When Audemars Piguet chooses to polish its timeless Royal Oak, it usually goes for something subtle: a hardware upgrade or a slight change in size. This is not the case for its latest series of Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillons, which are the very definition of a statement piece.
Six styles of these beautiful timepieces are offered, each sporting a different take on the very chic theme and offered on a crocodile leather or mosaic strap. The Crown Jewels of the Lot – pun intended – are two models featuring bezels and dials set with hundreds of multi-colored gemstones that create a true rainbow effect.
To be precise, these rainbow-hued Royal Oaks sport a dozen types of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, topazes and other precious stones: 468 brilliant stones or 207 baguette-cut gemstones, to be precise, arriving at very select. in October 2021 and early 2022, respectively.
And then, to showcase these indescribably opulent watches, their case is finished with diamonds or several rainbow precious stones.
There are also (slightly) more sober Royal Oak watches, in which four models feature only blue sapphires. They’re a bit more toned down, maybe a bit tastier, but certainly no less exquisite.
It’s kind of amazing to imagine what it feels like to walk around with one of those bad boys strapped to your wrist. Surely, a glimpse would shatter the monocle or explode the top hat of one of the yacht club’s bluebloods.
All kidding aside, these are incredibly luxurious iterations of an already outrageously high-end timepiece. Audemars backs its opulence with genuine craftsmanship. These Royal Oaks aren’t lavish just for fun: they testify to AP at the height of its elegance, true works of art.