Saturday, January 21, 2017

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Open Worked

Audemars Piguet has been a master of open-worked or skeleton mechanical watches since the 1930s. Today, it performs it in precisely the same manner: filing, decoration and finishing exclusively done by hand.

Introduced in 2012, the original Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin marked the Royal Oak's 40th anniversary and was originally available only in platinum, followed by the launch of a yellow gold version in 2016.

Demand from connoisseurs around the world has led to the creation of two new limited edition versions in 2017 - one in brushed 18-carat pink gold with matching bracelet, the other in stainless steel.
Just like their platinum and yellow gold predecessors, each model features the mesmerizing  Audemars Piguet in-house caliber 2924 hand-wound skeleton movement, comprising 216 components  - but in two very different finishes.
The pink gold model (available in 50 examples) features a pink gold mainplate and bridges, while the movement of the steel version (available in 100 examples) is rhodium plated in cool, understated tones.
These will be the very last Royal Oak Extra-Thin Openworked watches featuring this exact skeleton design to be produced.

Technical details
Reference: 26518OR.OO.1220OR.01
Also available in stainless steel, reference 26518ST.OO.1220ST.01

Movement
Hand-Wound Calibre 2924
Total diameter: 31.50 mm (14lignes)
Total thickness: 4.46 mm
Number of jewels: 25   
Number of parts: 216
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 70h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz): 3 (=21,600 vibrations /h)

Case
18-carat pink gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 20 m

Dial
Slate grey dial, open-worked, pink gold applied hour-markers  and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Functions
Tourbillon, power-reserve, hours and minutes

Bracelet
18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

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