The Royal Oak Concept saw the light of day in 2002 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Royal Oak. To mark the occasion, Audemars Piguet released an edition, originally limited to one, inspired by concept cars. However, because the demand for this edition was so overwhelming, the watchmaker made the decision to increase the number of pieces to 150. Regardless, it established an entirely new aesthetic for 21st century haute horlogerie and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The green stylised case
The new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT features a sandblasted titanium case with a diameter of 44 mm. For the first time, the timepiece’s titanium case is topped by a green ceramic bezel, highlighting the high-tech aesthetic of the Royal Oak Concept.
Although green ceramic was first introduced to Audemars Piguet in 2018 in the Royal Oak Offshore collection, this year the material makes its debut in the Royal Oak Concept. The black movement is visible through the sapphire case back. Pushers in green ceramic with a titanium push-piece protection adorn the 16.1 mm thick case.
The dial of the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT
The dial remains true to its design codes – again, the architectural movement takes centre stage. Green ceramic accents playfully ensure colour homogeneity of various elements as well as consistent colouring over time. Contrast inside the Royal Oak Concept is provided by coloured accents of rose gold.
Rose gold hands filled with luminous material and the AP mongram applied at 12 o’clock stand out in colour against the rest of the dial. The white indexes on the black inner bezel provide a bright contrast. The display of the second time zone – also called GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) – is positioned on the sapphire disc at 3 o’clock. It is set with the pusher at 4 o’clock, where one press adjusts the time by one hour.
The display of the second time zone, which is based on 12 hours, consists of two discs arranged one above the other. The first hour disc completes one revolution in 12 hours and is made of sapphire. The second day/night disc, on the other hand, which completes one rotation in 24 hours, is made of polished brass and marks the day with the white half and the night with the other green-coloured half. A crown position indicator is located at 6 o’clock and features the letters H, N and R, which stand for the time-setting, neutral and winding positions of the winding stem, respectively.
The architectural movement
The hand-wound Calibre 2954 consists of 348 individual parts and is equipped with a parallel double barrel system, combining the prestige of the flying tourbillon with ultra-modern displays. It ensures that the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT runs for up to 10 days, giving it a power reserve of around 237 hours.
The friction of the two barrels, which are fed simultaneously into the wheel train via a single barrel, is used to compensate for fluctuations in torque. This increases the accuracy and reliability of the Royal Oak Concept.
Price & Availability
A green rubber strap with a folding clasp in sandblasted titanium AP completes the style of the watch. The timepiece is alternatively supplied with a black rubber strap. Price on request.
|MODEL||Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT|
|CASE MATERIAL||Sandblasted titanium case|
|DIMENSIONS||Diameter: 44 mm|
Height: 16.1 mm
|WATER RESISTANCE||10 bar (~100 m)|
|DIAL||Second time zone indicator on sapphire plate, crown position indicator, pink gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.|
|STRAP/BRACELET||Green rubber strap with sandblasted titanium folding clasp. Additional black rubber strap.|
|POWER RESERVE||237 hours|
|FREQUENCY||21,600 vph (3 Hz)|
|FUNCTIONS||Flying Tourbillon, GMT 24 h, functions selection, hours and minutes|