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In-Depth with Audemars Piguet’s First Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

| By Brice Goulard | 1 min read |

We all know Audemars Piguet for the legendary Royal Oak that was introduced in 1972. This iconic watch was followed by two other important launches. In 1992, the brand reinvented its luxury sports watch in a robust, more masculine version, the Royal Oak Offshore. Thirty years after the introduction of the inaugural Royal Oak, in 2002, Audemars Piguet introduced a new line in the family, the Royal Oak Concept, with a newly shaped case and no dial to expose the movement.

The Royal Oak Concept has always been a showcase for innovation and research at Audemars Piguet. Innovative materials, complex shapes, new complications – for instance the first SuperSonnerie or the LapTimer – and above all, a predilection for audacious, bold designs characterise the Concept watches. Earlier this year, Audemars Piguet introduced a new flying architecture for the tourbillon, and the first ladies’ (but not strictly made for women) Royal Oak Concept watch.

Today we’re pleased to present our latest in-depth video, looking at Audemars Piguet’s First Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon. In order to guide us through this topic, we’ve invited Audemars Piguet’s historian, Michael L. Friedman, to tell us more about this new milestone for the brand.

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3 responses

  1. Indeed the Royal Oak Concept has been providing customers with the best innovative products. Really appreciate their efforts to provide customers with as much as they can

  2. Another hideous watch whose sole purpose seems to be to demonstrate the wealth of the wearer. Undoubtedly built with skill, but just because you can does not mean you have to.

  3. This video was a lot of talk with too many close ups and not enough full wrist shots. From what I can tell, it’s quite successful with the diamonds, which seem to accentuate the octagonal case style. I do like the integrated bracelet. As horologically superfluous as a tourbillon can be, I like the diamonds here too….really adding to its feminine presence… In spite of what they say.

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