Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon
11 July, 2014 at 9:08 am in Business
Audemars Piguet released its first Audemars Piguet replica Concept watch in 2002 with a case made of Alacrite 602. Another Concept model, in 2008, featured a forged carbon case, and the 2011 model combined a titanium case with a black ceramic bezel. Ahead of the 2014 SIHH watch fair in January, AP has unveiled the newest in the series, the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon, which adds a white ceramic bezel to the titanium case.
The Audemars Piguet replica A.Lange&Sohne Concept GMT Tourbillon features a bezel, crown and push-pieces in white ceramic (replacing the 2011 model’s black ceramic), contrasting with the sculpted titanium case middle. Audemars Piguet has also incorporated ceramic into the movement itself, using the material for the hourglass-shaped upper bridge, which serves to highlight the symmetry of the watch’s main attractions, its tourbillon and GMT display. Both are visible through the open dial, another hallmark of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept series, which was initially launched as a tribute to the Royal Oak’s 30th anniversary.
Creating the Franck Muller replica white ceramic parts was a complex and time-consuming process, AP says, because ceramic is almost nine times harder than steel and virtually scratch-proof. Special milling-cutter machines equipped with diamond-tipped tools were required (ceramic can only be scratched by diamonds) for the process; each bezel takes about eight hours to make, compared to 45 minutes or so for a comparable bezel made of steel.
The watch’s 44-mm-diameter case is made of titanium, a metal prized for its toughness and lightness (twice as light as steel) and is more rounded than a typical Royal Oak case, the better to highlight the model’s famous octagonal bezel with eight hexagonal screws. The inner flange encircling the dial is made of lightweight anodized aluminum. (Click the photo for a larger image. )#).