Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Spider-Man”
Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is pleased to unveil its new Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Spider-Man”
model, the second iteration of its collaboration with Marvel which started in 2021. This limited edition of 250 pieces features a mesmerizing openworked movement with a 3D silhouette of the Super Hero. For the launch event in Dubai, a unique piece among two other lots were auctioned to benefit First Book and Ashoka, two non-profit organizations that both work to encourage young people to become agents of change.
The limited edition and its unique piece combine watchmaking know-how, technology and pop culture
Presented in a 42 mm titanium case contrasted by a black ceramic bezel and crown, the Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Spider-Man”
’s openworked movement, Calibre 2974, reveals the Super Hero in his iconic red and blue suit. This limited edition of 250 pieces is accompanied by a unique piece on which Spider-Man wears a black suit, referencing his appearance from select past comics, such as the 1984’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”
This lesser-known representation of the Super Hero gives the timepiece an element of mystique, as does the luminescent material, which glows green in the dark, used on the hands, hour-markers and part of the character.
Combining ancestral watchmaking know-how and cutting-edge technology, the Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Black Suit Spider-Man”
features a white gold case which has been decorated with a spider leg motif. The case is first laser-engraved to create the spider’s legs, which are then filled with luminescent hybrid ceramic. It is then polished and finely engraved by laser once more to form a spider’s web in the background. The case is combined with a black ceramic bezel and a black ceramic sapphire caseback which bears the inscription “Royal Oak Concept Unique Piece”
Based on Calibre 2948, the new hand-wound Calibre 2974 required all of Audemars Piguet’s engineers’, watchmakers’ and artisans’ expertise to bring this level of openwork to life. By reducing the movement’s architecture to the bare minimum, they have achieved a level of transparency that allows Spider-Man to appear suspended in the air through the sapphire crystal. The silhouette and the volume of the character was first cut out from a block of white gold using a CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) machine.
The Super Hero’s suit was then laser-engraved to obtain the differences in texture giving it a textile effect. After this step, touch-ups and engraving-related finishings were meticulously done by hand by a single artisan, making each piece unique. The Super Hero was then hand painted. During this step, the artisan emphasized the shadows and contrasts to give the character even more perspective. The Super Hero was created in three dimensions and extends across the whole thickness of the watch. In total, it took around 50 hours to complete the character.
Equipped with an interchangeable black and grey rubber strap fitted with a titanium AP buckle, the Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Spider-Man”
is accompanied by a second black and red rubber strap, matching the Marvel Super Hero’s famous suit. The unique Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon “Black Suit Spider-Man”
is complemented by a textured black rubber strap and a second black calf leather strap with a textile effect featuring white stitching.
to support agents of change
The new Royal Oak Concept “Spider-Man”
limited edition and the one-of-a-kind piece, were revealed during an event held in the highest tower of the Central Park Tower in Dubai. Featuring a cocktail created by 3 Michelin star chef Björn Frantzén, a mesmerizing performance by free climber Alexis Landot and an exclusive DJ-set by Heron Preston, the evening was attended by clients, press and celebrities. The auction was followed live in several AP Houses around the world.
The funds raised, USD 8.5 M in total, will allow Audemars Piguet to continue to support the educational programme set up with First Book and Ashoka two years ago in the United States. Entitled “Time For Change: Dream, Act, Change Our World”,
this joint programme is designed to advance educational equity through the power of changemaking by providing educators and caregivers with tools to inspire and empower young people from low-income and historically excluded communities to become changemakers. The programme now plans to expand internationally to Brazil, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Canada and Indonesia, in order to steer this global movement forward.
In April 2021, Audemars Piguet had already raised funds for this project thanks to the auction of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon
unique piece, which supported a first group of 25,000 educators and approximately 750,000 young Americans between the ages of 5 to 18, marking the beginning of a long-term collaboration between Audemars Piguet, First Book and Ashoka. Thanks to this first auction, more than 50,000 books related to changemaking have been distributed, while educators have benefited from actionable and practical tools to raise awareness on the power of changemaking. Today, this collaboration takes on even more meaning with this piece inspired by Spider-Man, who embodies the adage: “With great power there must also come great responsibility”.
is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Based in Le Brassus since 1875, the company has nurtured generations of talented craftspeople who have continuously developed new skills and techniques, broadening their savoir-faire to set rule-breaking trends. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, Audemars Piguet has created numerous masterpieces, testament to the Manufacture’s ancestral savoir-faire and forward-thinking spirit. By pushing the boundaries of what is possible and building bridges between different creative worlds, Audemars Piguet has been able to explore new horizons and build an inspired community. Seek Beyond.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
About Marvel Entertainment
, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.
ounded in Washington, D.C., in 1992 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit social enterprise, First Book
is a leader in the educational equity field. Over its 30-year history, First Book has distributed more than 225 million books and educational resources, with a retail value of more than $2 billion. First Book believes education offers children in need the best path out of poverty. First Book breaks down barriers to quality education by providing its Network of more than 550,000 registered teachers, librarians, after school programme leaders, and others serving children in need with millions of free and affordable new, high-quality books, educational resources and basic needs items through the award-winning First Book Marketplace nonprofit e-commerce site. The First Book Network comprises the largest and fastest-growing community of formal and informal educators serving children in need.
First Book also expands the breadth and depth of the education field through a family of social enterprises, including First Book Research & Insights, its proprietary research initiative, and the First Book Accelerator, which brings best-in-class research-based strategies to the classroom via relevant, usable educator resources. First Book Impact Funds target support to areas of need, such as rural communities or increasing diversity in children’s books. Ashoka
s leading the way to an “Everyone a Changemaker”
World. As the world’s largest network of changemakers and social innovators with more than 4,000+ social entrepreneurs in over 90 countries, Ashoka aims to bring about large-scale social change. Ashoka supports innovators to get started, grow their ideas, collaborate, reshape whole systems and influence societal transformation. Founded in 1980by Mr. Bill Drayton with the belief that the most powerful force in the world is a big idea in the hands of an entrepreneur, Ashoka applies insights from the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to set in motion profound societal transformation. Current insights indicate that our rapidly changing world calls for an “Everyone a Changemaker”
world, one where every person practices the critical skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and change-making.
the Audemars Piguet Foundation
The Audemars Piguet Foundation has been contributing since 1992 to the cause of worldwide forest conservation through environmental protection and youth awareness-raising programs. Preserving forests, educating children to the environment, restoring biodiversity and valorizing traditional knowledge are our priorities. Our approach aims to initiate, through the projects we fund, a virtuous circle of sustainable development, by and with local communities.
As the Foundation embeds Audemars Piguet’s traditional values, it also oversees the company’s corporate social responsibility undertakings globally.