A stunning collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Haute Couture designer Tamara Ralph, the new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon limited edition timepiece has been unveiled. This exquisite watch combines Audemars Piguet’s expertise in Haute Horlogerie with Tamara Ralph’s boundless creativity and timeless elegance, resulting in a boldly feminine creation that captures the essence of both brands.
The collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Tamara Ralph began in 2020 when several Audemars Piguet watches were paired with Tamara Ralph’s Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection. Building on their successful partnership, the two brands have now joined forces to design a unique Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon limited edition timepiece, inspired by Tamara Ralph’s Couture universe.
The Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon limited edition watch was presented during Tamara Ralph’s runway show in Paris, signalling the natural synergies between Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture. This collaboration not only showcases the forward-thinking approach to craftsmanship shared by both brands but also celebrates the fusion of ancestral expertise with modern techniques.
The design of the watch reflects Tamara Ralph’s aesthetic and attention to detail. The 18-carat pink gold case is adorned with Frosted Gold, creating a shimmering effect reminiscent of precious stones. The textured details found in Tamara Ralph’s Couture creations are beautifully translated onto the multi-layered dial, which features shades of brown, bronze, and gold with a continuous sunburst satin finish. At 6 o’clock, a diamond-set flying tourbillon showcases technical mastery while adding a touch of sophistication to the timepiece.
The caseback of the watch features a glareproofed sapphire crystal held in place by an 18-carat pink gold octagonal frame. The frame is finished with satin brushing and polished chamfers and engraved with the words “Royal Oak Concept Limited Edition.” This attention to detail further highlights the craftsmanship and exclusivity of this limited-edition timepiece.
Tamara Ralph, the Creative Director and Founder of Tamara Ralph, expressed her vision for the watch, stating, “My intention for the design of this piece is for it to capture the spirit and craftsmanship of both my brand as well as Audemars Piguet. The complications of watchmaking orchestrate a foundation which can be played with in terms of textures, colors, and designs, allowing for the savoir-faire of couture to shine through. Rich materials, unique color palettes, and ultimate precision are combined, creating an exquisite limited edition of the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, inspired by Haute Couture.”
The Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon “Tamara Ralph” Limited Edition is a true masterpiece of craftsmanship, limited to only 100 pieces. The watch features a hammered 18-carat pink gold case, a brown, bronze, pink gold, and yellow gold-toned dial, and pink gold hands with luminescent coating. It comes with a bronze-toned pearly alligator strap and an additional chocolate pearly alligator strap, both complementing the overall design perfectly. The watch is powered by the hand-wound Calibre 2964, featuring a flying tourbillon and offering a power reserve of 72 hours.
With its combination of bold femininity, boundless creativity, and timeless elegance, the AP x Tamara Ralph Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon Limited Edition is a true testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of both Audemars Piguet and Tamara Ralph. This exclusive collaboration brings together the worlds of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture, resulting in a watch that is not only a functional timepiece but also a work of art that evokes emotion and captures the essence of femininity.
ROYAL OAK CONCEPT
FLYING TOURBILLON “TAMARA RALPH” LIMITED EDITION
(Ref. 26630OR.GG.D626CR.01) LIMITED EDITION OF 100
Hammered 18-carat pink gold case, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback.
- SIZE: 38.5 mm
- THICKNESS: 11.9 mm
- WATER RESISTANCE: 20 m
Brown, bronze, pink gold and yellow gold-toned layers on dial, pink gold hands with luminescent coating.
Bronze-toned pearly alligator strap, 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp. Additional chocolate pearly alligator strap.
- FUNCTIONS: Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes
- NUMBER OF JEWELS: 17
- MECHANISM: Hand-Wound
- POWER RESERVE: 72 h
- TOTAL DIAMETER: 29.5 mm
- NUMBER OF PARTS: 207
- FREQUENCY: 3 hz 21,600 vph
- THICKNESS: 4.8 mm
Source: Audemars Piguet