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July 28, 2020

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to present a new take on its women’s Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, which pursues the collection’s interweaving of refined feminine aesthetics and complicated micro-mechanics.

Available in 18-carat pink or white gold, the new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon combines the case’s shimmering Frosted Gold finish with a contemporary dial composed of multiple layers. For the first time, the Royal Oak Concept’s case is adorned with Frosted Gold—an ancient Florentine jewellery technique revisited by jewellery designer Carolina Bucci and adapted to adorn the Manufacture’s watches.

Tiny indentations are created on the gold surface with a diamond-tipped tool, giving a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones, like diamond dust. Superposed to the bezel’s polished bevels, this finishing highlights the watch’s design codes, while capturing attention from a distance.

The shimmering case nicely frames the multi-layered dial composed of four juxtaposed circles of increasing size and graded hues of blue emanating from the flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock. The graded nuances and sunburst motif further accentuate the dial’s depth and refinement. The flying tourbillon cage also presents a modern design with openworked gold-toned circles topped with an elegant touch of brilliant-cut diamonds. No hour-markers have been included on the dial to enhance the purity of this contemporary design.

Combining tradition and modernity, these watches are powered by hand-wound Manufacture calibre 2964. The flying tourbillon—a high-end complication compensating for the effect of gravity on a watch—is today considered as of one the greatest expressions of watchmaking art.

Only a few expert watchmakers retain the necessary skills for its realisation. The movement’s circular motif, visible through the sapphire caseback recalls the dial’s pattern. The alternation of sandblasting and satin-brushing also echoes the finishes of the Frosted Gold case and sunburst dial.

The two highly contemporary models are adorned with a blue “large square-scale” alligator strap for an elegant contrast. An additional blue textured rubber strap with constellation motif, recalling the Frosted Gold case, is also available. Both straps are complemented with a folding clasp adorned with Frosted Gold for a refined look to the slightest detail.

Technical specifications:

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon

Reference: 26630OR.GG.D326CR.01 (rose gold)

Reference: 26630BC.GG.D326CR.01 (white gold)

Case

  • Hammered 18-carat pink / white gold case
  • Glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback
  • Crown set with a translucent sapphire cabochon
  • Water-resistant to 20 meters

Dial and hands

  • Multi-layered, graded blue dial with sunburst pattern
  • Pink / white gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Movement

  • Hand-wound Manufacture Calibre 2964
  • Total diameter 29.5 mm (12 ¾ lignes)
  • Total thickness 6.63 mm
  • Number of parts: 207
  • Number of jewels: 17
  • Minimum power reserve guaranteed 72 h
  • Frequency of balance wheel 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
  • Functions: Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes

Strap and buckle

  • Hand-stitched “large-scale square” blue alligator strap with hammered 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp.
  • Additional shiny blue textured rubber strap.

MSRP: TBA

For more information, please visit audemarspiguet.com

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