Audemars Piguet presents its first ever Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillion.

Lindsay Judge   |   18 - 11 - 2020

For the occasion of the launch of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillion, the Manufacture has unveiled three new 41mm references in stainless steel, titanium and 18-carat pink gold, all complemented with a refined dial design.

 

This new model is powered by Calibre 2950, the Manufacture’s latest generation of selfwinding movement combining a flying tourbillon with a central rotor. Meticulously crafted inside and out, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon interweaves contemporary design with age-old savoir-faire.

 

 

“The Royal Oak Tourbillon first made its debut in 1997 for the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak. This latest evolution featuring the flying tourbillon and selfwinding mechanism reintroduces this modern classic with updated aesthetics for the new decade.” Said Michael Friedman Head of Complications

 

 

The full titanium reference presents an innovative dial design. An elegant sandblasted slate grey dial, with snailing in periphery, offers an alternative to the Royal Oak’s trademark “Tapisserie” pattern. The dial’s grey shades and white gold hour-markers and hands subtly echo the flying tourbillon making its rotation at 6 o’clock.

 

 

Reminiscent of other models in the Royal Oak collection, the stainless steel version adorns a refined smoked blue “Tapisserie” dial. Its state-of-the-art sunburst motif evolves from the flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock. These vibrant hues of blue give depth to the flying tourbillon, while serving as an elegant backdrop to the white gold hour-markers and hands.

 

The third model in 18-carat pink gold provides a contemporary contrast. A smoked grey sunburst “Tapisserie” dial enriched with pink gold hour-markers and hands illuminates the pink gold case and bracelet. The flying tourbillon cage adds a delicate glimmer of pink gold.

 

All of the cases and bracelet have been hand-finished with the brand’s emblematic alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers for a powerful juxtaposition of matte and polished finishing.

 

The watches are powered by a Calibre 2950, the Manufature’s latest generation of self-winding movement combining a flying tourbillon with a central rotor, first released in 2019.

 

The hand-finished flying tourbillon cage provides a beautiful view of some of the watch’s regulating components enabling its rotation. The caseback also reveals the movement’s refined decorations such as “Côtes de Genève,” satin-brushing, snailing and hand-polished chamfers, as well as the dedicated open-worked oscillating weight in pink gold or rhodium- toned pink gold.