The Royal Oak is so ridiculously popular, so incomparably classic, that Audemars Piguet has kept the watch’s design language the same for over 50 years. That’s not to say subtle changes haven’t been made for new editions, such as adding a ceramic case or making the dial look like volume unit meters on an equalizer.
Aside from the model-defining octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet, the most consistent feature on the Royal Oak is the in-house tapisserie dial. However, as we see with this latest release, that too can be swapped. Following the wrap of the watch’s 50th anniversary celebration year, AP has debuted a pair of Royal Oak editions that feature brushed dimples not dissimilar to a golf ball.
The dials are either navy blue or bronze colored, with 18k white gold or rose gold cases surrounding them, respectively, clocking in at 41mm in diameter. Just like the hour markers, the bezels match the case materials but have been hammered and frosted. At the 6 o’clock spot, there’s a flying tourbillon on display, which regulates the Caliber 2950 automatic movement.
No price has been given yet, but you can find out more about the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon with dimpled dials on Audemars Piguet’s website.