Introducing The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon
There are not many watchmakers who can go full scale like Audemars Piguet can go hard and fast. A few brands work in making high complications in-house; others are known for their eye-getting dial and case plans; others yet are characterized by the manners by which they push the limits of what current watchmaking can be. AP can do every one of the three, and when they unite these methodologies into a solitary watch, the outcomes are bewildering. The new Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon is only that. At the point when I originally saw a photograph, I expressed a perceptible “hold up” at my MacBook.
The watch begins with AP’s more modest 38.5mm Concept case ( which we’ve seen utilized here previously ) and gives it an absolutely new treatment with the iced finish created in a joint effort with diamond setter Carolina Bucci. The highest point of the bezel and the highest points of the etched hauls have this particular completion, while the edge of the bezel is cleaned and the sides of the case are brushed. This blend of completions is truly striking, and I’d envision that it gives the watch a huge load of visual interest in the metal. Taking things considerably further is the multi-step blue dial that slides into the case, zeroing in your eye on the flying tourbillon at six o’clock, with its carriage made of concentric ovals and studded with a 19 splendid cut jewels. You have your decision of a white-gold case or a pink-gold case, however both have a similar dial and tourbillon treatment.
One of my #1 pieces of the watch, however, is the completion on the converse of the type 2964, created with Renaud & Papi (once in the past APRP and an auxiliary of AP, making the development “in-house”). We get another reverberation of that concentric oval example from the dial and the tourbillon confine, with raised, cleaned rings contrasting an iced, gunmetal-hued ground. It is not difficult to be enticed by lavish, high-contrast completing for a watch this way, however I like that AP chose to restrain it a piece and go for something somewhat more subtle.
The Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon is just accessible through Audemars Piguet’s shops, which is a pattern we’ve seen with a considerable lot of AP’s most energizing deliveries throughout the most recent couple of years. Pre-orders are open now, and the watches will begin conveying this fall. This is certifiably not a restricted release; be that as it may, creation will be restricted, and I’d envision this will not be the most effortless watch to score.
This isn’t a watch for everybody. On the off chance that you discover the Concept case to be excessively forceful, in the event that you don’t care for jewels on your watches, or if that iced gold completion bugs you, I don’t believe I will have the option to persuade you to reexamine. What’s more, that is alright. It’s incredible, indeed. The reason for the Concept watches is to give AP a spot to investigation and attempt new things, to push their specialized abilities and tasteful limits. By and by, I burrow this watch, yet I would thoroughly comprehend in the event that you feigned exacerbation when you saw it.
Where I think things get truly fascinating is the point at which you place this watch close to something like the [Re]master01 . These are two perfect inverse articulations of Audemars Piguet’s center competencies, and I think they make a pleasant discourse with each other about what current watchmaking can be. On the off chance that everything we do is look to the past, there’s no future; on the off chance that we don’t regard the past and attempt to draw on its best exercises, we may give up some extraordinary things. This is the place where AP, as I would like to think, excels.
As far as the stray pieces of the Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon go, I have very little to complain about. I could want for a rendition without jewels or a variant with various hands, yet that would be a very surprising watch out and out. Else, I’ve generally loved the iced gold completion, and I think the 38.5mm Concept case is completely amazing (the bigger Concept watches are too large for me, so I’m only cheerful there’s a Concept case I could really appreciate). Considerably more than the development completing I referenced over, my main thing from this watch is that new dial. It’s hard to get a full handle on it in these press images, so stay tuned for live photographs when I can find myself mixed up with a store to see this up-close.
Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon
Reference Number: 26630BC.GG.D326CR.01 (white gold)/26630OR.GG.D326CR.01 (pink gold)
Case Material: White gold or pink gold
Dial Color: Blue with multi-layer development and sunburst angle finish
Lume: Yes, on hands
Water Resistance: 20 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Blue croc lash and glossy blue elastic tie; comes with gold collapsing clasp
Caliber: In-House Caliber 2964
Functions: Hours and minutes
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Total Components: 207
Additional Details: Flying tourbillon set with 19 splendid cut diamonds
Estimating & Availability
Price: CHF 145,000
Availability: Available only at Audemars Piguet stores; accessible for pre-request now.
Limited Edition: Limited creation, yet not a numbered restricted edition.
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