Audemars Piguet is one of the three luxury watch brands in the world which is known as the Holy Trinity of watches. When taking a closer look at the history of this brand, one of the major pivot points in its success is the Royal Oak series which was first released in 1972.This octagonal shaped watch was designed by the Great Swiss watch maker Gérald Genta. When this watch first came out it didn’t make much noise in the market. Buyers were not very much interested in this due to its unconventional nature but later with several marketing campaigns people became deeply attracted to this watch and it became an international hit.
The case size of the first released Royal Oak watch was 39mm. People began calling it “Jumbo” as the case size was a bit huge compared to the other watches in the market. Complications started getting added to the watch during 1980’s with the release of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. Due to the complications the case was 9.5mm thick. But later in 2012 marking the 40thAnniversary of the Royal Oak series, Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak ref. 15202whichwas marketed as “Extra Thin” though people still called it “Jumbo”. That was the first time Royal Oak introduced their 39mm x 8.1mm case.
After the introduction of 39mm x 8.1mm case in 2012 the Research and Development team of Audemars Piguet was given the challenge of including a self-winding tourbillon in a Jumbo case having a thickness of 8.1mm. Later in January 2022 Audemars Piguet was able to release the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-windingFlying Tourbillon Extra-Thin RD#339mm. This watch is powered by Audemars Piguet’s new Ultra-thin Caliber 2968.
Few months later Audemars Piguet released the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin RD#337mm which had the same movement and Caliber as the 39mm version. This 37 mm watch is an absolutely stunning time piece with a stunning Purple colour with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern. The watch features a flying Tourbillon at 6 O’clock of the watch and its hands and indexes are covered in white gold with a luminescent coating. The case and the bracelet of the watch is made out stainless steel and the crystal of the watch is a Glareproofed sapphire crystal. Also this watch features a visible case back which you can clearly see the 50th Anniversary Rotor.
This watch is water resistant up to 50 meters and it comes with a power reserve of 50 hours. The watch is priced at $165,000, though it’s not a limited edition watch, the production of this watch will most certainly be limited.
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