Hollow decoration, that is, to show the inherent beauty of the mechanical movement by removing excess material. This is an advanced watchmaking process with extremely strict requirements on precision. The slightest difference may affect the movement accuracy or shockproof effect of the movement. Reaching the perfect balance between presenting the inherent beauty of a mechanical movement and guaranteeing accuracy is undoubtedly a rare art. As early as the 1930s, Audemars Piguet had mastered the sophisticated fine watchmaking process of hollow decoration. To this day, this process still maintains the traditional production method: through filing, decoration, and finally decoration polishing, due to the dual considerations of aesthetics and technology, it needs to be completely completed by hand. For example, turning machines can make rounds that meet the requirements, but they cannot form perfect inside corners or V-shaped chamfers, so they cannot fully reflect light to show the unique charm of advanced watchmaking.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak series ultra-thin skeleton tourbillon, 18K rose gold case, dial skeleton, with tourbillon, using 2924 automatic movement, power reserve 70 hours.
The Royal Oak series ultra-thin skeleton tourbillon watch was born in 2012 to pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak series. At that time, only 950 platinum models were introduced, and 18K gold models were launched in 2016. In the eager anticipation of watch enthusiasts and collectors around the world, in 2017 Audemars Piguet launched two limited editions of the Royal Oak series ultra-thin skeleton tourbillon watch, one with a matte 18K rose gold case and the other Made of stainless steel. Just like the 950 platinum and 18K gold models previously introduced, both new watches are equipped with the self-produced, self-winding Caliber 2924 movement developed by Audemars Piguet. This movement consists of 216 parts and uses two completely different Surface treatment process.
The 18K rose gold model (limited to 50 pieces) uses a rose gold main splint and bridge plate. The stainless steel (limited to 100 pieces) movement plate is rhodium-plated to exude a low-key and cool metallic luster.
The new Royal Oak series ultra-thin skeleton tourbillon watch will be the last member of the Royal Oak series skeleton watch. Let’s wait and see what new masterpieces will come out!