Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin isn’t exhibiting at Watches & Wonders, but that hasn’t stopped it introducing a show stopping version of its Extra-Thin 50th anniversary Royal Oak; this time with a flying tourbillon.
A 39mm steel on steel version is launching this month, with a 37mm piece going on sale in September. Both are equipped with a new self-winding, slim, flying tourbillon movement, the Calibre 2968, which is just 3.4 mm thick, and has a 50 hour power reserve.
Launching in the Royal Oak’s silver jubilee year, the movement has been given the special 50th anniversary rotor.
It has allowed Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin to make its first automatic flying tourbillon watch in smaller sized watches. “The Royal Oak continues to evolve and cut through the timeline 50 years after its creation and will do so for the next 50 years and beyond. It remains a platform for both technical and aesthetic development, as demonstrated by the new ultra-thin flying tourbillon making its debut on both the classic 39mm and the celebrated 37mm Royal Oak models. The movement architecture was designed to offer a unique view of the smaller cage while showcasing an engaging contrast of hand-finishing techniques throughout,” explains Michael Friedman, Audemars Piguet’s head of complications.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) has a blue petite tapisserie patterned dial with white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.