In 2021, Audemars Piguet revisits, reinterprets and renews some of its iconic models, while revealing a new partnership with Marvel.
In a virtual presentation from the manufacture of Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, Switzerland, CEO François-Henry Bennahmias and Director of Complications, Michael Friedman, led journalists to discover the new Audemars Piguet watches for the first half of 2021. The “service presenters” also revealed the brand’s new partnership with Marvel Comics. Although the veil over what the new joint venture will bring has not been removed, we know that it was inspired by the 11-year friendship between Bennahmias and actor Don Cheadle, who plays War Machine in the Avengers film franchise.
When asked about the new partnership, which would be his favorite character from the Marvel Comics universe, Bennahmias replied that he thought his personality was more in line with the Hulk. Perhaps that is why the color green has assumed preponderance in some of the new watches. The others, with more neutral tones, will be more able to meet Bruce Banner’s personality.
Royal Oak Green
The green color took over five new Royal Oak, more specifically the dial of each watch. Thus, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph combines a yellow gold case with a green dial. The dial is adorned with the “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and complemented with three counters and the name “Audemars Piguet” in 24-karat gold. Housed in a 41 mm case, whose solid bottom features the “Limited Edition” engraving (125 pieces), this version of the Royal Oak is powered by the automatic manufacture caliber 2385, with oscillating weight in gold. In addition to the yellow gold bracelet with folding clasp, this model is supplied with two additional straps: green calfskin and green rubber.
Sustaining the reputation of Audemars Piguet in creating complex complications, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon shows the talent of the artisans of the Manufacture with three new variants. Each option is presented in a 41 mm case, which frames a green Tapisserie dial. The first reference appears in a rose gold case with hour markers and hands in the same gold tone and is limited to just 10 pieces, while the second, limited to 50 pieces, is made of integral titanium. The third model, limited to 15 pieces, combines a titanium case with a white gold bezel with 32 baguette cut emeralds. Both titanium models receive applied markers and luminescent hands in white gold, complemented by a titanium bracelet. All Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon are equipped with the 2950 manufacture caliber.
Completing the novelties with a green dial is the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin, only available in AP Houses. The 39 mm “Jumbo” is presented with a 950 platinum case and bracelet, as well as a smoked green dial, decorated with a sunray pattern. This is the first time that this configuration has appeared in the 15202 collection. The signature “Audemars Piguet” is positioned below 12:00, while the initials AP are located at 6:00, as the “Jumbo” convention dictates. At the heart of the watch is the 2121 automatic manufacture caliber, with oscillating weight in 22 carat gold.
Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin Diamonds 39 mm
If you can’t resist the sparkle of diamonds, Audemars Piguet presents three new Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin with diamonds. Available in a 39 mm case in white gold (with light blue or black dial) or rose gold with light blue dial, the new jewel models each receive 1102 brilliant cut diamonds with approximately 7.09 carats.
Royal Oak Offshore Diver 42 mm
The Royal Oak Offshore Diver collection has been redesigned and receives a new movement. The new dive models feature the new caliber 4308, with 60 hours of power reserve and a 22-carat pink gold rotor visible through the case bottom, based on a solotempo movement introduced in Code 11.59. The 42 mm steel case, watertight to 300 meters, frames a gray, navy blue or olive green Tapisserie dial, which sees the brand’s name disappear, keeping only the AP logo.
The new Royal Oak Offshore Diver are now available with a quick and easy bracelet change system, which will be offered on all new models in the collection going forward. Thus, the rubber bracelets can be replaced by versions in beige, brown or black leather.
Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm
The new Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph comes in a 41 mm pink gold case, which frames a chocolate brown or navy blue Tapisserie dial with rose gold chronograph counters.
But the big news is revealed through the sapphire crystal caseback. This is the latest manufacture integrated flyback chronograph movement, caliber 4401, whose column wheel, chronograph hammers and manual finishing are visible on the back of the watch.
The final touch is given by the gold bracelet or a leather strap, matching the tone of the dial.
Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph 43 mm
Limited to 100 pieces, this Royal Oak Offshore combines two major complications – the flying tourbillon and the flyback chronograph – in a new case size: 43 mm. Inside is the automatic caliber 2967, originally launched for the Code 11.59 collection, but now adapted to the size of the case of this model and redesigned with titanium bridges coated with black PVD, brushed, satin and hand polished. For a greater visual dimension, titanium inserts alternate between sandblasted or polished finishes. The flying tourbillon cage features a rhodium-colored balance wheel, while the open oscillating weight in 22-karat gold coated with black PVD is visible through the caseback.
Another of the great highlights of this Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph is the new, more ergonomic design of the case. The new 43 mm titanium case not only marks a new generation of Royal Oak Offshores, but also features curved elements for a different look on the wrist. Although it has larger polished chamfers at the ends, the bezel, the anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the screw-down crown and the chronograph buttons have all been curved.
This Royal Oak Offshore also offers the new quick and easy bracelet exchange system.
Code 11.59 Selfwinding Chronograph 41 mm
The Code collection has just received a new material in the case. Two automatic chronographs, in white or pink gold, now feature an intermediate section of the case in black ceramic.
Developed in collaboration with the Swiss-based, family-owned precision components company, Bangerter, the ceramic case centers, visible on the side, are created using zirconium oxide powder combined with a secret binder component. They take shape through CNC machine technology, after which the binder is removed and the component is then sintered at 1,400 degrees Celsius. It is machined with high precision diamond tools and then pre-polished and brushed satin before being finished by hand.