A concept watch that will go into series production immediately.
It’s made out of titanium, has an integrated rubber wristband in combination with a bezel and tourbillon framework in white ceramic, a second time zone and a ten-day power reserve.
The Royal Oak Concept is a series of watches that were presented for the first time in 2002. It all started as an honor to the legendary Royal Oak model designed by Gerhard Genta, which hit the market in 1972 and in effect celebrated its 30th birthday by the time of the re-introduction.
In 2008, the Royal Oak Carbon Concept Tourbillon and Chronograph was presented – an ultra light watch, and in 2011 the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon in titanium with a black ceramic bezel, with buttons and crown in the same material.
This year’s Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon with a 44 mm case has a white ceramic bezel, buttons and crown, which increase the contrast against the titanium face. But with this watch the manufacturer has taken one step further and used ceramic even for parts of the movement. The bridge in the Calibre 2913 is also made of white ceramic.
White ceramic is nine times harder than steel, which makes the manufacturing of the movement and especially the bridge a complicated and time-consuming process. Ceramic is an almost totally scratchproof composite material that can only be cut with diamonds, which demands a whole new set of tools.