Audemars Piguet ‘s history with black ceramic goes back a long way: the first external ceramic components were implemented in the late 1980s. More than thirty years later we present the Royal Oak Self Winding 34 mm Black Ceramic, the first watch in the collection to use this uncomplicated high-end material in a feminine size.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 34 mm Black Ceramic

Audemars Piguet and ceramics

It was at the beginning of this century that the industry began to investigate further with new materials and alloys inspired by fields as diverse as aeronautics and motorsports. Audemars Piguet focused this experimentation on the Royal Oak Offshore and Royal Oak Concept, whose first fruit was the Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello Chronograph II presented in 2006: the bezel, pushers and crown were made of black ceramic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 34 mm Black Ceramic

It was not until 2011 that the Le Brassus-based brand launched its first ceramic case with the spectacular 48 mm Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Chronograph. After the precious ceramic Royal Oak Offshore Diver born in 2013, black ceramic took on a more refined look when, in 2017, it made its appearance in the Royal Oak collection with a perpetual calendar version. For the first time in the Manufacture’s history, the watch also featured a bracelet entirely crafted in black ceramic while retaining all of its characteristics for which it is a global icon, including its combination of brushed and polished surfaces, its sharp angles and dimensions.

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Zirconium oxide powder (ZrO2) is transformed into ceramic through a complex industrial process that requires several stages of high-precision machining. The exact composition of the ceramic remains the secret of its manufacturers. Colour pigments are added to the powder prior to the manufacturing process, making it an integral part of the material, which acquires its final colour once sintered (the process of fusing a powdered material into a solid or porous mass by heating without liquefaction) at over 1400 degrees Celsius. Achieving homogeneous color across all components presents an additional challenge as the pigments are extremely sensitive to temperature variations.

34 mm Royal Oak in black ceramic

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Black Ceramic 34 mm is the first all-black ceramic Royal Oak for women. Ref. No. 77350CE.OO.1266CE.01, its elegant aesthetic is enhanced by rose gold accents that create a refined, versatile and timeless two-tone contrast.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 34 mm Black Ceramic

The aesthetic beauty of the black ceramic is complemented by the technical complexity of its realization, as each watch requires manual manufacturing processes and finishing. Due to its 34mm diameter, the composition and manufacture of this rigid material has had to be adapted to the reduced size of the watch without compromising the proportions, aesthetic codes and finishes of the Royal Oak.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 34 mm Black Ceramic