The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph is a truly unique and beautiful watch that has countless fans across the globe. The brand is one of the oldest manufacturers within the watchmaking industry. The first AP watch was designed over 175 years ago. Its extended tradition and excellent tastes for timeless designs have made the company what it is today- a very popular choice for both collectors and amateurs.
Throughout the years, Audemars Piguet has introduced several new and interesting Royal Oak models that have made it clear that the brand is able to adapt to any trend or technical changes. The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Skeleton and the Royal Oak Equation of Time are just a few examples of its excellent intuition for combining refined design with innovating functionalities.
At the beginning, the Royal Oak was a traditional looking watch that appealed to a more mature audience, but during the ‘70s the brand needed to reinvent the basic appearance of this line so they can also target young people. The final conclusion was that they needed to construct a larger waterproof chronograph sports watch. It had a 42 mm case diameter and it was very bulky. In 1972, the new Royal Oak came out and it was among the first luxury sports watches.
Then, in 1997 Audemars Piguet has launched a line of new Royal Oak versions in bold and fresh colors to celebrate the Royal Oak’s 25 anniversary. This is how AP started its limited edition series. Among its first celebrity collaboration we must mention Arnold Schwarzenegger who signed the End of Days model. One of the most successful special editions Royal Oak was the 500 PVD treated version also known as the first “big black watch”. After the Arnold Schwarzenegger version, Audemars Piguet launched the Las Vegas, the Jay-Z, the Mountauk Highway, the team Alinghi, the Barrichello, the Barrichello II, the Barrichelo III, the Pride of China, the Pride of Mexico, the Pride of Russia, the Shaq and other Schwarzenegger watches.
This is how Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has regained its popularity. Now, all celebrities love to have a Royal Oak in their collection. Athletes, musicians and Hollywood stars are just a few of the personalities that love these beautiful watches and are keen on collecting them. The basic design of these watches is the same; the only difference is represented by the color scheme or minute design traits. There is even a mix tape named “The Timeless Audemars Piguet Collection” made by Rick Ross( the Bawse) and the album cover shows him wearing an Offshore.
Audemars Piguet uses a remarkable self-winding mechanism, called F. Piguet caliber 1185 with a 55 hour power reserve, extremely slim and with superior technical features such as the column wheel and a vertical clutch.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has a traditional hand-applied finishing technique that you won’t see on any other sports watch- lapping, beveling, brushing and polishing. Among the most beautiful details of the AP case is the amazing finish of the Royal Oak of 1972 that is still intact on today’s Royal Oak Chronograph. The octagonal bezel is another distinct characteristic of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. It has a polished surface that has a very unique shine, a trademark of AP watches that makes it very appealing to many collectors. And the bezel is connected to the case by using trademarked hexagonal screws.
The bracelet of the Royal Oak is another part of the watch that fascinates greatly. Its shine and finishing are very beautiful, every single link is in a different size and the edges are completely brushed and polished. Plus, the double deploying clasp of the AP is tightly closed and when you push both sides it pops right open.
The dial is the part of the watch that turned the Royal Oak into a legend. This 41 mm chronograph has a magnificent textured dial that is made the old way. It is not a stamped dial or a laser cut face. The pattern of the dial is cut using a 100+ year old pantograph. In fact, Royal Oak is famous for its tapisserie pattern dial that has a square and lozenge motif which reflects the light beautifully.
The Royal Oak Chronograph is a modern classic. This watchmaking legend is among the most expensive watches in the world, a true high-end sports watch that appeals both to collectors and rookie watch fans.