Innovation, conceptualised: new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept
More than two decades after the introduction of the first Audemars Piguet to don the “Royal Oak Concept” namesake, the Swiss luxury watchmaker continues its R&D experimentation of offer pioneering timepieces … and the latest variant, the new Royal Oak Concept Split Second Chronograph GMT Large Date, is no exception.
This cutting-edge Royal Oak is distinguished with a new three-dimensional titanium case, replete with a satin-brushed octagonal bezel fashioned from the same hard-wearing material, measuring 43 mm in diameter. According to the Le Brassus-based brand, this lends the watch a multifaceted, ultra-modern design. The bold look is enhanced with the addition of sandblasted titanium inserts, providing a juxtaposition of angualr and rounded geometrics.
The two-tone open-worked dial — complete with rounded openings cut from a single German silver plate — provides a glimpse into the watch’s complicated micro-mechanics. But before we get to the mechanics of this timepiece, let’s continue with the dial…
The dial features white-gold hour markers and hands crafted from the same precious material. Several contrasting hues highlight the inner bezel and 12- and 6 o’clock-sited sub-dials. Red can be found on the former two items, while yellow has been applied to the latter, adding subtle yet vivid touches to the watch. Those with a keen eye will notice the purple insert where the hands are integrated with the mechanism. So, on to the mechanism…
The latest Royal Oak Concept boasts Audemars Piguet’s high-tech split-seconds flyback chronograph — the Calibre 4407, which the company says, is a feat of mechanical and industrial engineering. The movement also incorporates a GMT function. The self-winding movement comprises a whopping 638 parts. The power reserve is a generous 72 hours.
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