There are few watches that are crafted with such attention to detail and horological finesse like Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak. Launched in 1972, the collection has been making waves ever since its debut, and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. For 2021, Audemars Piguet presents several new Royal Oak models enriched with green dials. Electrifying, full of complications and a whole lotta bling…. these beauties will have you vying for the colour green. The new offerings include a 950 platinum Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin with a smoked green dial embellished with a sunburst pattern, as well as a limited-edition Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph with an 18-carat yellow gold case and a green “Grande Tapisserie” dial. Finally, the Manufacture is also presenting three new Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon variants in pink gold or titanium, all of which once again incorporate green hues. Let’s take a look:
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “JUMBO” Extra-Thin
The new 39mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “JUMBO” Extra-Thin timepiece is available in a full 950 platinum case and bracelet as well as a smoked green dial adorned with a sunburst pattern. This is the first time that this configuration has been employed within the 15202 collection. Just 8.1 mm in thickness, the case also confers a slender appearance. The white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands are treated with luminescent coating, aiding legibility in dim light. The “Audemars Piguet” signature is positioned below noon, while the AP initials are located at 6 o’clock, as “Jumbo” convention dictates. At the heart of the watch is the selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2121 fitted with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight. The inventory of functions includes: hours, minutes and date. The Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin is exclusively reserved for AP Houses.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph
The Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph is offered in a new colourway, pairing an 18-carat yellow gold case with a green dial. The dial is adorned with a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern complemented with three snailed counters. The “Audemars Piguet” name on the dial is formed of 24-carat gold and realised using galvanic growth. The model is fitted with a solid caseback engraved with “Limited Edition” (125 pieces). Housed in a 41mm case, this version of the Royal Oak is powered by the selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2385 which includes an 18-carat gold oscillating weight. As well as its chronograph, the movement indicates the hours, minutes, small seconds and date. In addition to the yellow gold bracelet, with AP folding clasp, the model is supplied with two additional straps: green calfskin and green rubber.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon
Upholding Audemars Piguet’s reputation for making high complications, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon showcases the talents of the Manufacture’s craftspeople with three new variants and much hand-finishing in evidence. Each option is presented in a 41mm case and is endowed with a green Tapisserie dial enriched with a sunburst pattern. The first reference comes with an 18-carat pink gold case with matching hour-markers and hands. This model is limited to just 10 pieces. The second model, limited to 50 pieces, is crafted in full titanium. The third model, limited to 15 pieces, combines a titanium case with an 18-carat white gold bezel set with 32 baguette-cut emeralds (~2.41 carats), each individually cut, faceted and set by hand. The emeralds’ verdant hues enhance the green colour of the Tapisserie dial, while offering a unique play of light. Both titanium models incorporate white gold applied hour-makers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating and are complemented with a titanium bracelet. All models are equipped with the selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2950, the latest generation of the Audemars Piguet flying tourbillon. Unlike a conventional tourbillon, a flying tourbillon eschews the upper bridge, affording views of the escapement, regulating organ and cage in motion.