Audemars Piguet will carry a new eruption of shading to SIHH 2018, with the revealing of three new Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon models. We’re profiling two of them here for you today, one in exemplary steel and the other in 18ct pink gold. All progressions are simply esthetic and to the extent we’re mindful, neither will be restricted versions, despite the fact that we envision creation amounts will be moderately low to keep up the restrictiveness of these pieces.
The Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon made its introduction back in 2012 as a component of the Royal Oak 40th commemoration festivities. The thought was to take the first idea of the Royal Oak from 1972 and lift it to an entirely different plain of awareness (my words, not theirs). Do the trick to say, they succeeded and from that point forward Audemars Piguet has presented a few varieties, remembering an all platinum adaptation for 2016 and a titanium/platinum mixture in 2017.
For 2018, we are back to the first metals you know and love with regards to the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon: 18ct pink gold and treated steel. The two cases measure 41mm x 8.95mm and highlight coordinated AP’s quite cherished arm bands in coordinating metals. The pink gold rendition (Ref. 26522OR.OO.1220OR.01) has a recognizable blue-shaded dial that we have seen on past forms with pink gold applied hour markers, in spite of the fact that there is one rather self-evident (you may even say sensational) contrast, which we’ll get to in a minute.
The steel rendition (Ref. 26522ST.OO.1220ST.01), in the interim, includes a striking purple, or plum-shaded dial combined with white gold hour markers, a shading we have not seen before in this assortment. Without having seen this piece face to face it’s difficult to say exactly how purple it looks however we’ve unquestionably noticed other brands have accomplishment with purple dials, in spite of the fact that it’s generally edgier, autonomous brands like MB&F and Manufacture Royale .
In expansion to the new dial tone, there is additionally another dial design for the two models. Audemars Piguet’s mark “Tapisserie” guilloche configuration currently shows up as a sunburst design, which I need to say is very striking outwardly, overpoweringly so. The plan appears to transmit outwards from the winder, giving a visual enhancement of the mesmerizing “whirlwind”.
I suspect, nonetheless, that this striking new bearing might be a polarizing one. Some will adore the particular new look, while others might be less energetic. By and by, I need to save judgment until we get our hands on the watches at SIHH one week from now. Regardless, it’s acceptable to see AP taking a stab at something somewhat extraordinary, though another minor departure from the equivalent theme.
On the opposite side of the watch, a sapphire caseback uncovers the inward workings of the hand-wound Caliber 2924. This in-house development is equivalent to we’ve seen in past models. Estimating simply 4.46mm thick, it highlights 25 gems and wavers at 21,600 v/ph, offering a maximum force save of 70 hours when completely twisted, which you can monitor through the force hold marker. The lone genuine distinction is the manner in which the development has been introduced and improved. The engineering of the extensions has been changed to bring to the table a superior perspective on the moving parts underneath and the Geneva Striping takes on to a greater degree a sunburst design, imitating that of the dial. The completing is, obviously, to an outstanding standard.
As I showed toward the beginning, these are not new watches in that capacity, but instead esthetic varieties of the well known Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon. Whether this intense new dial configuration will discover favor with gatherers or not remaining parts not yet clear, so stay tuned for our further impressions from SIHH. www.audemarspiguet.com .