In the mid 1970s, Audemars Piguet presented a watch that would always join the universes of extravagance and game. Presently, just about 50 years after the fact, the brand keeps on finding inventive and captivating approaches to reevaluate the Royal Oak , guaranteeing it stays quite possibly the most pursued watch assortments on the planet. This year, Audemars Piguet has done it once more, presenting an extremely unique restricted release model. It wasn’t accompanied by the typical show, be that as it may, so this one may have slipped directly under your radar. Fortunately, we had the option to get our hands on the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Black Ceramic ref. 26522CE. Here’s everything you need to know.
Case and Bracelet
If this new model looks fairly recognizable this is on the grounds that this is the second all-ceramic watch to come from Audemars Piguet. Going before this model was the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Black Ceramic , effectively quite possibly the most discussed watches of 2017. Similarly as with that watch, the new Royal Oak Extra-Thin Black Ceramic flaunts both a case and arm band made altogether from ceramic (except for the caseback, which is in titanium).
With the main model, Audemars Piguet set itself the practically unthinkable assignment of completing its ceramic case and arm band to a similar norm as that of a steel Royal Oak. Accomplishing this needed more than 600 hours of R&D, and the completing of the wristband alone requires 30 hours. That is around multiple times longer than for the steel form. The Royal Oak wristband is unbelievable, and when you grasp this piece, or better actually, put it on your wrist, you appreciate each and every moment spent chasing perfection.
Measuring simply 9mm thick, the 41mm case sits comfortably on the wrist. As you would anticipate, it’s too light gratitude to the utilization of ceramic. It’s likewise very attractive. All-black watches are by and large known for being a touch more downplayed. “Stealth-like” maybe. Not all that here; destroy this watch and everybody will be gazing at your wrist. Obviously, that may have something to do with the dial…
If you review, Audemars Piguet acquainted another dial design with the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon assortment a year ago (alongside an intense new purple tone as well). Called “Tapisserie Evolutive”, the mark “Tapisserie” guilloché design was reconsidered as a sunburst theme that emanates outwards from the tourbillion.
The impact is very solid however is restrained here to some degree by the choice to utilize a black dial. I envision it would have been a serious distinctive story if Audemars Piguet had selected to utilize the purple/plum shading shown a year ago (albeit some portion of me thinks that would be cool to see).
White gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with iridescent covering are the lone other embellishments on the dial. Beside the super thin tourbillon at six o’clock obviously, which is brilliantly finished. The general look is smooth and modern, yet still with that trace of energy the Royal Oak is known and adored for.
Inside is the hand-wound Caliber 2924, which gauges simply 4.46mm thick. It’s the equivalent in-house development utilized in the other Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon models and wavers at 21,600 v/ph. At the point when completely twisted, it offers a maximum force save of 70 hours, the rest of which is appeared on the force hold marker on the back of the development. Noticeable through a sapphire window in the titanium caseback, this development is a great representation of why AP is so acceptable at what it does.
Following a year ago’s changes, the design of the scaffolds has been adjusted to bring to the table a superior perspective on the moving parts underneath and the Geneva Stripes take on even more a transmitting sunburst design (known as côtes rayonnantes), imitating that of the dial. In conclusion, the development is done with a dull dim galvanic treatment, with regards to the dim theme of the by and large watch.
Availability and Pricing
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Black Ceramic ref. 26522CE is offered as a restricted release of only 100 pieces, and as you may expect, it is a Boutique select. The cost is CHF 156,000 and the word on the road is that each of the 100 models have just been represented. I can’t say whether that is exact or not yet don’t anticipate seeing such a large number of these terrible young men out in the wild (and absolutely not without a top notch connected). For more data: www.audermarspiguet.com .