Perched on the couch in a modern lounge overlooking the snowy hills past Audemars Piguet‘s manufacture in Le Brassus, Switzerland, CEO François-Henry Bennahmias and head of problems, Michael Friedman, spent two hours debuting the brand new lineup of watches for 2021 (with extra to return within the Fall). That they had loads of mechanical wonders to disclose, however additionally they emphasised the corporate’s massive new partnership with Marvel Comics. Whereas there’s no phrase on what the brand new three way partnership will carry, it was mentioned to be impressed by Bennahmias’s 11-year-long friendship with actor Don Cheadle, who performs Conflict Machine within the Avengers movie franchise. However when Bennahmias was requested who his favourite character is from the comedian empire, he informed journalists current on the digital presentation that he felt his character was extra according to the Hulk.
Judging by the brand new collections, he was conserving the superhero’s pallor and bravado in thoughts when it got here to design. The large information was the introduction of a time and date-only Royal Oak “Jumbo” Additional-Skinny with sunburst inexperienced dial in platinum in lieu of the model’s typical waffle-pattern tapissserie dial. 4 different inexperienced Royal Oaks with tapisserie dials had been additionally launched on tourbillon and chronograph fashions. Strong diver Royal Oaks and a bulkier Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon with a flyback chronograph may also be on supply, in addition to diamond and solid-gold variations of the Royal Oak.
However whereas the Royal Oak continues to be Audemars Piguet’s star, the corporate remained bullish on the Code 11.59 assortment, introducing two new chronograph fashions with ceramic on the center case. Whereas it has solely been two years for the reason that assortment debuted, Bennahmias made positive to level out a display screen that confirmed some 30 variations in manufacturing. To date, Code 11.59 stays the model’s alter ego, extra according to Bruce Banner than the Hulk, however real-life superheroes aren’t made in a single day.
Right here is the rundown of all the brand new fashions.
Royal Oak “Jumbo” Additional-Skinny 39 mm
Will die-hard Royal Oak followers embrace the brand new Jumbo sans tapisserie dial? It’s a decidedly much less sporty tackle the RO ethos with a flat sunburst design and the ref. 15202 mannequin additionally is available in watchmaking’s elite alloy, platinum. Outfitted with the caliber 2121, it contains a solid-gold winding rotor seen by way of the caseback. Platinum is undoubtedly a weighty proposition, however the Jumbo’s slim profile of 39 mm by 8.1 mm counterbalances the heft. Smooth, elegant and easy with a putting inexperienced dial, this would be the highlight piece everybody goes to need, particularly those that couldn’t pay money for the earlier salmon-dial Jumbo. Whereas there’s no phrase on worth but, will probably be restricted to 100 items and shall be out there solely by way of AP Home, the model’s VIP lounge-style collector venues in cities like New York, Milan and Hong Kong.
However in case you’re trying to dial it up a notch, you’ll be able to go for the brand new inexperienced tapisserie dial variations just like the 18-karat yellow gold selfwinding chronograph or one in every of three iterations of Selfwinding Flying Tourbillons in titanium, 18-karat pink gold or titanium with an 18-carat white-gold bezel set with baguette-cut emeralds. All the tourbillon fashions include the tapisserie sample in a sunburst design for additional emphasis.
All can be found beginning this month.
Royal Oak “Jumbo” Additional-Skinny With Diamonds 39 mm
If bling is extra your factor, AP didn’t spare on diamonds. Three new gem-set Jumbos had been introduced with two in 18-karat white gold that includes both a child blue or black dial. An 18-karat pink-gold mannequin with a child blue dial can be out there. There’s no phrase but on supply or worth for these three, however you’ll be able to count on deep pockets shall be wanted contemplating every is wearing 1,102 brilliant-cut diamonds at roughly 7.09 carats.
Royal Oak Offshore Diver 42 mm
Right here we’ve the primary main redesign of the Royal Oak Offshore line with a brand new assortment of dive watches. They function the model new caliber 4308 motion (together with a 22-karat pink gold rotor seen by way of the caseback), based mostly on the same time-only motion that was launched in Code 11.59, in addition to a pumped-up tapisserie dial in gray, navy blue or olive inexperienced. Due to the high-impact of the dial, the corporate did away with the long-form signature of its model title, conserving solely the AP brand. All are available in chrome steel circumstances and are match for dives of as much as 300 meters (984 toes) and are geared up with 60 hours of energy reserve.
The opposite massive information is the fashions now include removable bracelets, which Bennahmias says shall be supplied on all new Royal Oak Offshore fashions going ahead. The rubber straps may be changed with beige, brown or black leather-based variations. The AP CEO demonstrated their ease of use by unclipping them along with his eyes closed.
Pricing remains to be TBD, however supply is scheduled for September.
Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm
Gold, gold, gold and extra gold…don’t name it a comeback (though we’ve been saying one thing comparable for some whereas…). Each single model of the brand new Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph was produced in 18-karat pink gold circumstances. They arrive with both a chocolate brown or navy blue tapisserie dial with 18-karat pink gold chronograph counters and are supplied on both a bracelet or leather-based strap that matches the dial hue.
And for the primary time, the RO chrono incorporates the newest in-house built-in flyback chronograph selfwinding caliber 4401, which, in one other first, is seen by way of the caseback. The sapphire crystal reveals the column wheel, chronograph hammers and hand-finishing.
All can be found beginning this month.
Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph 43 mm
This child, restricted to 100 items, will set you again CHF 245,000 ($264,514 at present trade charges) and shall be delivered in June. It combines two excessive problems, a flyback tourbillon and a flyback chronograph, in a brand new 43 mm case dimension. The caliber 2967 was initially launched for the Code 11.59 assortment, however has been tailored to this ROO’s case dimension and redesigned with titanium bridges coated in a black PVD ending which were satin-brushed and hand-polished. For additional visible dimension, the titanium inserts alternate between sandblasted or polished finishes. The flying tourbillon cage exhibits off a rhodium-toned stability wheel, whereas an open-worked oscillating weight in 22-karat gold coated with black PVD is seen by way of the caseback. Regardless of its valuable cargo, it boasts 65 hours of energy reserve and is water resistant to 100 meters (328 toes).
However each Bennahmias and Friedman careworn that its new ergonomic case design is the actual attraction. The brand new 43 mm titanium case not solely marks a brand new era of Royal Oak Offshores, but in addition introduces curvature parts for a special look on the wrist. Whereas it has bigger polished chamfers on the perimeters, the bezel, glare-proof sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown and chronograph pushers have all been curved.
It comes with the brand new interchangeable strap system and, within the occasion that it’s essential show you’re the proud proprietor of an ultra-rare AP, the caseback is engraved with “Royal Oak Offshore Restricted Version of 100 Items.”
Code 11.59 Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm
The Code assortment simply bought a brand new waistline. Two selfwinding chronographs, in 18-karat white gold and pink gold out there in Might, now function a black ceramic mid-section. Developed in collaboration with the family-owned and Swiss-based precision element firm, Bangerter, the circumstances’ ceramic facilities, seen from the facet, are created utilizing Zirconium Oxide powder mixed with a secret binder element. It takes form by way of CNC machine expertise, after which the binder is eliminated and the element is then sintered at 1,400 levels Celsius (2,552 levels Fahrenheit). It’s machined with high-precision diamond instruments after which pre-polished and satin-brushed earlier than being hand-finished.
It’s numerous work for a brand new stomach, nevertheless it’s additional proof that Audemars Piguet is prepared to maintain pushing the aesthetic boundaries of Code 11.59 in any respect prices.
Keep tuned as a result of Bennahmias teased that AP shall be releasing extra watches by the Fall, together with one very massive introduction it’s maintaining its sleeve.