The new iteration of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) in 37 mm takes inspiration from the two 39 and 37 mm RD#3 models in stainless steel released in 2022, but is offered for the first time in 18-carat white gold.

Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin RD#3

The extra-thin 18-carat white gold case and bracelet are finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers, thus engaging with the light like the facets of a diamond.

Just like the 37 mm steel RD#3 version, this new timepiece integrates several aesthetic elements of the “Jumbo” dial. Similarly to 39 mm models, it encompasses a Petite Tapisserie, offered in a new smoked blue colourway.

The blue shade is obtained by Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), whereas the smoked effect seen on the periphery is achieved by meticulously spraying black varnish while the dial is rotating.

The timepiece is powered by the ultra-thin selfwinding flying tourbillon movement, Calibre 2968, measuring a mere 3.4 mm in thickness, which saw the light of day in 2022. This delicate, high-end complication counteracts the effects of gravity on the watch’s accuracy. The balance wheel and escapement are housed in a tiny rotating cage that completes a revolution every minute to prevent their centre of gravity from staying in the same orientation.

Contrary to its tourbillon sibling, the flying tourbillon cage is only supported from below to leave the watch’s beating heart unobscured on the dial side. It is considered today as a symbol of watchmaking art as only a few expert watchmakers retain the skills required for its production.