Life style, I’ll be exploring one of the more popular watches of the modern world, and illustrious timepiece with a smooth and classy design, a watch you could wear when shaking hands to finalize a multi-million dollar business deal or you could sport it while sailing your boat through the Mediterranean Sea the possibilities are endless when you’re sporting this magnificent timepiece on your wrist.
Truly a watch that justifies its appellation, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
The Royal Oak was conceptualized and created by watch designer Gerald genta.
Gente presented his design for the Royal Oak to Audemars Piguet in 1970 as the story goes, genta drew his design for the watch in one night after being inspired by a diver wearing an old-fashioned helmet attached to his suit by eight screws.
The result was a large 39 millimeter steel sports watch that incorporated an integrated bracelet raised bezel with hexagonal screws and a beautiful dial.
Not many know the Royal Oak was nearly named * Safari *, due to its sporty look and the fact that it evoked feelings of wildlife exploration.
However Audemars Piguet decided against this because it did not coincide with the brand’s image, instead many believe that it was named after a tree that king charles ,the second of england hid behind during the battle of war jester.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was unveiled at the 1972 basel fair to mixed reactions, this was in part because of the design which was considered futuristic for the time, but also because of the price.
The steel Royal Oak cost three thousand six hundred and fifty dollars ( $3650) which was more expensive at the time than many gold watches that being said recent and as yet unpublished studies by the Audemars Piguet heritage department, shows that more than 1,000 watches sold during the first two years, this was the first steel high-end sports watch forever revolutionizing the brand.
The octagonal design has remained even in the most recent incarnations of the watch, including the Royal Oak Offshore introduced in 1993 and the Royal Oak Offshore diver introduced in 2013.
The watch still features the same design today in octagonal steel bezel and white gold screws, this production helped raise steel to the rank of precious metal in regards to fascinating watches.
The price of a Royal Oak ranges from around $3,000 to over $100,000 since the inception of the Royal Oak it has become an exquisite timepiece owned by royals celebrities and the like.
The very first person to own a Royal Oak watch was the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah requested a custom-made watch with white gold subsequently Audemars Piguet gaen production of Royal Oak white gold watches by the late 1970s.
The Royal Oak was the primary chrome steel watch marketed as a desirable piece it had been a special era within the early 1970s, when men still needed to wear watches to stay track of the time, they chose between chrome steel watches and dressy pieces built for black-tie soirees.
The Royal Oak bridged those two worlds creating a luxury be careful of the more durable steel, when it had been first released the AP was costlier than Patek Phillipe pieces made out of gold, and ten
times the value of mini steel Rolexes.
Audemars forget has spent over a hundred and thirty years mastering the construction of their watches and complications, they pride themselves on producing beautiful sports watches able to withstand almost anything the world throws at them, they have revolutionized using new materials such as carbon and titanium, fortunately the company is still in the hands of founding families allowing the company to still to follow its own unique vision.
I absolutely love this watch .