Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet is introducing a new watch in the form of two versions – the Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon. Available in either 18-carat pink gold (26630OR.GG.D326CR.01), or 18-carat white gold (26630BC.GG.D326CR.01), both versions showcase a contemporary dial, consisting of multiple layers lined with gold to match the cases. Moreover, the new ladies’ watches mark the first time that a Royal Oak Concept case has used frosted gold.

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The frosted gold effect on the Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon‘s 38.5 mm cases is achieved using a technique that originates from Florence. It involves creating tiny indentations on the surface of the 18-carat white- or pink-gold cases, using a diamond-tipped tool. The effect it creates contrasts with the watches’ polished bevels. An interesting design detail can also be seen on the watches’ crowns, which are set with a single translucent sapphire cabochon.

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Notably, the blue, multi-layered sunray dials of the Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon watches have no hour markers. They simply feature the AP logo at 12 o’clock. The white-gold version displays the time via white-gold Royal Oak hands, while – likewise – the pink-gold version has pink-gold hands. On both editions, the hands have a luminescent coating for 24/7 legibility. The dials consist of four juxtaposed circles of increasing size, graduating to a lighter blue as the layers move outwards from the open-worked flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock. Several gold-toned circles make up the cage, which is set with brilliant-cut diamonds in the centre. Additionally, the dials are protected by glare-proof sapphire crystal.

Powering the two editions is the manual-wound, in-house calibre 2964. The movement, which consists of 207 components and 17 jewels, beats at a frequency of 3 Hz and and has a power reserve of 72 hours. Meanwhile, the flying tourbillon itself is a complication that compensates the effect of gravity – thus improving precision. Furthermore, the movement’s circular motif is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback and evokes the same layout as the dial.

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Finally, the Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon watches are presented on blue “large square-scale” alligator straps. An additional blue textured rubber strap with a constellation motif, which recalls the frosted gold case, is also available. Both straps are operated via a frosted gold folding clasp. Furthermore, the watches are water-resistant to 20 m. Finally, the price of both watches is approximately 156,400 euros (subject to exchange rate).

BRAND: Audemars Piguet
MODEL: Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon
REFERENCE: 26630OR.GG.D326CR.01 (Pink gold),

26630BC.GG.D326CR.01 (White gold)
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat pink gold,

18-carat white gold
DIMENSIONS: Diameter: 38.5 mm

Height: 11.9 mm
WATER RESISTANCE: 2 bar (~ 20 m)
DIAL: Multi-layered graded blue dial with

sunray pattern, white gold Royal Oak

hands with luminescent coating.
STRAP/BRACELET: Hand-stitched “large square scale” bluealligator strap with hammered 18-carat white gold or pink-gold folding clasp.

Additional shiny blue rubber strap.
MOVEMENT: Audemars Piguet 2964
FREQUENCY: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
FUNCTIONS: Hours, Minutes, Flying Tourbillon
PRICE: EUR ca. 156,400 (subject to exchange rate)

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