Audemars Piguet Royal Oak TOURBILLON

When Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak in 1972, luxury timepieces were usually small and made of gold, but the brand broke these rules, forever defying with conventions, with this first luxury sports timepiece honed from steel. Its powerful look ushered in a revolutionary avant-garde style, that has since become its trademark.
Audemars Piguet released its first ever Royal Oak model with a flying tourbillon. Rather than being supported by a bridge on the dial side and a bridge on the movement side, the flying tourbillon is cantilevered, i.e. is only secured to the plate on one side so offering an unobstructed view of the mechanism on the other side.
A couple of years ago, Audemars Piguet debuted the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon, and it came with a unique sunburst tapisserie dial that changed the look of the watch dramatically. For 2020, Audemars Piguet brings back that sunburst tapisserie dial now with the flying tourbillon.
Audemars Piguet can look back on a long history of high horology and sophisticated complications, and for its latest feat in this arena the manufacture has installed a flying tourbillon, for the first time, into its flagship Royal Oak Selfwinding collection. The new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, comprising three distinctive models, incorporates the recently developed Caliber 2950
This year, however, the Swiss outfit is introducing its first-ever Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon. Since the Royal Oak is an established member of the Audemars Piguet family, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out
A couple of years ago, Audemars Piguet debuted the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon, and it came with a unique sunburst tapisserie dial that changed the look of the watch dramatically. For 2020, Audemars Piguet brings back that sunburst tapisserie dial now with the flying tourbillon.
Audemars Piguet debuts a brand new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm, available in 3 versions, including a titanium edition. In the current Royal Oak collection, there is already a tourbillon model, however, this interpretation of the Royal Oak is hand-wound, features an ultra-thin movement and its tourbillon cage has a classic architecture, with bridges front and back.
The new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon presents an applied 24-carat gold Audemars Piguet signature—a first in the Royal Oak collection. Made of thin layers of gold, it is achieved through a chemical process akin to 3D printing known as galvanic growth. Each letter is connected with thin links almost invisible to the eye.
Audemars Piguet has unveiled its first ever self-winding Royal Oak with a flying tourbillon. There are three models in the range of 41mm watches that have cases, bezels and integrated bracelets in stainless steel with a smoked blue tapisserie dial; titanium with sandblasted slate grey dial; and 18ct pink gold with a smoked grey sunburst tapisserie dial.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, in addition to being one of the most emblematic watches on the market, the watch that created the luxury sports watch category and one of the hottest pieces currently for sale, it has always been a playfield for Audemars Piguet, bringing most possible complications in its octagonal case.Certainly, the tourbillon is no stranger to the RO
For the occasion, the Manufacture launches three 41 mm references in stainless steel, titanium and 18-carat pink gold, all complemented with a refined dial design. The full titanium reference presents an innovative dial design. An elegant sandblasted slate grey dial, with snailing in periphery, offers an alternative to the Royal Oak’s trademark “Tapisserie” pattern.
The tourbillon regulator first found its way into the Royal Oak in 1997, with what was then a novel automatic movement with a hammer winding mechanism. Audemars Piguet has just announced the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41 mm , a nod to the 1997 original, but with a twist – it’s the first Royal Oak equipped with a flying tourbillon.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon will be available in three different references, but before we look at them in more detail, let’s look at common points. The case for these new models measures 41mm in diameter and is slightly thicker than the aforementioned extra-thin models – at about 11.5mm.
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Concept line can easily be not just confusing, but confounding when you first come across it.The case shape is so alien … who is it even made for? When the first Concept was released in 2002, it more resembled a piece of lab equipment from a sci-fi movie than a watch, which is a topic Andrew discussed with Michael Friedman,