Audemars Piguet have started the year off strongly with a pair of golden Royal Oaks with unique dimpled dials. They follow in AP’s recent trend of exploring new and interesting ways to style their dials instead of using their classic petite Tapisserie pattern. The 50th Anniversary Rainbow replaced the pattern with a vast array of precious stones and the Offshore Music Edition used a similar method to create the visual of an equaliser/VU meter display. However, there’s no doubt that the new dimple models are their most extreme departure.
The two watches are exactly the same except for the fact that one is made from white gold and the other rose gold and they have corresponding dial colours in blue and brown. Those dials are pretty special, the dimpled texture with circular brushed finishes catch the light in a way that’s totally unique. It’s almost as if they’ve taken a leaf out of Grand Seiko’s dial textures book, albeit without the nature inspiration. The fresh dials of the APs are adorned with golden hour markers and at 6 o’clock the titular Flying Tourbillon sits in all its glory.
Elsewhere, the watches are much as you’d expect. 41mm diameter cases that lead into integrated bracelets and octagonal bezels with frosted gold finishes. The luxe in sports luxe turned up to 11. Housed inside both versions is the Calibre 2950, an automatic movement featuring hours, minutes and a flying tourbillon. It has a great power reserve of 65-hours.
Naturally, considering the haute horology nature of these Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dimple Dials as well as the decorative dials and gold cases they are price on request. If you’re looking for an unusual Royal Oak to truly crown your collection, these are the perfect capstone.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon
- Ref: 26730OR.GG.1320OR.01 (pink gold)
26730BC.GG.1320BC.01 (white gold)
- Case/dial: 41mm diameter, pink gold or white gold case, brown or blue dimpled dial
- Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
- Movement: AP calibre 2950, automatic, 270 parts
- Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
- Power reserve: 65h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon
- Strap: 18k pink gold or white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp
- Price/availability: Price on request