What we have here are three new versions of the Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin, each with a colorful sunray-finished guilloché dial. There’s a purple version (which AP is calling "plum’) with stainless steel case and bracelet, a rose gold version with a blue dial, and, at the very top, a smoked blue execution with matching sapphire-set bezel and – wait for it – a platinum case and bracelet. If you look closely at the patterns on these dials, you can see that they represent an evolution of the expected Tapisserie style that has long been linked to Audemars Piguet and the Royal Oak, only now it radiates out from the tourbillon.
Why This Watch Matters
I think that it’s safe to say that of the "trinity" of great Swiss watchmakers, Audemars Piguet is the youngest in attitude, the brand most willing to try different things and not take itself quite so seriously. So it can’t really surprise us to see such a classic dress watch outfitted with a new dial design shot through with such vivid colors. But a dial is just a dial, right. Powering this watch is a beautifully-finished, manually-wound tourbillon movement, the AP Caliber 2924, whose finishing, when viewed through the sapphire casebook, also radiates from the tourbillon.
I saw AP CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias in Miami late last year, and I noticed that he was wearing a vibrant purple Royal Oak, the likes of which I had never seen before. We had quite a few other interesting watches in the room at the time, including an AP Supersonnerie, so I didn’t pay overmuch attention to it. He said that it was something that he’d asked to be made for himself, so I figured it was a unique piece just for Francois’s collection. (Must be nice to be the CEO of AP, right?) Well, here we see that not only is it indeed a production piece, but it’s joined by two other editions with more than ample flair. And come to think of it, he’d picked a pretty perfect Miami watch.
Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin
Reference Number: 26522ST.OO.1220ST.01 (stainless steel), 26522OR.OO.1220OR.01 (pink gold), 26521PT.YY.1220PT.01 (platinum)
Diameter: 41 mm
Case Material: Platinum with sapphires, pink gold, or stainless steel
Dial Color: Plum, blue, or smoked blue
Indexes: Applied indexes and Royal Oak hands
Lume: Yes, on hour markers and hands
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Bracelet in the same metal as the case
Caliber: AP Caliber 2924
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon escapement
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Pricing & Availability
Price: Coming Soon
Availability: April 2018