SIHH 2019 did not disappoint watchmakers. They showed their latest technology and design to the public, as well as their latest complexity and mechanical skills. From Vacheron Constantin’s Traditionnelle Twin-Beat to A. Lange & Söhne’s new Zeitwerk Date, SIHH 2019 is full of surprises. The most controversial release is arguably Audemars Piguet’s Code 11:59 series. 2019 is the last year of their participation in SIHH, code 11:59 has undoubtedly caught everyone’s attention. This, in turn, has led to many other new versions of the brand getting attention without getting the attention it deserves. One of them is a black ceramic royal oak tourbillon ultra-thin watch.
Le Brassus watchmakers initially introduced the Royal Oak in a black ceramic case in 2017. AP has also manufactured Tourbillon Extra-Thin in many previous models, including the purple dial variant introduced at SIHH 2018. The limited-edition 100-piece case with strong blackness provides elegance and refinement for the ceramic satin polished case, which is 7 times harder than steel. The black Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin matches the titanium case back and folding clasp. It is the third replica Royal Oak in the series, which incorporates a ceramic case, bracelet and bezel. Contrary to the classic design of Swiss watchmakers, the original grid-shaped dial was replaced by a new corrugated “Tapisserie Evolutive”, which was extended from the tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The dial uses a simple but traditional hour and minute dial layout, but with a 60-second tourbillon. There is a spectacular case on the back, and the power reserve indicator and the internal mechanical device of the timepiece are displayed on the rear. Three-quarters of the plates are hand-made and made with hand-finished patterns of daylight Geneva stripes.
It is powered by the manual-winding movement “Caliber 2924 Manufacture” and has a 70-hour power reserve. The ultra-thin dimensions are 41mm x 9mm Royal Oak. Despite its thinness, it is not as thin as the Royal Oak “extra large” (thickness is only 8 mm). Nonetheless, considering that it has a tourbillon, 9 mm is still very thin.
With its stainless steel case, octagonal bezel, “tapisserie” dial and one-piece bracelet, the Royal Oak overturned the code at the time in 1972, and its due status became a truly modern symbol. Despite being a standard timepiece, the online cheap watch is composed of 216 independent parts, demonstrating the exquisite craftsmanship of Le Brassus watchmaker.