A New Series Of Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillions By Audemars Piguet Has Been Unveiled
Diamonds, sapphires, and other colored gemstones are painstakingly set into the 18-carat pink and white gold watches.
Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon isn't like most time-only watches.
AP launched six new editions of its Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillion watches on Monday, each with an array of gemstones set in 18k white gold and 18k pink gold cases. In each of the 38.5 mm watches, AP's caliber 2951 is hand-wound, offering at least 77 hours of power reserve. You wouldn't go swimming in anything this intricate, but it is water-resistant up to 20 meters. Its sapphire crystal and case back are glare-proof. Crowns are adorned with sapphire cabochon gemstones that are translucent. There are two strap options for the watch: one is a "large square-scale" blue alligator strap, the other is a blue rubber strap with a "constellation" decoration that resembles tone-on-tone pixels.
Hundreds of carefully selected diamonds, sapphires, dials, and buckles are set into the cases, bezels, dials, and buckles of these watches. Adding 9 brilliant-cut sapphires or diamonds to the tourbillons is difficult with a lightweight, important timekeeping component like this. Using gold settings to enhance the watch's unique pyramidal dial accents, an expert jeweler accented every jewel with gold in order to emphasize the watch's pyramidal dial accents.
With the new series, you'll be able to choose between two rainbow watches decorated with rubies, tsavorites, emeralds, topaz, tanzanites, amethysts, and colored sapphires. The diamond-set piece combines a diamond case and dial with a rainbow-colored baguette-cut gem bezel, while the other piece is completely set with brilliant-cut multicolored gemstones.
A whopping 208 baguette-cut sapphires cover two other watches in white and pink gold to create a gradient effect. There are 144 sizes of sapphires in the Royal Oak Concept, and they match the case curves and dial architecture. A hidden rail mounted in each piece's gold component contained tiny grooves that were delicately incised into the stones. It takes up to 150 hours for Audemars Piguet to set an invisible gem.
Select Audemars Piguet retailers will carry those blue-hued Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillions next year. More information about the other four watches with brilliant-cut gemstones can be found on the Audemars Piguet website. They will be available in select locations in October.