Dubbed “The Chocolate AP”, this 41 mm model is crafted in brown ceramic — a first. Audemars Piguet has always fostered creative partnerships in varying spaces. The Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer previously collaborated with Jay Z, LeBron James, Marvel, Carolina Bucci, and this is the latest in their exciting venture.
“Watchmaking, to me, is the ultimate combo of engineering, fashion, tech and design—a harmony of precision, craftsmanship and perfect timing. I approached this collaboration similar to sampling or starting a beat, taking inspiration from classics while introducing innovation to push them into the future,” the 32-year-old rapper said.
Through a closer look, you’ll notice subtle touches that nods the colors and visual cues of Cactus Jack, Scott’s creative multi-arm company. There are white gold hexagonal screws as well as a sapphire dial revealing the openworked architecture of Calibre 5135. The movement automatically takes into account the number of days in the month and correctly displays the prevailing date even in leap years.
The Audemars Piguet Design team has specially designed the typography of the calendar and week indications based on Travis Scott’s hand-drawn model. Even the hand of the day subdial takes on the shape of the brand’s logo. But, the most visible nod is the design of the moon phase at 6 o’clock. The usual representation of Earth’s natural satellite has been replaced by Cactus Jack’s emblematic smiley face with its mouth sewn shut, whose luminescent coating glows blue in the dark.
The subdials also play on transparency so as to reveal part of the movement. The hour, minute and counters hands, like the hour-markers inserted within the seconds scale, are crafted in gold and covered with brown PVD before being filled with a white luminescent material that turns blue in the dark. The red arrow-shaped hand indicating the week accentuates legibility in daylight.
The caseback is engraved with “Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar,” “Limited Edition of 200 Pieces” and “Utopia is a state of mind” in reference to Travis Scott’s latest album. This mention also appears printed on one of the strap’s mobile loops. The Cactus Jack logo, which appears in the centre of the oscillating weight, brings the final touch to this collaboration at the crossroads of diverse universes.
Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked “Cactus Jack”
Movement Calibre 5135 Self-Winding, Frequency: 2.75Hz or 19,800 vibrations/hour, 29mm diameter, 4.5mm thickness, 38 Jewels
Case Material Ceramic, 41mm in diameter, 9.9mm in thickness, Skeleton dial color, applied indexes
Water Resistance 20m
Strap/Bracelet Brown calfskin leather strap with textured jeans effect, pink gold clasp engraved with “Audemars Piguet” and “Travis Scott” signatures
Functions Perpetual calendar with week indication, day, date, astronomical moon, month, leap year, hours and minutes.
Power Reserve 40 hours
Price: MYR940,000 ; 200 pieces limited edition