Audemars Piguet's Surprising Collab With Marvel's Black Panther
On April 10, Audemars Piguet held a live auction to celebrate its partnership with Marvel Entertainment. Held to benefit non-profit organisations First Book and Ashoka dedicated to improving the lives of low-income communities through education, the main item on the block was a unique Royal Oak Concept "Black Panther" Flying Tourbillon in white gold that eventually sold for a whopping US$5.2 million.
The watch features purple accents to mimic the colour of vibranium, a fictional purple metal in the Black Panther lore, as well as a dial adorned with a white gold 3D recreation of Wakanda superhero in a heroic pose above the flying tourbillon.
It's an honour today to pay tribute to Marvel’s heroes and further the strong connection Audemars Piguet has always had with the entertainment industry
If you're intrigued, you can get your hands on the retail version which is essentially the same design except that it is crafted in titanium with ceramic bezel and crown. Produced in a limited quantity of 250 pieces, the Black Panther in white gold on the dial takes about 30 hours of work to complete, which includes hand-engraving and hand-painting to achieve a remarkable likeness to the Marvel character.
It is powered by manual-winding Calibre 2965 with flying tourbillon, which first appeared in a Royal Oak Concept in 2018.
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According to Audemars Piguet's CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias, this is only the beginning. "This collaboration is a dream come true. It's an honour today to pay tribute to Marvel’s heroes and further the strong connection Audemars Piguet has always had with the entertainment industry. This collaborative adventure promises many surprises to come.”
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