Audemars Piguet launches first-ever Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is introducing the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph into its recently updated Offshore collection. The watch combines a flyback chronograph with a flying tourbillon. Furthermore, it is a limited edition of only 100 pieces.

The case of the new model is titanium, and measures 43 mm in diameter. Interestingly, to improve ergonomics, the polished bevelled edges of the titanium case are now wider than previous models. In addition, the bezel and the anti-reflective sapphire crystal are now vertically rounded. Meanwhile, the alternation between hand-polished bevels and sandblasted surfaces creates a level of contrast across the watch. Additionally, a sapphire crystal caseback reveals the movement. Last but not least, the case withstands water pressure up to 10 bar or 100 m.

The dial: Setting the scene for the mechanics

The open-worked dial of the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph, with its black outer ring and two transparent chronograph counters, showcases the two-tone movement. Two broad hands in white gold indicate the time. However, the watch omits indices. Rather, an outer ring displays the minute scale. Furthermore, instead of the full Audemars Piguet signature, there is only the ‘AP’ logo on the front. Finally, the red chronograph hands round off the dial with a splash of colour.

The movement of the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph

Fans will recognise the calibre 2967 from the Code 11.59 line. The calibre, now in a modified form powers the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph. The movement offers a power reserve of 65 hours and an automatic winding mechanism with a 22-carat gold weight. The chronograph with flyback function makes it possible to restart a time measurement without having to stop it first. In addition, a column wheel ensures smooth switching operations. Audemars Piguet places the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which compensates for the influence of gravity on the balance. The size of the movement has been adapted to fit the case. In addition, the manufacture decorates the movement with titanium bridges with a black PVD coating, containing colour-contrasting titanium inserts. The polished outer bevels of the bridges highlight the contrast between the surfaces. The oscillating weight also receives a PVD finish.

Royal Oak Offshore: Now with interchangeable strap system

Just like the other models in the 2021 Offshore collection, the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph features the new strap changing system. It allows the wearer to quickly replace the strap by simply sliding it out. With the double push system, the manufacturer guarantees optimal safety when worn. The watch comes on a black rubber strap with an AP folding clasp, which uses sandblasted titanium. Last but not least, a hand-sewn black interchangeable strap made of alligator leather is also included.

Finally, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph Automatic is released in a limited edition of 100 pieces. The price is not yet publicly available.

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Audemars Piguet Introduces Its First-Ever Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Royal Oak

Iconic Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has just released its first-ever Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in the Royal Oak design. Originally designed as a time-and-date model when it was introduced in 1972, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has since been offered with countless complications, including the most complex of them all, a grand complication. 

The tourbillon, an Audemars Piguet speciality is, of course, no stranger to the Royal Oak and was first used in the iconic luxury sports watch in 1997 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this model. Today, the latest evolution is revealed, this time with an automatic flying tourbillon movement, first launched in Code 11.59. Available in three versions, including a surprising titanium edition, here’s the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm.

Looking at the current Royal Oak collection, you’ll notice that there is already a tourbillon model. Yet, this iteration of the Royal Oak is hand-wound, features an extra-thin movement and its tourbillon cage has a classic architecture, with bridges front and back.

Today, the brand introduces something more modern and with a movement that has never been used before on the brand’s luxury sports watch, the Calibre 2950 that was first used on Code 11.59. And while this isn’t the first automatic tourbillon movement used on the Royal Oak, this is the first to combine a self-winding mechanism and a flying architecture.

The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon will be available in three different references, but before we look at them in more detail, let’s look at common points. The case for these new models measures 41mm in diameter and is slightly thicker than the aforementioned extra-thin models – at about 11.5mm.

Other than that we find the same design as all other editions of the Royal Oak, with the signature octagonal bezel with 8 gold screws, the shaped case and the integrated metallic bracelet. All watches combine sporty brushed surfaces with beautifully polished accents.

Concerning the dial, two of the models (steel and gold) have a guilloché surface with the ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern that was introduced on the hand-wound tourbillon models in 2018 – with a focal point radiating from the centre of the tourbillon. The titanium model is, on the other hand, quite different and entirely new.

A detail worth noting is the applied 24k gold Audemars Piguet signature, a first in the Royal Oak. This specific applied logo was first created for Code 11.59 and is achieved through a chemical process akin to 3D printing known as galvanic growth. Each letter is connected with thin links almost invisible to the eye. The signature is then fixed on the dial by hand with minuscule legs.

The in-house calibre 2950, a movement that was first introduced in the Code 11.59 collection and that combines flying tourbillon – an architecture that was first used by Audemars Piguet in 2018, in the Royal Oak Concept – and automatic winding is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback.

The movement, entirely decorated with Haute Horlogerie techniques (the Geneva stripes are, however, different from Code 11.59, as here radiating), is large and modern. It beats at 3Hz and boasts a comfortable power reserve of 65 hours. Depending on the edition, the openworked oscillating weight is made from pink gold or rhodium-toned pink gold.

Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in Steel

The first of these three Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon models is offered in stainless steel with a blue dial (Ref. 26530ST.OO.1220ST.01), a classic combination for this watch that refers to the original 1972 model. Both the case and the bracelet are executed in the typical Royal Oak style, with brushed surfaces and polished bevels.

The dial of this steel edition, besides having the modern and striking ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern, is also executed with a gradient smoked effect, with a darker periphery than the centre of the dial. This gives depth to the flying tourbillon while also providing great contrast for the white gold hands and applied hour markers.

Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in Titanium

The second version of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm (Ref. 26530TI.OO.1220TI.01) is the most surprising and distinctive of the three. First of all, its case is made of grade 5 titanium, a material that is rarely used on the Royal Oak (except some limited editions, and often combined with platinum). The use of titanium results in a different colour (colder than steel) and mostly, in a watch that is more comfortable on the wrist, thanks to the lightness of this metal.

The second impact is the dial, which presents a sleek, monochromatic alternative to the Royal Oak’s trademark ‘Tapisserie’ pattern. This slate grey dial has an unprecedented sandblasted central surface and the chapter ring is executed with a snailed pattern. The signature hands and markers are, on the other hand, retained.

Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in 18k Pink Gold

Last but not least, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm will be offered in a warm and luxurious 18 pink gold edition (26530OR.OO.1220OR.01) with a matching integrated bracelet. On this edition, gold accents are also found on the dial hands and markers, on the tourbillon cage and finally on the oscillating weight.

Its dial also relies on the modern ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern radiating from the centre of the tourbillon. It has an appealing grey colour with gradient smoked effect, the periphery being darker than the centre.

These three new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm are released in the permanent collection. If you ask for the price of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, you probably can’t afford it. Currently listed on the watchmakers website with ‘Price available upon request’, head over to your nearest flagship to reserve one now.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is available at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Audemars Piguet.