WHAT IT IS
In this challenging year, some watch brands have been focusing on two key pillars: very high-end statement pieces that will appeal to a very exclusive audience and bread-and-butter pieces guaranteed to sell. Audemars Piguet’s (AP) Royal Oak Concept watches, first launched to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Royal Oak in 2002, belong in the former camp. Marrying pink gold and grey ceramic, this Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT is a 20-piece limited edition for South-east Asia (specifically, AP boutiques in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand), and is the latest of a few Royal Oak Concept models launched this year.
HOW IT LOOKS
The Royal Oak Concept range represents the manufacture’s most exceptional aesthetics and technology, and this watch certainly looks the part. Characterised by bold angles and lines that flow into each other, the 44mm timepiece is powered by the hand-wound Calibre 2954, which has a highly dimensional architecture with bridges finished in shades of grey. A grey ceramic bezel with satin-brushed and polished surfaces as well as a textured rubber strap in grey are complemented by a pink gold case that has been toned down by a sandblasted finish.
HOW IT WEARS
A sizeable watch with an ergonomically curved case, the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT will sit comfortably on larger wrists. It’s a boldly styled timepiece with unapologetically masculine influences: One of the signature features of this model is the automotive-style H/N/R function indicator at 6 o’clock, which stands for heures (French for hours and represents time- setting), neutre (neutral) and remontoir (winding), respectively.
MOVEMENT Manually wound in-house Calibre 2954 with 10-day power reserve
CASE 44mm in pink gold and grey ceramic
PRICE Price upon request