Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon presents three new Self-winding Flying Tourbillon variants in pink gold or titanium, all of which incorporate green hues.

Upholding Audemars Piguet’s reputation for making high complications, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon showcases the talents of the Manufacture’s craftspeople with three new variants and much hand-finishing in evidence. Each option is presented in a 41mm case and is endowed with a green Tapisserie dial enriched with a sunburst pattern.The first reference comes with an 18-carat pink gold case with matching hour-markers and hands. This model is limited to just 10 pieces. The second model, limited to 50 pieces, is crafted in full titanium. The third model, limited to 15 pieces, combines a titanium case with an 18-carat white gold bezel set with 32 baguette-cut emeralds (~2.41 carats), each individually cut, faceted and set by hand. The emeralds’ verdant hues enhance the green colour of the Tapisserie dial, while offering a unique play of light. Both titanium models incorporate white gold applied hour-makers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating and are complemented with a titanium bracelet. All models are equipped with the self-winding Manufacture Calibre 2950, the latest generation of the Audemars Piguet flying tourbillon. Unlike a conventional tourbillon, a flying tourbillon eschews the upper bridge, affording views of the escapement, regulating organ and cage in motion.
Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet unveiled its very first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked in a 41 mm diameter to celebrate the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary. This stainless steel timepiece is powered by the Manufacture’s first ever selfwinding flying tourbillon openworked mechanism, Calibre 2972, premiered on this elegant monochromatic timepiece. This latest in-house movement builds on Audemars Piguet’s long expertise in both openworking and tourbillon mechanisms, pushing the contemporary aesthetics to new heights.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is such an icon that all integrated sports watches stand in its shadow. And yes, I’m daring to include Patek Philippe’s Nautilus in this. The Royal Oak debuted in 1972 and has remained the gold standard of sports watches for 50 years. It’s carried the Caliber 2121 from day one, a Jaeger-LeCoultre ébauche used by Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin as well. These three brands form the “Holy Trinity” of luxury Swiss watchmakers. The new Royal Oak 16202 doesn’t reinvent the wheel in terms of design, but the new in-house automatic is comparable to Ferrari introducing a new engine. It’s a big deal.
Side-by-side, the outgoing Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin 15202 is nigh identical to the new 16202 save for a few very subtle changes. The case remains classically proportioned at 39mm in diameter with a thickness of just 8.1mm. Bevels on the front and back are slightly bigger, while the case back is a touch more integrated with the body. Very subtle, folks. The bracelet hasn’t changed, either – brushed and polished by hand, integrated and secured via a double folding clasp.The dial has the same Petite Tapisserie pattern with no seconds hand and a date window at 3 o’clock. That window has moved closer to the right by a small fraction of a millimeter. No, you won’t notice.The AP logo is again positioned above 6 o’clock and the applied indices and hands have Super-LumiNova. Of course, eight screws still adorn the octagonal bezel and there are sapphire crystals front and back. Water-resistance is again rated at 50 meters.
Before we get to the movement, there’s four new 16202 models separated by metals and dial colors. The first is stainless steel (ref. 16202ST.OO.1240ST.01) with white gold accents and classic blue (Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50) dial, then there’s pink gold (ref. 16202OR.OO.1240OR.01) with a smoked grey dial, yellow gold (ref. 16202BA.OO.1240BA.01) with a smoked yellow gold-tone dial and Platinum 950 (ref. 16202PT.OO.1240PT.01) with a smoked green dial. The major change is what powers the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin watch – the all-new, in-house Caliber 7121 automatic. This one is an AP movement through-and-through, developed and manufactured by the company. What’s changed? The beat has increased from 2.75Hz to 4Hz for better overall precision, the power reserve has increased from 40 to 55 hours, the bidirectional rotor now uses ball bearings for less wear, dimensions have increased slightly from 28mm to 29.6mm in diameter and it’s 0.15mm thicker (without changing the case dimensions), the balance wheel has inertia blocks placed within it to reduce friction and there’s a patented extra-thin low-energy date-setting mechanism (quick-set date). Seen from the exhibition case back, the open-worked rotor has a special “50 YEARS” logo that will only be present on 2022 models, so this is a special year for collectors. The rotor also matches the case metal. Hand finishing includes flawless Côtes de Genève, circular graining and polished bevels.

After 50 years, it’s good to see such an iconic piece remain aesthetically true to the original (and many subsequent models). The old Caliber 2121 was certainly getting long in the tooth, so the new Caliber 7121 brings the model up to date in all the right ways.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Green Family

March is traditionally an exciting month for watch enthusiasts. In the before times, we would be getting a peek at all the novelties coming out of Baselworld. And though the community still can’t congregate in the usual way, it’s comforting to know that brands are still advancing their lineups.

What’s more, 2021 feels more thrilling than usual. We have seen exciting updates from big brands (like the Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385 and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36) and cult favorites (like the DOXA SUB 300 carbon COSC). And now Audemars Piguet has energized its Royal Oak collection with several new emerald-hued dials.
Audemars Piguet has just announced several new Royal Oak models enriched with green dials. The launch includes a 950 platinum Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin with a smoked green dial embellished with a sunburst pattern and a limited-edition Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph with an 18-karat yellow gold case and green “Grande Tapisserie” dial. Lastly, the manufacture also presented three new Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon variants in pink gold or titanium, all of which incorporate green dials.
One of the most exciting developments in watchmaking at this moment is that it feels like brands are listening to their buyers. That is why we have seen so many reimaginings of emblematic timepieces like the Royal Oak. Enthusiasts want a high-performance watch that will still stand out from other pieces in their collection.

Audemars Piguet first employed jewel-toned dials in brown, green, and blue tones back in the 1970s. And these lively and expressive dials have only gained popularity at auction and in the secondary market, bringing them back feels super relevant. Plus, we could all indulge in a little color therapy these days.
These emerald-themed Royal Oaks tick all the boxes in many other ways. The smokey green sunburst dial of the “Jumbo” Extra-Thin is framed by a 950 platinum case and bracelet and marks the first time this configuration has appeared in the 15202 collection. It may be called “Jumbo,” but it measures 39mm in diameter and 8.10mm in thickness for a super slim silhouette.Additionally, the green dial accentuates white gold applied hour-markers, and the signature Royal Oak hands are treated with luminescent coating for legibility in dim light. The Audemars Piguet logo is positioned below 12 o’clock, while the AP initials are located at 6 o’clock, as “Jumbo” convention dictates.

At the heart of the watch is the selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2121 fitted with a 22-karat gold oscillating weight. Functions include hours, minutes, and date.
Audemars Piguet also updated the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph with a new colorway, matching a gorgeous green “Grande Tapisserie” pattern with an 18-karat yellow gold case. This face offers a lot of texture to talk about, like the three snailed counters with alternating brushed surfaces and polished accents. But the most interesting effect of the texture is how the raised squares of the tapisserie dial enrich the green finish. The 18-karat yellow gold case also magnifies this lustrous effect. Housed in a 41mm case, this version of the Royal Oak is powered by the selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2385, which includes an 18-karat gold oscillating weight. In addition to its chronograph function, the movement indicates the hours, minutes, small seconds, and date.

Limited to 125 pieces, this model has a solid caseback engraved with “Limited Edition.” These details aren’t reinventing the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph, but they are remaking the way we look at luxury.Finally, along with the yellow gold bracelet and AP folding clasp, the model comes with two additional straps – green calfskin and green rubber – so you can pretty much wear it in any situation.
Enthusiasts also enjoy a good story to go along with their timepieces. And this trio of new limited edition Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillons showcases the history of the house’s haute horlogerie artisans by using the brand’s unique hand-finishing and gem-setting skills to light up your list.

Each iteration is presented in a 41mm case and endowed with a green tapisserie dial laid out in a sunburst pattern.

The first reference comes in an 18-karat pink gold case with matching hour-markers and hands. This model is limited to just 10 pieces. The no-frills second model, a limited edition of 50 pieces, and the opulent third model, limited to 15 pieces, are crafted from titanium.

The third version marries the light titanium case with an 18-karat white gold bezel set with 2.41 carats of baguette-cut emeralds. And each of these 32 stones is cut, faceted, and set by hand. Moreover, the emeralds’ verdant tones enrich the green tint of the tapisserie dial, presenting an unparalleled play of light.Both titanium models incorporate white gold applied hour-makers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, and both are complemented with a titanium bracelet.

All three iterations of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon are equipped with Manufacture Calibre 2950, the most recent generation of the Audemars Piguet flying tourbillon. Unlike a conventional tourbillon, this mechanism foregoes the upper bridge to provide a better view of the escapement, regulating organ, and cage while in action.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph

While it’s safe to say that Audemars Piguet’s SIHH was somewhat tumultuous, it wasn’t without its more crowd-pleasing fare. Among a handful of new Royal Oak expressions, we find what might be the most well balanced and sweet-on-wrist of the lot, the new 38mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph. While perhaps not a surprise offering from the house of the Royal Oak, this all-new model retains the charm of the standard Royal Oak while adding an automatic chronograph in a trio of colorways that sing on wrist.
I think that, provided you’re into the general vibe of a Royal Oak, these new 38mm chronographs are really really good. Offered in pink gold with a silver-white dial or steel in either a silver-on-grey dial or a blue-on-white/white panda dial, the three combinations offer something a bit sporty, a bit more reserved, or a bit more boss (ok, a lot more boss).

At 38mm across with screw-down pushers, 50m water resistance, and an automatic movement, the case is only 11mm thick and the whole package feels solid, thoughtful, and undeniably fun. Also available in a 41mm version that has been around for some time, while 41mm isn’t exactly large in the modern watch game, these new models err closer to the Royal Oak’s spiritual home of 39mm and, for my wrist and eyes, feel better proportioned than the larger version.
Despite dropping those three millimeters, the new 38mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph still employs the same movement that is used in the larger RO chronograph (and also many past models), the Selfwinding Caliber 2385. Based on the Frédéric Piguet 1185, this column-wheel chronograph movement features an integrated design, a rate of 3 Hz, and 40 hours of power reserve.
For those reading this and finding it hard to see the appeal, there is something so special, so right, about a Royal Oak on wrist. If you can, swing by an AP boutique and try on a few examples. I honestly didn’t fully understand the draw until I tried on a solid gold 5402 (now it’s a grail). And while I’m not at all a chronograph guy, the chrono display nestles so nicely into the “Grande Tapisserie” dial on these 38mm chronographs that I almost don’t mind the date at 4:30. Almost.
The grey/silver is low key, the blue on white/silver is sporty and really good, but you know your boy is all about the solid pink gold version with the white/silver dial. Priced at $23,800 in steel and $52,700 in gold, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph is little more than a re-working of the Royal Oak proportions but it’s a strong example of less being more (even in solid gold).

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding

While it’s safe to say that Audemars Piguet’s SIHH was somewhat tumultuous, it wasn’t without its more crowd-pleasing fare. Among a handful of new Royal Oak expressions, we find what might be the most well balanced and sweet-on-wrist of the lot, the new 38mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph. While perhaps not a surprise offering from the house of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding, this all-new model retains the charm of the standard Royal Oak while adding an automatic chronograph in a trio of colorways that sing on wrist.
I think that, provided you’re into the general vibe of a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding , these new 38mm chronographs are really really good. Offered in pink gold with a silver-white dial or steel in either a silver-on-grey dial or a blue-on-white/white panda dial, the three combinations offer something a bit sporty, a bit more reserved, or a bit more boss (ok, a lot more boss).

At 38mm across with screw-down pushers, 50m water resistance, and an automatic movement, the case is only 11mm thick and the whole package feels solid, thoughtful, and undeniably fun. Also available in a 41mm version that has been around for some time, while 41mm isn’t exactly large in the modern watch game, these new models err closer to the Royal Oak’s spiritual home of 39mm and, for my wrist and eyes, feel better proportioned than the larger version.
Despite dropping those three millimeters, the new 38mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chrono still employs the same movement that is used in the larger RO chronograph (and also many past models), the Selfwinding Caliber 2385. Based on the Frédéric Piguet 1185, this column-wheel chronograph movement features an integrated design, a rate of 3 Hz, and 40 hours of power reserve.
For those reading this and finding it hard to see the appeal, there is something so special, so right, about a Royal Oak on wrist. If you can, swing by an AP boutique and try on a few examples. I honestly didn’t fully understand the draw until I tried on a solid gold 5402 (now it’s a grail). And while I’m not at all a chronograph guy, the chrono display nestles so nicely into the “Grande Tapisserie” dial on these 38mm chronographs that I almost don’t mind the date at 4:30. Almost.
The grey/silver is low key, the blue on white/silver is sporty and really good, but you know your boy is all about the solid pink gold version with the white/silver dial. Priced at $23,800 in steel and $52,700 in gold, the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph is little more than a re-working of the Royal Oak proportions but it’s a strong example of less being more (even in solid gold).