The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept was first unveiled in 2002 as an avant-garde tribute towards the now legendary Royal Oak watch designed by Gerald Genta 30 years prior. The 2014 version of the RO Concept (the fifth such RO Concept, I believe) features a ~44mm titanium case with white ceramic for the bezel, crown, pusher, and hourglass-shaped structure on the movement. A very modern and ‘concept’ looking design, for sure. Lots of looks, below.
The Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon as the name implies has a tourbillon with black anodized aluminium bridge (left side) and a GMT disc for second time zone reading (right side). The GMT comprises two superimposed discs — the first, on which the figures are inscribed, completes one turn in 12 hours; the second, just below, completes a turn in 24 hours and has 2 colored areas: a white half for daytime and a black half for night-time.
Comes on a white rubber strap with titanium AP folding clasp.
The caliber is the new Audemars Piguet caliber 2930 hand-wound with 10 day power reserve via a double-barrel configuration and runs at 3Hz/21,600vph; more interesting is its function selector integrated with the crown: wind, set or neutral. Its dazzling, hourglass-shaped bridge is further enlivened by the double symmetry of the tourbillon bridges and GMT display.
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