Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet presents a small series of six new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon models in white or pink gold glittering with an array of graded coloured gemstones and diamonds, each offering unexpected and variegated plays of light.

The new timepieces are decorated with a variety of brilliant-cut or baguette-cut gemstones. While four models are paved with graded blue sapphires, two feature multicoloured gemstones creating a rainbow effect.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

Finding the right stones, colours and contrasts was a crucial step in the design of each piece and no easy task for timepieces set with as many as 468 brilliant-or 208 baguette-cut graded gems.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon 38.5 mm, Reference: 26227BC.SS.D326CR.01(with hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator strap)

For the two rainbow models, 12 different types of multicoloured gemstones, including rubies, tsavorites, emeralds, topaz, tanzanites, amethysts and various coloured sapphires, have been meticulously chosen to offer vivid hues and a smooth gradation when combined.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

The progressing shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple also bring out the geometry of the case and bezel, reflecting light to create a unique optical experience akin to that of a rainbow.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

While one model combines a diamond-set case and dial with a baguette-cut rainbow bezel, the other has been fully paved with brilliant-cut multicoloured gemstones.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon 38.5 mm, Reference: 26227BC.YY.D326CR.01(with hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator strap)

The diamonds and coloured gemstones adorning the new models have been individually cut and polished to reach the desired shape and size before being set in gold by the hand of expert jewellers. The gem-setting of the dial represented an added challenge due to the diminutive size of the design and movement components.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

Two pieces of the new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon series, available in 18-carat white or pink gold, are covered with 208 baguette-cut graded blue sapphires.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon 38.5 mm, Reference: 26228BC.SS.D314CR.01(with hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator strap)

The sapphires have been cut in 144 different sizes to match the curves of the Royal Oak Concept case and the architecture of the dial and movement components.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

The new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon timepieces bring a colourful vibe to the collection. The dial of the new offering shimmers with faceted pyramids paved with blue sapphires, diamonds or rainbow-coloured gemstones, revealing part of the movement ticking within.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

The open-worked barrel of hand-wound Calibre 2951, visible at 11 o’clock, gives a rare glimpse at the coiled mainspring. The satin-finished bridges with polished angles and white lacquered decorations, visible in the background of the open-worked dial, can also be admired through the sapphire caseback.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon 38.5 mm, Reference: 26229BC.ZY.D326CR.01(with hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator strap)

The flying tourbillon, which compensates for the effect of gravity and enhances the watch’s accuracy, makes its rotation at 6 o’clock. The tourbillon is set with brilliant-cut gemstones.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon 38.5 mm, Reference: 26228OR.SS.D314CR.01(with hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator strap)

The original Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon was the first Audemars Piguet watch to be equipped with a flying tourbillon, along with the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT.

Technical details

Movement
Hand-wound Calibre 2951
Total diameter: 29.5mm (13lignes)
Total thickness: 4.75 mm
Number of jewels: 17
Number of parts: 225
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 77 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes

Model: Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon/ 38.5 mm
Reference: 26227BC.SS.D326CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon reference 26227BC-SS-D326CR-01

Case
18-carat white gold case set with brilliant-cut graded blue sapphires, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a translucent sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 11.4 mm

Dial
18-carat white gold open-worked dial and inner bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds, open-worked white gold hands.

Strap
Hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp set with brilliant-cut blue sapphires. Additional blue rubber strap with “constellation” decoration

Setting
320 brilliant-cut graded blue sapphires (case, bezel, buckle) (~ 3.414carats)
77 brilliant-cut diamonds (inner bezel) (~ 0.44 carats)
62 brilliant-cut diamonds (dial) (~0.16 carats)
9 brilliant-cut diamonds (tourbillon) (~0.02 carats)

Model: Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon / 38.5 mm
Reference: 26227BC.YY.D326CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon reference 26227BC-YY-D326CR-01

Case
18-carat white gold case and bezel set with brilliant-cut multicoloured gemstones, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a translucent sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 11.4 mm

Dial
Open-worked 18-carat white gold dial and inner bezel set with brilliant-cut multicoloured gemstones, open-worked white gold hands.

Strap
Hand-stitched “large square-scale” blue alligator strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp set with brilliant-cut multicoloured gemstones
Additional blue rubber strap with “constellation” decoration

Setting
397 brilliant-cut multicoloured gemstones (case, bezel, inner bezel, buckle) (~ 3.414 carats)
62 brilliant-cut multicoloured gemstones (dial) (~0.17 carats)
9 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (tourbillon) (~0.012 carats)

Model: Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon / 38.5 mm
Reference: 26227BC.SS.D314CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon reference 26227BC-SS-D314CR-01

Case
18-carat white gold case set with brilliant-cut graded blue sapphires, bezel set with brilliant-cut blue sapphires, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a translucent sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 11.4 mm

Dial
18-carat white gold open-worked dial and inner bezel set with brilliant-cut blue sapphires, open-worked white gold hands.

Strap
Hand-stitched “large square-scale” light blue alligator strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp set with brilliant-cut blue sapphires. Additional light blue rubber strap with “constellation” decoration

Setting
397 brilliant-cut graded blue sapphires (case, bezel, inner bezel, buckle) (~4.198 carats)
62 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (dial) (~0.17 carats)
9 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (tourbillon) (~0.012 carats)

Model: Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon / 38.5 mm
Reference: 26229BC.ZY.D326CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon reference 26229BC-ZY-D326CR-01

Case
18-carat white gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds, bezel set with baguette-cut multicoloured gemstones, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a translucent sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 11.6 mm

Dial
18-carat white gold open-worked dial and inner bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds, open-worked white gold hands

Strap
Hand-stitched “large square-scale” light blue alligator strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Additional light blue rubber strap with “constellation” decoration

Setting
357 brilliant-cut diamonds (case, inner bezel, buckle) (~2.81 carats)
32 baguette-cut multicoloured gemstones (bezel) (~1.67 carats)
62 brilliant-cut diamonds (dial) (~0.16 carats)
9 brilliant-cut diamonds (tourbillon) (~0.02 carats)

Model: Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon / 38.5 mm
Reference: 26228OR.SS.D314CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon reference 26228OR-SS-D314CR-01

 

Case
18-carat pink gold case set with baguette-cut graded blue sapphires, bezel set with baguette-cut blue sapphires, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a translucent sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 11.6 mm

Dial
18-carat pink gold open-worked dial and inner bezel set with baguette-cut blue sapphires, open-worked pink gold hands.

Strap
Hand-stitched “large square-scale” light blue alligator strap with 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp set with baguette-cut blue sapphires
Additional light blue rubber strap with “constellation” decoration

Setting
182 baguette-cut graded blue sapphires (case, bezel, inner bezel, buckle) (~9.16 carats)
26 baguette-cut blue sapphires (dial) (~0.32 carats)
9 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (tourbillon) (~0.012 carats)

Model: Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon / 38.5 mm
Reference: 26228BC.SS.D314CR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon reference 26228BC-SS-D314CR-01

Case
18-carat white gold case set with baguette-cut graded blue sapphires, bezel set with baguette-cut blue sapphires, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a translucent sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 11.6 mm

Dial
18-carat white gold open-worked dial and inner bezel set with baguette-cut blue sapphires, open-worked white gold hands.

Strap
Hand-stitched “large square-scale” light blue alligator strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp set with baguette-cut blue sapphires. Additional light blue rubber strap with “constellation” decoration

Setting
182 baguette-cut graded blue sapphires (case, bezel, inner bezel, buckle) (~9.16 carats)
26 baguette-cut blue sapphires (dial) (~0.32 carats)
9 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (tourbillon) (~0.012 carats)

Availability

The four pieces set with brilliant-cut gemstones are available in select Audemars Piguet points of sale from October 2021. The two models set with baguette-cut sapphires will be available in 2022.

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