Sometimes more is more.
Few watchmakers can go all out, just like Audemars Piguet can go all out. Some brands specialize in the production of high-complexity products in-house. Others are known for their eye-catching dial and case designs; other ways are defined by their way of breaking through the limits of the modern watchmaking industry. AP can complete these three tasks at the same time, and when these methods are integrated into a watch, the results are shocking. The new Royal Oak Concept frosted gold flying tourbillon is just that. When I saw the photo for the first time, I made a “wow” sound on my MacBook.
The watch starts with AP’s smaller 38.5mm Concept case (we used it here before) and has developed a matte finish in cooperation with jeweler Carolina Bucci, bringing a new treatment to the case. The top of the baffle and the top of the engraved lugs have this unique appearance, while the edges of the baffle are polished, and the sides of the shell are also brushed. This mixed decoration is indeed very eye-catching, and I think it will make the watch a lot of visual interest in metal. The multi-level blue dial extending down the case allows you to go further, focusing on the flying tourbillon at six o’clock. Its bracket is made of concentric ellipses and is inlaid with 19 brilliants. Cut diamonds. Although the dial and tourbillon are treated the same, you can choose either a platinum case or a pink gold case.
However, one of my favorite fake men watch parts is the back of the 2964 movement developed with Renaud & Papi (previously APRP, a subsidiary of AP that makes the movement “inside”). From the dial and tourbillon cage, we can get another echo of the concentric oval pattern, with raised polished rings and frosted bronze ground accentuated. Such watches are easily tempted by gorgeous, high-contrast decorations, but I like the Associated Press’s decision to lower it a bit and then do more subtle things.
The Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon can only be purchased through Audemars Piguet’s stores, a trend seen in many of AP’s most exciting releases in the past few years. Pre-orders are now being accepted, and the watch will be delivered this fall. This is not a limited edition. However, production will be limited, and I think this will not be the easiest watch to score.
This is not everyone’s watch. If you find that the Concept case is a bit too aggressive, if you don’t like the diamonds on the watch, or if the frosted gold finish bores you, I don’t think I will be able to convince you to reconsider. It’s ok. Actually, this is great. The purpose of Concept Watch is to provide a place for AP to experiment and try new things to break through its technical skills and aesthetic boundaries. Personally, I will dig this watch, but if you roll your eyes when you look at it, I will fully understand it.
I think the place where things get really interesting is to place the wholesale cheap watch next to something like [Re] master01. These are two diametrically opposed expressions of Audemars Piguet’s core competence. I think they form a good dialogue on how modern watchmaking is. If all we do is look back at the past, there is no future. If we disrespect the past and try to learn from the best lessons, we may abandon some great things. I think this is where AP’s advantage lies.
As for the details of the concept frosted gold flying tourbillon, I don’t have much to complain about. I might wish there was a version without diamonds or a version with different hands, but that would be a completely different watch. Otherwise, I have always liked the matte gold finish, and I think the 38.5mm Concept case is excellent (the larger Concept watch is too big for me, so I am very happy to have a Concept case that I can actually use please Enjoy). In addition to the completion of the movement I mentioned above, my favorite part of this watch is the new dial.
Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon
Reference number: 26630BC.GG.D326CR.01 (Platinum) / 26630OR.GG.D326CR.01 (Pink Gold)
Diameter: 38.5 mm
Thickness: 11.9 mm
Case material: white gold or rose gold
Dial color: blue, multi-layer structure, sunburst gradient
Lum: Yes, on hand
Waterproof depth: 20 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Blue alligator leather strap and shiny blue rubber strap; equipped with gold folding clasp
Movement: internal movement 2964
Functions: hours and minutes
Diameter: 29.5 mm
Power reserve: 72 hours
Winding: manual winding
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Total number of components: 207
Other details: flying tourbillon set with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds