In all the SIHH 2018 of the Royal Oak and the advanced watches replica Audemars Piguet presented, one can overlook almost nothing strange, bold, and exotic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak concept flying tourbillon GMT. This is not the headlines of the brand’s breakthrough technology or brand-new design in 2018, but it did introduce Audemars Piguet’s first flying tourbillon and some design updates. This is the latest product in the series and its inherent The polarization and the interesting part.
Since its launch in 2002, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch has been the canvas for the creation of some of the brand’s most avant-garde, futuristic high-end watches. It seems that the idea of the Royal Oak Offshore Project has been brought to a more “extreme” and “painful” place. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon GMT came out in 2011 and introduces the basic form we see here. More background information: The flying tourbillon was invented in Germany in 1920. Remind you that the flying tourbillon is a tourbillon suspended from below, which can not only be blocked by bridges, but also produce a floating effect. . This is also a way to make the tourbillon more refined, complex and expensive.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT actually shares the same name as AP’s first Flying Tourbillon watch, while finding another in the diamond-set Royal Oak Concept Lady’s Flying Tourbillon that was also launched in 2018 Kind of movement. This latest version has other significant changes in design and materials. Previous Royal Oak Concept watches used a lot of ceramics and other exotic materials in the movement, such as carbon fiber-please see our Audemars Piguet watch with white ceramic Royal Oak Concept GMT tourbillon hands-on.
The dial side of the watch is visible. This time I chose black sandblasted titanium as the central bridge with polished and gold facets-I think this is a cool feeling. Through the opening between the various instructions, you can also see the Audemars Piguet (of course inside the company) 2954 movement. In addition to the time at 9 o’clock and the tourbillon, there is a second time zone on the 3 o’clock dial. Its aperture looks like one of those wide date displays. Fortunately, most of the time it has gone fashionable. Exposed under the smoked glass is the portion of the disc that does not currently show time.
It may not be obvious what the “H, N, R” at six o’clock represents, but it only indicates the position of the crown. H is for French HEURES (hours) where you can set the time, N is neutre (neutral) when the crown is pushed all the way, R is for remontoir (coiling machine), you can wind up the movement. In the previous Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon GMT watch, this was indicated with one hand. The new feature of this watch is the indicator with indicator dial, which is more elegantly integrated into the rest of the design. It will be simple for users, but obscure for onlookers, and will give the impression of general technology and complexity.
The octagonal faceted bezel (still ceramic) and its 8 miraculously aligned screws are most obviously the combination of the original very unique Concept series with the larger Royal Oak series. On the other hand, this situation is completely different from other situations in the Associated Press. Here, it is sandblasted titanium. Its geometrical surface-the reverberations generated in bridges and other elements-reminds me of the video mapping loop, the 8-bit mountain range, the Kryton or Linde Werdelin Octopus watch of the sci-fi Britcom Red Dwarf-all beautiful replica watch design inspiration. It has a width of 44 mm, a thickness of 16.1 mm and a waterproof depth of 100 m, and has a screw-in crown. However, the case is quite long, and the rubber band protruding from the lugs makes the case protrude, so the wrist that can accommodate a 44 mm watch should be potentially overhanging.
Another new feature of the Greenwich Mean Time / Tourbillon Royal Oak Concept watch is the crown guard with a button at 4 o’clock-it has now been changed to be angular instead of round. The pusher advances the disc in the second time zone for one hour. In addition to being pedantic, I think that in the strictest sense, a watch labeled “GMT” “should” display the second time zone within 24 hours, and the second time zone dial displays 12 hours.
Although the flying tourbillon provides many dazzling and messy mechanical charms on the dial side, it is not visible from the back of the watch. Here, you can see the skeletonized bridges, most of which have been brushed and sandblasted, and there are more movements. People can also see more clearly that the two barrels and their barrels provide a powerful power reserve of 237 hours (about 10 days). The manual-winding Audemars Piguet 2954 movement is made of 348 parts and has a working frequency of 3Hz. It is a “new product” of a flying tourbillon, but has many similarities with the previous Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon GMT watch, including the same frequency And power reserve – therefore, it is more about evolution than new things. However, its bridge design is different, and I believe that other changes include a crown position indicator that more simply functions as a disc.
The upsurge of the tourbillon and the luxury of watches and clocks a few years ago have disappeared to some extent. Recently, more brands have begun to focus on mainstream and entry-level products, prices and price reductions. So, why make flying tourbillon now? In order to remain competitive in the field of ultra-luxury sports-style watches, such as the watches of Hublot, Richard Mille and Roger Dubuis, it may be necessary to remind collectors that Royal Oak Concept can still be fresh and continue to develop.