Is There a Controversy?

Watch enthusiasts find themselves in one of two camps. They are either in the “I will never wear one of those” camp or the “I can’t wait to get mine” camp. Either way, the controversy is real. It does seem bizarre that a high-end watch brand like Audemars Piguet launched a character watch. But AP really did do it.

Other high-end brands, such as Omega, have dabbled in character watches before. Omega has produced its 007 Bond collection as well as its limited Snoopy editions. But it is truly different when one of the top three watchmakers does it. As with most things, the controversy is in the eye of the beholder.

Luxury Watch Marketplace Loves it!

Internally, all of us at Luxury Watch Marketplace absolutely love the AP Royal Oak Black Panther. First of all it is a Flying Tourbillon which for watch enthusiasts like us, is an art. We truly appreciate the craftsmanship in that it has no upper bridge for the cage because the support comes from below.

Secondly, the AP Royal Oak Black Panther is limited to 250 pieces. Imagine being one of the few who actually own one. You would be standing in the crowd with others such as Lebron James. It stands to reason that with such a limited piece, this watch has the potential to being a great watch to invest in.

Finally, the craftsmanship in the design itself will mesmerize you. If you are able to view one in person, grab a loop and look at the details in the eyes of the black panther. You will see what we are talking about.

Our Conclusion!

The AP is one a collector should have in your collection…all 250 of you. If you are interested in buying one, simply complete a timepiece submission form and one of our dealers will have one for you to purchase.

Key facts and price

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon
Ref. 26620IO.OO.D077CA.01

Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 14.6 mm
Material: Titanium
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Hand-painted Black Panther figure in 18k white gold
Water-resistance: 50 m

Movement: Cal. 2965
Functions: Hours, minutes, and tourbillon regulator
Winding: Hand winding
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 72 hours

Strap: Purple rubber strap with titanium folding clasp, and additional black rubber strap

Limited edition: 250 pieces
Check with your Local Watch Dealers
Price: About US$162,000 (at the time of this blog)