Having first developed the dual time functionality for an earlier reference, Audemars Piguet decided to marry this practical complication with their increasingly popular Royal Oak silhouette in 1992. That being said, it was confined to a 36mm case for quite a while, as this size was favoured by a wider range of clients at the time.
However, Audemars Piguet eventually integrated the complication into their “Jumbo” Royal Oak case, with this reference, the 26120. Classically sized, at 39mm in diameter, the watch resembles the original proportions of the reference 5402, within a more contemporary design. Featuring a date, dual-time and power reserve functionality, the model was discontinued around 2015. Bearing some resemblance to the dial layout of Patek Philippe's Nautilus 5712, it retains legibility and balance, despite the wealth of information displayed.
Not typically used within the Royal Oak family, the black dial on this reference 26120ST is deep and legible, integrating a range of different finishing techniques, including the “Grand Tapisserie” pattern. The different complications are displayed throughout, with the date function at 2 o'clock, the second time-zone at 6 o'clock, and the power reserve indication at 9 o'clock. A day and night indicator is also conveniently included, overlapping with the second timezone sub-dial. Subtle red accents are included throughout, bringing a welcome touch of colour to the design.
If sold within the United Kingdom, this Audemars Piguet 26120 will be subject to 20% VAT.