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Audemars PiguetRoyal OakIt is a watch so revered in the watchmaking world to this day, due in no small part to its groundbreaking and historic achievements at a time when the Swiss watch industry was in crisis. Back then, the Japanese had introduced quartz watches that were accurate, reliable and, of course, very affordable, but Audemars Piguet changed the course when theirRoyal Oakwas released to the public inAnnual Swiss Watch Exhibition(known as Baselworld today) in 1972 and achieved commercial success soon after.
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Breaking all the traditional standards of luxury watchmaking, it ushered in a new era of high-end sports watches that came entirely in stainless steel, a truly unconventional choice at a time when luxury watches were predominantly made of precious metals and featured magnificent complications. Today,Royal Oakremains one of the most coveted pieces at Audemars Piguet, with long waiting lists especially for the41 mm Self-windingversion shown above. Intrigued? Here are 5 essential points to know.
01– The ultimate octagonal bezel and eight hexagonal screws are the house’s key signatures, elements that have inspired numerous designs by other watchmakers, but nothing comes close to the originalRoyal Oak.
02– The case is not only easy on the eye, but also fits comfortably on the wrist, making it the perfect combination of aesthetics and ergonomics. The model above (reference #15500ST) comes with a reflection-proof sapphire crystal and caseback, with a screw-down crown located at the 3 o’clock position.
03– The markLarge Upholstery(also known as a “waffle”) dial gives the watch a textured detail from afar, with white gold hour markers andRoyal Oakhands treated with a luminescent coating that glows in the dark. Apart from the classicBluedial, is also available in versions likeBlackandgray, all of which are shown above.
04– The integrated link bracelet shines brilliantly from multiple angles (thanks to the detailed beveling and finishing of each link), with the unique AP deployant clasp scoring high points in terms of looks and function.
05– In Singapore,Royal Oak self-winding 41 mmhas a price of$28,600tax included, and you better get on the waiting list because these parts are very, very, very hard to come by. Where to start? Head to the Audemars Piguet boutiques at Liat Towers and Marina Bay Sands, and may the odds always be in your favor.
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