-Time 26120ST. See it in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.