Audemars Piguet presents a small series of six new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon models in white or pink gold that are embellished with an array of graded colored gemstones and diamonds. Four models are paved with graded blue sapphires and two are set with multicolored gemstones creating a rainbow effect.
For the two rainbow models, 12 different types of multicolored gemstones, including rubies, tsavorites, emeralds, topaz, tanzanites, amethysts and various colored sapphires, have been selected. The progressing shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple also bring out the geometry of the case and bezel to create a unique optical experience. While the first model combines a diamond-set case and dial with a baguette-cut rainbow bezel, the other has been fully paved with brilliant-cut multicolored gemstones.
To create the desired shape and size, the diamonds and colored gemstones have been individually cut and polished before being set in gold by the hand. The gem-setting of the dial represented an added challenge due to the diminutive size of the design and movement components.
Two pieces of the new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon series, available in 18-carat white or pink gold, are garnished with 208 baguette-cut graded blue sapphires. The sapphires have been cut in 144 different sizes to match the curves of the Royal Oak Concept case and the architecture of the dial and movement components. The gem-setting for each timepiece required 150 hours of work. These two models set with baguette-cut sapphires will be available in select Audemars Piguet points of sale in 2022.
The new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon watches features the openworked barrel of hand-wound Calibre 2951 which is visible at 11 o’clock. The satin-finished bridges with polished angles and white lacquered decorations, visible in the background of the openworked dial, can also be seen through the sapphire caseback.
The flying tourbillon, which compensates for the effect of gravity and enhances the watch’s accuracy, makes its rotation at 6 o’clock. The tourbillon is set with brilliant-cut gemstones.