Introduced in 2012, the original Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin marked the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary and was originally available only in platinum, followed by the launch of a yellow gold version in 2016.
With a minute repeater, perpetual calendar, and split-seconds chronograph, this watch is as badass as it gets. The black and white ceramic versions actually have a slight difference in the way they were completed. The black ceramic was reinforced with yttrium oxide, making it seven times tougher than steel. The white ceramic, on the other hand, was fortified with aluminum oxide making it a high gloss finish and which makes it even tougher than the black ceramic version and twice tougher than steel. Personally, I like the black version slightly better, since even though the snowy version may be more technically innovative, theres something extremely cool about an pitch-black, hyper-complicated, anniversary Royal Oak Offshore.What we’ve got here are three new versions of the Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin, each with a colorful sunray-finished guilloch dial. There is a purple variant (which AP is calling “plum’) with stainless steel case and bracelet, a rose gold variant with a blue dial, also, at the very top, a smoked blue execution with matching sapphire-set bezel and await it a platinum case and bracelet. When you look carefully at the patterns on these dials, it is possible to observe that they represent an evolution of the anticipated Tapisserie style which has been connected to Audemars Piguet and the Royal Oak, just now it radiates from the tourbillon.I believe that it’s safe to state the “trinity” of great Swiss watchmakers, Audemars Piguet is the youngest in mindset, the brand most willing to try various things and not take itself quite so seriously.
Demand from connoisseurs around the world has led to the creation of two new limited edition versions in 2017 – one in brushed 18-carat pink gold with matching bracelet, the other in stainless steel.
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So it can’t really surprise us to see such a traditional dress watch outfitted with a brand new dial design shot through with such vibrant colors. But a dial is just a dialup, right. Powering this watch is a beautifully-finished, manually-wound tourbillon movement, the AP Caliber 2924, whose finishing, when viewed through the sapphire casebook, also radiates in the tourbillon. I found AP CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias at Miami late last year, and I discovered that he was wearing a vibrant purple Royal Oak, the likes of which I had never seen before. We had quite a few other intriguing watches in the room at the time, including an AP Supersonnerie, therefore I didn’t pay overmuch attention into it. He explained that it had been something that he’d requested to be left for himself so I guessed it was a exceptional piece just for Francois’s collection. (Must be wonderful to be the CEO of AP, correct?) Well, here we see that not merely is it really a production bit, but it is joined by two different editions with more than ample flair. And come to think of it, he had picked a pretty great Miami watch.the Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Squelette, reference 26347, premiered in platinum in the 2016 SIHH, but what you see here are just two new models one in pink gold and one in titanium, with a new pink gold-tinted version of the caliber 2396 also. The layout for these watches was made in cooperation with all the best-kept-secret SoHo luxury boutique Material Good, which opened in 2015 as a kind of luxury shoppable speakeasy.