Audemars Piguet presents the Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Spider-Man, as the second part of its collaboration with Marvel that began in 2021.
Limited to 250 pieces, the Royal Oak Concept Spider-Man Tourbillon watch is accompanied by a unique piece, which will be auctioned off to benefit the First Book and Ashoka associations, non-profit organisations that work to empower young people to create change and a positive impact.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Spider-Man” Limited Edition
Following the AP Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon, which launched in 2021, this second collaboration with Marvel features Spider-Man, one of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes.
Presented in a 42 mm titanium case contrasted with a black ceramic bezel and crown, this timepiece stands out with its new and exceptionally crafted open-worked movement.
Based on the Calibre 2948, the new hand-wound Calibre 2974 required all the open-working expertise of Audemars Piguet’s engineers, watchmakers and craftspeople. This movement comes with a high level of transparency that allows Spider-Man’s character to appear in a three-dimensional form as if suspended in the void through the sapphire crystal.
The silhouette and volume of the character are first cut from a block of white gold using a CNC machine. The Super Hero’s suit is then laser-engraved to obtain the differences in texture that give it its textile appearance. After this step, touch-ups and engraving-related finishings are meticulously done by hand by a single artisan, making each piece unique.
The character is ultimately hand-painted to give him his recognizable two-tone aesthetic, contrasting mat red and metallic blue.
The dial hosts alternating black PVD-coated gold hour-markers and Arabic numerals that are overlaid by hands designed in the same material. All have a polished finish and are enhanced with a white luminescence that turns blue in the dark, subtly referring to the world of Spider-Man.
The AP Spiderman watch is adorned with refined decorations that are faithful to watchmaking tradition and the design codes of the Manufacture. The case alternates between polished and micro-blasted finishes on the top and bottom, while the sides are satin-finished. The movement, however, features a range of decorations, from traits-tirés to sandblasting and polishing.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Black Suit Spider-Man”
Limited to 250 pieces, this model is accompanied by a unique piece called the Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Black Suit Spider-Man”.
This one-of-a-kind timepiece comes in a white gold case decorated with a spider leg motif. The case is first laser-engraved to create the spider’s legs, which are then filled with luminescent hybrid ceramic.
It is then polished and finely engraved by laser once more to form a spider’s web in the background. It is combined with a black ceramic bezel with ceramic also adorning the caseback that bears the words “Royal Oak Concept Unique Piece” in white.
Spider-Man appears on the dial in a black suit, a reference to the one worn by the Super Hero in several 1980s comics, notably The Amazing Spider-Man #252 in 1984.
Interchangeable strap system
For the first time, the 42 mm Royal Oak Concept case is equipped with an interchangeable strap system, which allows the owner of the watch to change the strap and buckle in a few simple steps.
Equipped with a black and grey rubber strap and a titanium AP buckle, the Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Spider-Man” comes with a second black and red rubber strap, matching the famous suit of the Marvel Super Hero.
The unique Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Black Suit Spider-Man” comes with a black rubber strap with a velvety texture and a second black calfskin leather strap with a textile effect and white stitching.
Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Spider-Man 42 mm
Case thickness: 15 mm
Black ceramic bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water resistant to 50 m
Hand-wound Calibre 2974
Total diameter 32, 25 mm (14 ¼ lignes)
Total thickness 5.82 mm
Number of parts 197
Number of jewels 19
Minimum power reserve guaranteed 72 h
Frequency of balance wheel 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Tourbillon, hours and minutes
3D Spider-Man character in hand-painted gold
Gold hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating
Black and grey rubber strap with interchangeable system and AP folding clasp
Additional black and red rubber strap