The holy grail of watchmaking just got a whole lot holier. This week, Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet turns its attention to its female clientele with the introduction of the new Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon Ref 26630OR.GG.D326CR.01 – an audacious yet super elegant timepiece that unravels the mysteries of the much revered complication in the world of haute horlogerie.
Available in an 18ct Pink or White Gold 38.5mm case, this watch is a dream come true for watchmaking aficionados. For the first time, the Royal Oak Concept’s case is adorned with Frosted Gold—an ancient Florentine jewellery technique revisited by jewellery designer Carolina Bucci and adapted to adorn the Manufacture’s watches. Tiny indentations are created on the gold surface with a diamond-tipped tool, giving a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones, like diamond dust. Superposed to the bezel’s polished bevels, this finishing highlights the watch’s design codes and adds to the overall exuberance.
Within the angular case of this watch, the dial is composed of four juxtaposed circles of increasing size. The flying tourbillon cage at 6 o clock also presents a modern design with openworked gold-toned circles topped with an elegant touch of brilliant-cut diamonds. No hour-markers have been included on the dial to enhance the purity of this contemporary design. The graded hues of blue and sunburst motif further accentuate the dial’s depth and refinement.
Powered by a reliable hand-wound Manufacture calibre (2964), the watch offers wearers a 72 hour (minimum) power reserve guarantee. The movement’s circular motif, visible through the sapphire caseback recalls the dial’s pattern.
The two highly contemporary models are adorned with a blue “large square-scale” alligator strap for an elegant contrast. An additional blue textured rubber strap with constellation motif, recalling the Frosted Gold case, is also available. Both straps are complemented with a folding clasp adorned with Frosted Gold for a refined look to the slightest detail.