Audemars Piguet released its first ever Royal Oak model with a flying tourbillon.
Rather than being supported by a bridge on the dial side and a bridge on the movement side, the flying tourbillon is cantilevered, i.e. is only secured to the plate on one side so offering an unobstructed view of the mechanism on the other side.
The new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is available in three variations: in steel, in titanium and in rose gold.
The most interesting is probably the titanium version, especially for its grey opalin dial that makes without the typical tapisserie motif. Protected by a glareproofed sapphire crystal, the dial is enhanced by white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
The 41 mm case has a thickness of 10.4 mm and is waterproof up to a pressure of 50 metres / 165 feet.
The transparent sapphire crystal caseback reveals the Manufacture calibre 2950 beating at the frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour) with a power reserve of 65 hours.
Matched to a titanium bracelet with AP folding clasp, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon ref. 26530TI has a price of Euro 138,700. Same price for the steel version (ref. 26530ST) while the gold version (ref. 26530OR) is Euro 170,000. audemarspiguet.com