World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has gone public after receiving a $150,000 Audemars Piguet Black Panther Concept watch.
Audemars Piguet’s Concept watches are rarely subtle. Like their equivalents in the motoring world, they stretch convention far beyond core collection pieces by experimenting with form, function, materials and design.
A partnership between Audemars Piguet and Marvel’s Comic Universe, announced in March, was flagged as an opportunity to create another Concept watch, leading to speculation of how radical or safe the brand would go.
The answer, revealed in April, is the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon, and it is hard to imagine a more radical first watch from a creative collaboration.
For a limited edition, a relatively substantial 250 pieces are being made, and one of the first to surface is with world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, who shared a video of him unboxing the watch to his 12.3 million Instagram followers this week.
The Audemars Piguet Black Panther Concept watch has a hand painted white gold rendition of the Marvel character looking like it lept straight off a cinema screen and onto the dial where it seems to be leaping over a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock.
The dial sits in a futuristic 42mm titanium case with a black ceramic bezel and is worn on a bold purple rubber strap.
It uses AP’s in house calibre 2965, visible through a crystal case back, so you can see the sandblasted geometric titanium bridges coated with grey and black PVD, the back of the flying tourbillon cage and part of the gear train.
The watch is priced at CHF 150,000 (around £120,000).