Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon
Awatchmaking trio inaugurates a new collection and center stages engineering nourished by exceptional savoir-faire inspired by the iconic style of the manufacture’s flagship model.
In 2018, the Royal Oak Concept embraced a movement which brought together a flying tourbillon and a central rotor. The following year, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon unveiled its latest generation of caliber which combined the two mechanisms. And, this is what we can now discover in the three variations of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak boasting the regulating device invented by the German watchmaker Alfred Helwig (1886-1974) at the beginning of the 20th century! The 41 mm-diameter case and the octagonal bezel, forever true to the design imagined by Gerald Genta’s inspirational master-touch back in 1972, protect a dial covered with a pattern known as the “Evolutive Tapisserie”. This steel case takes on a smoked-blue hue, the rose gold version adorns a smoked-gray, both offering an exquisite effect. A third titanium variation stands out with a sandblasted slate-gray alternative, snailed around the edges.
The hour and minute hands are, as such, driven by the 2950 caliber, which delivers a generous power reserve of at least 65 hours. The finishes of some of the regulating components can be admired through the cage. Other mechanical elements featuring refined Côtes de Genève decorations can be discovered through the sapphire-crystal caseback.
The three Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon watches are worn on a perfectly integrated bracelet, fashioned in the same material as the case. The stylistics of this trio is enhanced even more with handcrafted finishes alternating satin-brushing and polishing showcasing a matt and glossy aspect which has become one of Audemars Piguet’s signatures.