This is a preview of the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon that Audemars Piguet will officially unveil at SIHH 2014 in January. The original Royal Oak Concept was launched in 2002, and there have been a number of subsequent updates that followed. This year’s model features a white ceramic bezel, crown and pusher — with a titanium middle case. Additionally, white ceramic was incorporated into the upper bridge of the caliber 2913 movement — visible when you look at the dial. It is the white hourglass shaped component that runs from 12 to 6 o’clock.
September 29, 2013 | Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet has just announced an official watch named after their NBA brand ambassador Lebron James — the Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James Limited Edition. It is presented in a 44 mm 18K pink gold Offshore case, with a titanium bezel and black ceramic crown and pushers. Pink gold and grey rubber are used for the pushpiece guards. Notably, the top pusher is set with 14 small diamonds, further distinguishing this as the special Lebron James model.
We previewed the 459 lots that will be auctioned at Antiquorum New York this Wednesday (September 18th, 2013). Of the hundreds of timepieces for sale, our three most wanted are the: AP Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin, Patek Philippe Platinum Perpetual Calendar and Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox in Steel.
Click below for a wristshot and description for each piece.
Designed by Gérald Genta (1931-2011) in 1972, the Royal Oak was the first steel luxury wristwatch. Over the past four decades, it has become the icon of the storied Swiss manufacture — Audemars Piguet. Located in the Vallée de Joux, and still in the hands of the founding families, AP sits among an elite few at the top of the Swiss watch range.
Introduced in January at SIHH, the Jules Audemars Extra-Thin now comes with a beautiful new silvered guilloché dial. The 18K pink gold case is 41 mm in diameter and a mere 6.7 mm thick with alternating brushed and polished finishes. It is an elegant time only dress watch, with just hours and minutes displayed by pink gold facetted hour markers and hands. The movement is only 2.45 mm thick — it has 36 jewels, 212 total parts a 40-hour power reserve and a frequency of 19,800 (2.75Hz). The bridges are hand finished with Côtes de Genève and the mainplate has perlage (circular graining). The oscillating weight is skeletonized in 22K rose gold, with a brushed finish.