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This year the venerable brand Audemars Piguet threw an unexpected curveball — and it was a home run. The innovative twist in time: the Royal Oak Marvel watch. The original Royal Oak Concept Black Panther, introduced earlier in the year, was a one-of-a-kind that was auctioned during its introduction to raise money for charity. The watch boasted an engraved and sculpted three-dimensional Black Panther sculpture (with purple accents) atop the mainplate and above the tourbillon escapement. The response was so incredible that Audemars Piguet created a second edition with a slightly different version of the Black Panther (without purple on the suit).

Working with Marvel Entertainment, Audemars Piguet pays tribute to the hero with this 250-piece, 42mm Royal Oak Black Panther Flying Tourbillon edition. Crafted in titanium and black ceramic, it boasts a constantly moving tourbillon escapement at 6 o’clock thanks to the mechanical hand-wound Caliber 2965. Audemars Piguet had to develop new tools to create and assemble the 18-karat gold superhero on the movement. The character’s suit is laser-carved and the rest of the details are hand-carved by an engraver. A purple dial flange for the hours indication and a matching purple rubber strap complete the futuristic look.

Approx. $162,000, available at Audemars Piguet in New York, +1 212 688 6644,

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