Replica Suppliers Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Ladies’ Flying Tourbillon And Double Balance Wheel Frosted Gold Openworked


The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Ladies’ Flying Tourbillon.

Audemars Piguet continues to quietly introduce some of the most important ladies’ watches on the market, a fact that is often overlooked in the shadow of its massively popular Royal Oak men’s collection. This year at SIHH, two new watches for ladies in the Royal Oak collection may change that once and for all. First, in a continuation of its growing presence in the jewelry watch segment, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Concept Ladies’ Flying Tourbillon. It goes beyond high-level gemsetting to include a complication that represents a first-ever for Audemars Piguet. It also takes pride of place within the brand’s important Royal Oak collection. The new Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Frosted Gold Openworked is another winner. Designed for “a smaller wrist,” this watch is also ahead of the curve when it comes to ladies’ timepieces.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Frosted Gold Openworked.

The Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Frosted Gold Openworked is a decorated, 37mm version of the non-frosted men’s Royal Oak Double Balance introduced in 2016, with the same openworked Caliber 3132. The movement’s claim to fame is that it has two balance wheels and two hairsprings oscillating together on the same axis, theoretically cancelling out each other’s rate errors. The result is a watch that is more accurate and more stable.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked.

The movement is hand-finished and openworked to show the depth of the bridges, and it is presented in a two-tone composition: the balance, upper balance bridge, indexes, and hands are pink or yellow gold, while the rest of the components are rhodium plated. The case and bracelet are frosted gold, a continuation of Audemars Piguet’s collaboration with Florentine jewelry designer Carolina Bucci and a technique known as the Florentine method of indenting gold to create a shimmering sparkle, like snow.

The black satin-brushed dial is partially skeletonized to reveal the internal workings of this watch. However, as they’re fairly chunky, telling the timing isn’t overly difficult, but legibility isn’t ideal. That being said, this isn’t really a bit where the palms are the focus. The running moments hand for the chronograph is bright yellow to give contrast against the black dial.Finally, the respective minute markers and the mark to the 30-minute chronograph in 3 o’clock are rendered in yellow and white to offer maximum contrast and legibility. The 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock is also exceptional because it displays the elapsed minutes with a retrograde index. And finally, at six o’clock is that the tourbillon.The movement is where the magic all occurs. It is obviously in-house, and it is the calibre 2937. Manually wound, it features a staggering 478 parts, beats at 3Hz, and supplies a power reserve of 42 hours. And like most of luxury chronograph movements, it has a column-wheel and lateral clutch.What’s odd about it, however, is both gongs. Instead of mounting the gongs into the movement plate, they’re attached to what Audemars Piguet requires for a “sound board” Essentially, it is a thin membrane made from a special copper alloy that covers the back of the movement, held in place by screws, along with forming a water-tight seal. This clarifies how the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch is able to acquire a water-resistance rating of 20 meters, which might not seem like much to a casual observer, but that could not be more incorrect. The 20 meters is in fact quite impressive considering the intricate structure of the watch.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Frosted Gold Openworked.

The finish was introduced last year on the ladies’ Royal Oak. The 37mm, 18k white gold Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Frosted Gold Openworked is priced at $76,000. There is also a 37mm rose gold version with a case that is not frosted, priced at $68,500.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Ladies’ Flying Tourbillon.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Ladies’ Flying Tourbillon is not only the first ladies’ piece in the Concept collection but also the brand’s first flying tourbillon, in any collection (a flying tourbillon was also introduced in a new men’s piece this year: the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT). Like the men’s Royal Oak, the watch is all angles – the eight-sided bezel with six-sided screws is signature to the collection.

The Audemars PiguetRoyal Oak Concept Ladies’ Flying Tourbillon.

The dial plate is cut away at sharp angles, like broken ice, to reveal angled bridges and an openworked barrel. A sea of diamonds decorates the bridges, bezel, case, and strap attachments. At 38.5mm wide, it’s a little bigger than the Openworked, but the space is used wisely as a canvas for all those diamonds. The case is 18k white gold, and there are two versions: one with 459 round brilliant diamonds totaling 3.65 carats (priced at 190,000 CHF or about $203,350); and the other with invisibly set baguette-cut diamonds (priced at 395,000 CHF or $422,757).

The Royal Oak Concept Ladies’ Flying Tourbillon baguette version.

Audemars Piguet is always full of surprises when it comes to ladies’ watches. It’s almost impossible to guess what’s next, but it is possible to hope. This year the brand introduced the world’s thinnest perpetual calendar, with the miniaturized Caliber 5133, at only 6.3mm thick in the case. It would be great to see this movement used in a new ladies’ perpetual calendar! audemarspiguet.com

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