In the mid 1970s, Audemars Piguet presented a watch that would perpetually join the universes of extravagance and game. Presently, just about 50 years after the fact, the brand keeps on finding imaginative and fascinating approaches to rehash 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 extraordinary restricted version model. It wasn’t accompanied by the standard 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 natural 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 perhaps 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 principal model, Audemars Piguet set itself the practically unimaginable undertaking 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 variant. The Royal Oak wristband is amazing, 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 overly light gratitude to the utilization of ceramic. It’s additionally very attractive. All-black watches are by and large known for being somewhat 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 a strong 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 significant 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 different embellishments on the dial. Beside the super thin tourbillon at six o’clock obviously, which is magnificently enhanced. The general look is smooth and refined, yet still with that trace of liveliness 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 save 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 extensions has been altered to bring to the table a superior perspective on the moving parts underneath and the Geneva Stripes take on to a greater extent 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 topic of the in general 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 selective. The cost is CHF 156,000 and the word on the road is that every one of the 100 models have just been represented. I can’t say if that is exact yet don’t anticipate seeing such a large number of these awful young men out in the wild (and unquestionably not without a superior appended). For more data: www.audermarspiguet.com .