Audemars Piguet has joined forces with Haute Couture designer Tamara Ralph to present a stunning limited edition timepiece. The Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, revealed during Tamara Ralph’s Spring/Summer 2024 Haute Couture Fashion Week runway show in Paris, is a testament to the seamless fusion of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture. This collaboration showcases the brands’ commitment to craftsmanship, creativity, and the pursuit of beauty.
Inspired by Tamara Ralph’s bold femininity, boundless creativity, and timeless elegance, the timepiece is a masterpiece in 18-carat pink gold adorned with Frosted Gold. The graded hues, ranging from brown and bronze to golden tones, create a visual symphony that mirrors the designer’s aesthetic. The collaboration celebrates the natural synergies between the worlds of high-end watchmaking and fashion, emphasizing Audemars Piguet’s dedication to seeking inspiration from diverse creative fields.
The Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon “Tamara Ralph” Limited Edition features an intricately crafted case adorned with Frosted Gold – a technique revisited by jewelry designer Carolina Bucci. The multi-layered dial, inspired by Tamara Ralph’s Couture creations, exhibits a captivating ripple effect with colors evolving from brown to bronze and finally to golden tones. The attention to detail is evident in the finishing techniques, including hammering, brushing, and polishing, creating a sumptuous texture with plays of light.
Powered by the hand-wound Calibre 2964, this limited edition timepiece combines tradition with modernity. The flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock not only showcases technical mastery but also adds a touch of sophistication to the overall aesthetic. The delicate, high-end complication counters the effects of gravity on the watch’s accuracy, symbolizing the pinnacle of watchmaking art. The movement’s back bridges, visible through the sapphire caseback, are adorned with circles, adding texture and depth while echoing the Frosted Gold finishing of the case.
The hexagonal crown, reminiscent of the stainless steel screws on the bezel, plays with light through its satin-brushed and polished finishing. The “large square scale” alligator straps, hand-stitched and available in bronze and brown, add a refined touch. The timepiece’s glittering hues and intricate details, reminiscent of a Couture piece, make it a captivating accessory that catches the eye from both up close and afar.
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