Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet revealed its first Royal Oak Selfwinding for the smaller wrists fully crafted in black ceramics. The sleek design of the 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic is refined with pink gold accents for a two-tone contrast.
Exploring the creative possibility of black ceramics, the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic combines advanced technology with exceptional craftsmanship. The timepiece’s robust build offers inspiring contrasts and plays of light. Each ceramic model needed dedicated manufacturing and hand-finishing processes. Making its appearance in the 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding collection, the composition and manufacturing of this hard material had to be adapted to the watch’s diminutive size, without altering the Royal Oak’s proportions, design, and finishing techniques.
Zirconium Oxide (ZrO2) powder, mixed with dedicated binder content is converted into ceramics through a complex industrial flow requiring different stages of high-precision machining. The exact composition of ceramics is Audemar Piguet’s secret. Pigments of colors are added to the powder before the manufacturing process, making it an essential part of the material. The final color of components is achieved only once they have been sintered at more than 1400°C. Reaching a homogeneous color across all components is not an easy task as pigments are extremely sensitive to temperature variations.
Each ceramic component is pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed, before being finished by hand with the Manufacture’s signature alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers. This light, yet ultra-resistant and scratchproof material protects the movement and the detailed hand finishing decorates the case and bracelet with an ever-changing play of light. The back of the watch features eight hexagonal screws in 18-carat pink gold that secure the bezel to the case while bringing a subtle touch of color.