Over the weekend, Audemars Piguet made headlines with a huge superhero collab. Teaming up with the Marvel Universe, the ultra-luxury horologer dropped a Black Panther themed Royal Oak Flying Turboullion made with real Vibraniaum. Ok, it’s not made with Vibraniaum but it does look like something straight out of Wakanda.
The 42mm sandblasted titanium Royal Oak Concept is adorned with a hand-painted white gold relief of Marvel’s Black Panther on the dial. Encased in a black ceramic bezel and featuring satin-brushed titanium inserts, black PVD coated white gold hour markers, the Royal Oak Concept Black Panther is inspired by the super-suit worn by the late Chadwick Boseman in the 2018 film.
The black and purple colour scheme is maintained through the strap with royal purple rubber matching inserts in the dial.
Under the casing, the Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillion is powered by an in-house 3Hz handwound calibre 2965 offering 72 hours power reserve and water resistance to 50m.
The news was announced during a live stream charity auction in Los Angeles, hosted by Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart and Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry Bennahmias. An array of celebrity experiences with the likes of Serena Williams, Anthony Joshua and Ian Poulter whet the palette of wealthy donors, before a unique 18k white gold version of the Black Panther watch was auctioned off, going for over AUD $8.6 million.
Limited to just 250 pieces the Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon, the auspicious brand is still pretty hush-hush on the price. But from what we’ve seen, you’ll be looking to spend around AUD $210,000 to get your hands on one of these.