What we have here are three new versions of the Audemars Piguet Replica Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin, each with a colorful sunray-finished guilloché dial. There’s a purple version with stainless steel case and bracelet, a rose gold version with a blue dial, and, at the very top, a smoked blue execution with matching sapphire-set bezel and – wait for it – a platinum case and bracelet. If you look closely at the patterns on these dials, you can see that they represent an evolution of the expected Tapisserie style that has long been linked to Audemars Piguet Replica Watches and the Royal Oak, only now it radiates out from the tourbillon.
I think that it’s safe to say that of the “trinity” of great Swiss watchmakers, Audemars Piguet Replica is the youngest in attitude, the brand most willing to try different things and not take itself quite so seriously. So it can’t really surprise us to see such a classic dress watch outfitted with a new dial design shot through with such vivid colors. But a dial is just a dial, right. Powering this watch is a beautifully-finished, manually-wound tourbillon movement, the AP Caliber 2924, whose finishing, when viewed through the sapphire casebook, also radiates from the tourbillon.
I saw AP CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias in Miami late last year, and I noticed that he was wearing a vibrant purple Royal Oak, the likes of which I had never seen before. We had quite a few other interesting Best Swiss Watches in the room at the time, including an AP Supersonnerie, so I didn’t pay overmuch attention to it. He said that it was something that he’d asked to be made for himself, so I figured it was a unique piece just for Francois’s collection.