Ultra-thin Hollow Extraordinary Timepieces Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Special Edition
As the first distinguished sports watch in history, Royal Oak has become a legend. In order to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, Le Brassus presents the Royal Oak Ultra-thin Skeleton Watch, which combines superb watchmaking craftsmanship, contemporary style and sporty atmosphere.
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak series. This extraordinary watch has always been at the forefront of the times and is an indelible mark in the history of Audemars Piguet. As the first noble sports watch in history, Royal Oak has become a legend. In order to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, Le Brassus presents the Royal Oak Ultra-thin Skeleton Watch, which combines superb watchmaking craftsmanship, contemporary style and sporty atmosphere. To perfectly reflect this extraordinary quality, this Platinum Anniversary Edition is limited to 40 pieces.
1972 was a decisive turning point in the history of modern watchmaking, and the Royal Oak series is the key to succession. Forty years ago, a new sports watch broke watchmaking conventions and had a profound impact on the watchmaking industry in the future. For the first time, Royal Oak will house a distinguished ultra-thin movement in a stainless steel case, priced comparable to a gold watch. This extraordinary watch, designed specifically for Audemars Piguet by designer Gérald Genta, was launched in the spring of 1972. The design was so bold that the industry could not have expected it to be a great success in the future. Time flies, and today the subtlety of this watch design speaks for itself. The Royal Oak collection is not only enduring, but also new. The latest model of this collection is the best proof.
Taking a closer look at the Royal Oak Ultra-thin Skeleton Watch, you can see that it is not only a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak Legend, but also an epitome of Audemars Piguet and its superb craftsmanship. As an expert in the production of ultra-thin movements, Audemars Piguet chose to place the famous 2121 movement in the first Royal Oak watch produced in 1972. With a thickness of only 3.05 mm, this movement is one of the world’s thinnest self-winding mechanical movements, and became the operating center of the first Royal Oak models. The unique craftwork of hollowed-out movement lies in hollowing out the movement as much as possible when engraving. At present, only a few craftsmen are versed in this process. Combining ultra-thin movements and exquisite hollowwork in the same watch is a difficult technical challenge. The new Royal Oak ultra-thin skeleton skeleton watch, which pays tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak series, has a balance between the two. The limited edition of 950 platinum models is limited to 40 pieces.
At a glance Exclusive features
厂 The factory-built 5122 self-winding ultra-thin movement on this anniversary model is the result of superb watchmaking technology. This calibre, which is only 3.05 mm thick, is completely hollowed out, even the overhanging barrel. In addition to using modern minimalist lines for hollowing out the movement, the dark gray formed by electroplating gives the watch a modern look. All decorations (polished, satin-finished, pearl-polished, polished, matte-finished and brushed) on the bridge and board are done by hand. The all-in-one automatic disc is entirely made of 22K gold and bears the ‘AP Royal Oak 1972-2012’ (Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 1972-2012) stamp. The outer edge is decorated with a ‘tapisserie’ check pattern, which is a characteristic decoration of the Royal Oak dial.
View the beauty of the 5122 skeleton movement through the dark grey skeleton dial. The date dial is made of sapphire, keeping the movement transparent, and with black date numerals, it matches the gray underside of the brushed metal-plated sapphire calendar window.
To pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of the first stainless steel premium sports watch, the latest 2012 Royal Oak ultra-thin skeletonized watch naturally brings this series of majestic elements into one, especially the octagonal bezel and 8 polished Hexagonal screws are made of platinum, and the case back is fixed with 8 embedded nuts. The waterproof rubber ring at the junction between the bezel and the case is inspired by the diver’s mask and is also a feature of the Royal Oak series. In addition, the strap is integrated with the case (this design is extremely rare in 1972), the size of the bracelet section gradually narrows, and the curvature naturally fits, which is amazing. These unique characteristics have made the Royal Oak series a prominent reputation. Since the advent of this series, it has always maintained its originality and sportiness. Of course, the Royal Oak ultra-thin skeleton watch is also the same.
Continuing legendary history
The Royal Oak Ultra-thin skeleton watch has a diameter of 39 mm, which is the same diameter as the 1972 model. This was considered an outrageous and overly exaggerated size at the time, but later became the trend pioneer of large size watches. Today, 39 mm is already the medium size of watches. Platinum case, water-resistant to 50 meters, with anti-glare sapphire mirror and case back. All the movement details and fine decoration are pleasing to the eye. The new folding clasp is also crafted in 950 platinum and features a unique dual safety clasp mechanism.
The Royal Oak Ultra-thin skeleton watch reinterprets the classic elements and values of the Royal Oak series, and carries it forward. This skeletonized timepiece continues the legendary history, with a limited edition of 40 pieces, fully showing the evolution from the avant-garde style watch to the brand’s representative model in 40 years.
Only six months after the launch of the Carrera Heuer-01 automatic chronograph independently designed and manufactured by Swiss pioneering watch brand TAG Heuer, TAG Heuer, Carrera Heuer-02T made its glory again. This automatic chronograph is certified by the COSC Swiss official observatory inspection agency and is equipped with a floating tourbillon made of titanium and carbon fiber.
TAG Heuer TAG Heuer Calella Heuer-02T is an approachable yet luxurious piece of TAG Heuer’s many watches. This new work is attractively priced and sets a new trend in the fine watchmaking world. Avant-garde technology, exemplary quality, outstanding performance, superb manufacturing skills and perfect control of industrial processes and manufacturing costs make this watch stand out from many brands. Carrera Heuer-02T is the only one in the 15,000 Swiss francs with COSC Certified self-winding tourbillon chronograph. The black phantom version is priced at 19,900 Swiss francs and is limited to 250 pieces, each of which is individually engraved.
Inspired by Carrera CH-80 chronograph, TAG Heuer Heuer-02T perfectly integrates two of the most well-known complex devices in traditional watchmaking: TAG Heuer is most proud of Timing device and tourbillon with a pleasing appearance.
At a frequency of 4 Hz and 28,800 vibrations / hour, how to accommodate a single barrel, multiple timing functions, an automatic winding device, and a floating tourbillon in a case with a diameter of only 32 mm, while ensuring the accuracy of each time dial. Reasonable layout to give the watch a stylish, balanced aesthetic appearance has become the biggest technical challenge in the manufacture of this watch.
To address this technical challenge, TAG Heuer has developed a new industrial framework to optimize its watch assembly process at its Chevenez factory. Its lightweight tourbillon is hand-crafted by four watchmakers with superb craftsmanship, inspired by the Monaco V4 watch, with a titanium material in the middle and a carbon top, which can provide the watch with a power reserve of more than 65 hours.
All installation, assembly and commissioning work is done manually. The main components are manufactured by the TAG Heuer factory, and the core part of the tourbillon, the balance spring, is manufactured by the brand Swiss partner Atokalpa.
Each watch must undergo rigorous testing for 21 days before it leaves the factory. Among them, all movements are certified by the independent testing agency COSC Swiss official observatory testing agency to ensure that this watch meets the highest accuracy standards when worn.
The new case is equipped with an extraordinary movement. This movement is made of grade 5 titanium alloy, which is light in weight and has stronger shock resistance. At the same time, it uses an unusual structure-a total of 12 modular components. This design greatly expands the possibilities of combination, enabling unlimited combinations of materials, colors, surface treatments and sanding. The black crocodile leather strap is lined with natural rubber, perfectly embodying TAG Heuer’s delicate yet dynamic signature look. Water-resistant to 100 meters.
Since its founding in early 1860, TAG Heuer has always been a leading Swiss watchmaker. ‘Avant-garde’ has been deeply integrated into the brand’s culture and philosophy and has become a brand philosophy. TAG Heuer TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T tourbillon chronograph is the perfect interpretation of the brand’s unremitting focus and continuous innovation.
CAR5A8Y.FC6377 (unlimited edition)
CAR5A8Z.FC6377 (Black Phantom Edition-limited edition 250 pieces)
Case diameter 45 mm. Grade 5 titanium alloy, including 12 modular components (lugs, case body, bezel, case back, crown and trim, buttons, washers between case body and bezel, and sapphire crystal glass Mirror) Black titanium bezel with speedometer scale, steel crown with rubber mouldings
Movement TAG Heuer HEUER-02T, brand-made movement, black skeleton bridge
Automatic timing device with COSC-certified tourbillon
Black column wheel, new skeleton rotor and timer bridge
Carbon and titanium tourbillon frame
Power reserve over 65 hours
Dial Black, skeleton, with 2 counters:
Minute counter at 3 o’clock
Hour counter at 9 o’clock
Polished and satin cylindrical hour markers
Polished and satin hands with SuperLuminova ™ luminous details
Water-resistant to 100 meters
Strap Matte black alligator leather strap lined with natural rubber, matching color stitching, folding buckle with security button