Audemars Piguet is the oldest watchmaker still owned by the founding family, with a rich history dating back to 1875. Aside from its immense popularity, this luxury Swiss manufacturer has never abandoned the good traditional values of hand-made production.
The Royal Oak, introduced in 1972, remains the brand’s most iconic timepiece and a watch that revolutionized the watch industry. The luxury sports watch, which has an octagonal bezel and a tapisserie dial has been released in several iterations, including the 1993 Royal Oak Offshore and the 2002 Royal Oak Concept. The Royal Oak Concept Laptimer broke records in 2015 as the world’s first laptimer chronograph.
Audemars Piguet watches, with their legacy as status symbols, make their place in the world of luxury. It’s become a top choice of many celebrities and top athletes around the world, many of whom serve as brand ambassadors. Here’s a list of exceptional Audemars Piguet watches.
Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Yellow Gold Watch
One of the exceptional Audemars Piguet watches is the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Yellow Gold Watch which is the most recent addition to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection. It is a very impressive watch made following traditional watchmaking values. It has a 41 mm yellow gold housing and a case and bracelet with comprehensive oscillating finishes that make its package very breathtaking.
The self-winding watch incorporates one of the most valuable complications in horology – a perpetual calendar. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar features a beautiful realistic moon phase indication as well as a week display. The Audemars Piguet allure is unquestionably a top-tier watch that exemplifies the ideals and magnificence of high-end horology products. The case as well as its stationary bezel is both made of 18 karat gold. It has a diameter of 41 mm and a thickness of 9.5 mm, putting it in the category of “ultra-thin” pieces. Both case and the bezel have fabulous alternating finishes that add to the overall appeal of the watch. Their front sides are brushed, and the edges are accented and polished for added luster.
When it comes to waterproofness, the watch with a screwed-in crown engraved with the brand’s logo is good for twenty meters. The watch’s yellow gold case complements the piece’s dashing deep blue dial, which is further enhanced with a Grand Tapisserie pattern.
Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Watch
Another exceptional Audemars Piguet watch is the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph which is part of Audemars Piguet’s iconic Royal Oak Offshore luxury sports watch collection. It is a relatively large version of the original Royal Oak from 1972. The latest Caliber 2897 automatic mechanical movement, specifically designed for this model, powers the Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph. The exceptional self-winding movement has a tourbillion and a column-wheel chronograph and beats at 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour (3Hz).
Automatic winding is enabled by a peripheral oscillating weight in circular satin-brushed 950 platinum positioned on ball bearings. An impressive tourbillion complication is visible through a cutout on the dial side at six o’clock. The movement is made up of 335 individual parts, each of which is hand-beveled, refined, beveled, and accessorized. The movement has a power reserve of at least 65 hours. The exquisite mechanism is housed in a forged carbon case, which features a black ceramic bezel, crown, and push-pieces, along with titanium push-piece guards. It has a solid case that measures 44mm in diameter and 14mm in thickness.
Millenary Minute Repeater Watch
This exceptional watch combines the oldest watch complication from the 15th century with the 21st-century architecture of the robust, 18 karats pink gold case with a 47 mm diameter. This brilliantly refined and shaped case houses a true masterpiece, the new 2928 Calibre hand-winding movement formed and manufactured entirely by Audemars Piguet.
One other innovative feature of the new mechanism is the opposite-facing double spring system, which offers numerous benefits. The fully wound mechanism can operate for up to seven days thanks to two barrels. The energy for the minute repeater mechanism is stored in the third barrel, which is a two-and-a-half time larger than normal. The balance spring pulsates at a rate of 21,600 times per hour. Accurate time-setting is ensured by a balance-stop system, while a security device included in the new winding system protects against potential damage. The interface’s spectacular design allows the wearer to see the mechanism’s hand-beveled edges and interior angles, and also the overall galvanic treatment. The Millenary Minute Repeater watch has an exquisite brown leather strap that complements the color of the gold case flawlessly.
Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph LeBron James Watch
The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph LeBron James Watch is an exceptional watch that is best described by two words: masculinity and sporty sophistication. The new Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, created in collaboration with one of the greatest basketball players in history, is available in a limited edition of 600 pieces. The sophisticated 18k pink gold case has a 44 mm diameter and beautiful satin finishes that complement the applied pink gold Arabic numerals on the dial. The case features a distinctive Royal Oak octagonal bezel secured with eight screws. It’s made of titanium, which best fits the gray color of a Méga Tapisserie dial, and it comes with a hand-stitched crocodile strap.
The dial is elegantly composed, with 12-hour, 30-minute, and small-second subdials at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions, as well as a round date aperture at three o’clock that reveals a black disk with white luminescent numerals. The sides and case-back of the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph LeBron James watch are also dazzling. There are two prominent pink gold inserts with ceramic Chrono push-pieces, and one is a diamond set. The ceramic crown with the gold top, which features the brand’s initials, is securely fastened between the chronograph pushers.
The exceptional watches produced by Audemars Piguet stood out due to their precision work and high quality. And it is precisely for this reason that these watches stand out today. Owning an Audemars Piguet is to own a fine, mechanical timepiece that has been meticulously crafted and finished to perfection. Purchasing an Audemars Piguet watch ensures that you can enjoy it for so many years.