The Black Panther is receiving a superhero’s welcome in Audemars Piguet’s palace.
Partly of what’s stated to be a long-term partnership with Marvel Comics, the brand new Royal Oak Idea “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon (provided for CHF 150,000, roughly $161,824 at present change) is only the start of many co-branded timepieces to come back. First to reach within the newly cast AP x Marvel universe, the Black Panther lunges over the hour and minutes palms and the tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The imposing determine, crafted in white gold, laser-carved and painted by hand, takes up almost all the floor of the dial save for glimpses of laser-textured titanium bridges—the barrel bridge beneath the arm at 10 o’clock and the bridge for winding and setting the mechanism beneath the opposite arm at 2 o’clock—in black and grey PVD coating within the background.
As you may think, crafting the detailed determine was no small activity, requiring new instruments to be created so it could possibly be designed, assembled and match onto the motion. First, the quantity and form is minimize in a white gold disc by way of CNC machining. Subsequent, the feel of the go well with is carved out by laser. Then it’s meticulously hand-engraved, from the palms and claws to the muscle mass and facial options, by a single craftsman. Lastly, a single painter decorates the eyes and applies a number of layers of darkish paint on the go well with for texture and distinction. Some elements have been left unpainted and hand-polished, in order that the determine has alternating matte and mirror surfaces. The portray and engraving require 30 hours of labor per piece: In complete, 4 engravers and 4 painters had been employed to create 250 items.
Beneath its centerpiece, the watch is powered by the Caliber 2965, a hand-wound mechanism with a flying tourbillon first launched within the RO Idea Assortment in 2018. Seen by means of the sapphire-crystal caseback are the titanium geometric bridges sandblasted and coated with black and gray PVD coating, the again of the tourbillon cage and a part of the gear practice. The dial facet additionally presents a peek on the open-worked barrel at 10 o’clock and the coiled mainspring, offering 72 hours of energy reserve.
All of this horological fantasy comes wrapped in a 42 mm titanium case with an octagonal black ceramic bezel and crown. The case and bezel have been satin-brushed. The case has satin-brushed and chamfered titanium inserts, whereas the bezel has satin-brushed metal hexagonal screws. Light-weight sufficient to not weigh you down when combatting no matter real-life villains cross your path, the watch’s purple gasket and rubber strap add additional aptitude in case it’s essential exert your superhero standing.
And whilst you may want superhuman powers to get your palms on one of many 250 items, the excellent news is there needs to be one other hero on your wrist sooner or later.