There are two colours of scratch-resistant ceramics which are simple to create for watches: black and white. Since the black version of 2017, the chance of there being an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Watch Replica White Ceramic improved tremendously — and lo and behold, here it is. Where many vintage watches reimagined in white ceramic are softened by a traditional, or off-setting, strap, this AP pulls no punches. In reality, it melts horological haymakers in your sensory cortex as a result of its fully integrated bracelet — and the simple fact that each exterior component, albeit crafted from ceramic, is completed to the same criteria as we had gotten accustomed to from AP’s famously high-end steel and gold cases and bracelets.
The thing with ceramic ceramic is that it’s barely ever really white. It’s much warmer than that, a fact that leads some to call it”plastic” — though we’ll give everyone the benefit of doubt and say they’d probably not make the same evaluation if seeing said ceramic watches at the metal ceramic. It isn’t cream, or ecru, or another sort of off-white, but it does have a weird sense of chromatic depth that saves it from appearing overly plasticky on the wrist. And in a pleasantly reserved 41mm-wide from 9.5mm-tall, this case is not only the very same proportions because its less avant-garde range-mates, but it’s also consciously subtler than one might anticipate.
1 area that surprised me at first glance is that the dial. I had only assumed that Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Watch Replica would decide on a white-on-white colorway to really hammer home the flagrant whiteness of this watch and bracelet. Instead, the brand decided to team that the hyper-showy case with something a bit more debonair.