Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 Watch   watch releases

For 2014, the Royal Oak Concept watch by Audemars Piguet makes a return. Originally released in 2002, the Royal Oak Concept was penned as an ultra-modern version of the Royal Oak on the 30th Anniversary of the famed Gerald Genta-designed luxury sport watch. aBlogtoWatch covered the last version of the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon in 2011 here. The 2014 version is more "summery" than any of the previous models, featuring a titanium case and light white ceramic (for the bezel, crown, pusher, and hourglass-shaped structure on the movement). Inside the watch is the revised original movement with the new Audemars Piguet caliber 2930. The case is 44mm wide but wears quite large due to the large lug structures.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 Watch   watch releases

In addition to the modern design, the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon has some interesting features. There is, of course the tourbillon to the left, and to the right is a GMT disc offering a second time zone. The movement has a long power reserve of 10 days between two barrels. Also, the movement has a function selector combined with a fixed crown. The pusher on the case is used to cycle between the crown being used to wind, set the time, or be in a neutral position. While no price has been announced yet for the 2014 version, the last Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon watch retailed for $213,300. audemarspiguet.com

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 Watch   watch releases

Tech Specs from Audemars Piguet

Movement

Calibre 2930, hand-wound manufacture
Total diameter: 35.60mm (15 ¾ lines)
Thickness: 9.90mm
Number of jewels: 29
Number of parts: 291
Power reserve: 237h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3Hz (21,600vph)
White ceramic upper bridge
Finishing: hand-finished bridges and mainplate, hand finished cut-out parts, polished angles, hand-drawn file strokes on upper surface and matt finish beneath.

Case

Titanium case
Glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback
White ceramic bezel
Screw-locked crown and white ceramic pushpiece
Water-resistant to 100m

Display

Openworked
Second time-zone indicator at 3 o’clock
Crown position indicator at 6 o’clock
Tourbillon at 9 o’clock with black anodized aluminium bridge
White gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
Black anodized aluminium inner bezel

Bracelet

White rubber strap with titanium AP folding clasp

Function

24-hour GMT display
Day and night indicator
Functions selection
Hours and minutes

Reference

RO 26580IO OO D010CA SDT

9 comments
Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

$213,3000? Let me check the cookie tin under the third floor board from the left in the tool shed. (Don't tell anyone.)

However, I'm still waiting for a Find Waldo watch before I part with that kind of money.

Ryan B
Ryan B

too much of the color white.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

The secondary hour display (GMT) looks pretty small and low contrast, but  maybe its readable. Would be nice if it had a AM/PM indicator since is appears to be a 12 hour, not 24 hour, wheel. Wish there were more photos showing all of that watch as I can't tell if the white elements will look very cool or very 'fashion watch' trashy. But overall, I like it - and I'm not usually a fan of  Royal Oaks (having a soft spot for the PP Nautilus instead).

Old age sucks - I used to know what HNR (modes) stood for. This is the same naming that HYT uses and yes I know that the 'N' is neutral. H  = setting and R = winding, but I've forgotten the terms behind them.

Vhough
Vhough

I think it's a beautiful watch! The right colours and format. Great job AP!

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

The front of the watch was inspired by a Mexican wrestler mask - and the wrestler looks angry.  Strangely compelling... can't look away O_O.

bluzer
bluzer

May be French for winding, i.e. R = Remonter

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@bluzer Thanks - just need to know what the 'H' the 'H' stands for. No doubt also something in French.

bluzer
bluzer

Deleted duplicate...

bluzer
bluzer

Bienvenu. Could be H = Heure, i.e. Hour/time

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  1. […] In my opinion the now 12 year old Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon design is still one of the brand's coolest high-end sport watches to date. It mixed haute horology, modern design, and the appeal of a sport watch in a unique way that is difficult to beat. It isn't the ultra luxury watch for everyone, but there is a refined urban sensibility to it that takes it out of the private watch nerd den and into the real world. This particular version of the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon is new for 2014 and we originally debuted it here. […]