Hands-On With The One-Of-A-Kind Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton For The Kidz Horizon Charity

On September 1, 2012 a unique, 41 mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton will be auctioned at the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore. All proceeds going to Kidz Horizon, a charity that helps terminally ill children.

Inside is the skeletonised cal. 2139, but what makes this unique is the 41 mm case (the RO skeleton is usually 39 mm). Despite the increase in the case size, the proportions still look good. In fact the large case brings it closer to the proportions of the classic Royal Oak Jumbo (which I really love) which is wide and flat. The movement is done in a style suited to the aesthetic of the watch – all grey and ruthenium coated. This style of skeletonisation is in fashion now, so Chopard has done it with its LUC Skeletec as well. Finishing is well done and in the AP style, with very obvious, diamond cut anglage. The underside of the balance wheel is unfinished, which is almost always the case even with high-end watches, but on a skeleton watch it’s a niggling shortcoming.

Besides the enlarged size, also unusual is the material – titanium with a cermet bezel. The bezel is glossy and smooth, almost glass-like, providing a nice contrast to the brushed titanium case.

For added contrast the hands and indices are in pink gold.

The case back and presentation box are also customised for this unique piece.

Those interested to support a good cause can contact Kidz Horizon.

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