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Audemars Piguet Step into the World of Complications, Ceramic and Colour

Audemars Piguet unveils five innovative new complicated timepieces in coloured ceramic, for those looking for something a little different

Ceramic is an interesting material for watchmaking for several reasons. Firstly, it is scratch-resistance thanks to its extreme hardness. It measures nine on the Mohrs scale, just after diamonds which have the maximum ten rating. It is also strong – up to three or four times more resistant than stainless steel – and it is lighter than both steel and titanium, increasing its potential in watchmaking even more. 

The ceramic fabrication process is also quite different from working with metals and other materials as ceramic watch components can be pre-formed into a wide range of shapes and sizes before being baked at over 1,400oC, milled and polished. And one of the most interesting features of this material is that it can be produced in a wide variety of colours, taking creativity to new limits of expression. 

Audemars Piguet may not be the first to use ceramic, but instead of using it in the creation of sports watches, like most brands, it is using it to bring a highly contemporary touch to some of the Manufacture’s most sophisticated complications. Let’s take a look at five of the latest releases. 

The royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT

This high-tech Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT comes in a 44mm sandblasted titanium case with a new dark green ceramic bezel, crown, and push-piece, as well as matching green CVD-coloured inserts, giving it a highly contemporary aesthetic. The green ceramic is all finished by hand with alternating satin-brushing and polished chamfers to enhance the geometrics of the design. Although green ceramic previously appeared in the Royal Oak Offshore collection in 2018, this is the first time it has been used in the Royal Oak Concept. 

Step into the World of Complications, Ceramic and Colour

Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT © Audemars Piguet

The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 

This perpetual calendar complication gets a completely new look in a 41mm electric blue ceramic case and matching blue Grand Tapisserie dial and subdials, creating a striking monochrome look. In addition to all the attributes that ceramic brings to a timepiece, this blue ceramic model also accentuates the slenderness of the case which measures a mere 9.5mm in width. The Le Brassus artisans work with each ceramic component as if it was made of precious metal, carrying out meticulous hand-finishes, resulting in a rich play of light which enhances both the ceramic and the multifaceted architecture of the Royal Oak design. 

Step into the World of Complications, Ceramic and Colour

Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar © Audemars Piguet

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked

Electric blue ceramic takes an entirely different form in this Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked model. For the very first time, the 18-carat white gold case has been enhanced with an electric blue case middle that contrasts beautifully with the white gold bezel, lugs and caseback. Blue ceramic was already employed in the Royal Oak Offshore collection in 2020, but this is the first time that it appears on a Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet model. Further enhancing the blue ceramic case middle, the openworked elements of the movement also come in blue, along with a blue lacquered inner bezel, highlighting the openwork like never before. 

Step into the World of Complications, Ceramic and Colour

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked © Audemars Piguet

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

Black ceramic has been interweaved into the 18-carat pink gold case of this Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph, for a totally new aesthetic. Crafted and polished according to the most stringent codes of finishing, the process starts with pre-polishing, then pre-satin-brushing and finally hand polishing for this beautiful jet-black aesthetic. This black ceramic case middle further enhances the warmth of the pink gold case and highlights the complex architecture of this magical openworked movement. 

Step into the World of Complications, Ceramic and Colour

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph © Audemars Piguet

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

Last but not least, this stunning Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon by Audemars Piguet is highlighted underneath a jet-black onyx dial that accentuates the moving components of the flying tourbillon in all their splendour. This beautiful black dial with rose gold hands, numerals and logo is combined with an 18-carat white gold case that features a black ceramic case middle. The addition of black ceramic brings a contemporary twist to this classic high complication and proves once again how this fascinating material can be used in a variety of ways to create timepieces that take the best of watchmaking past and project them into the future. 

Step into the World of Complications, Ceramic and Colour

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon © Audemars Piguet

We will be going into more detail about these models over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more. 

 

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