2012 SIHH Geneva Haute Horlogerie Salon-Audemars Piguet Royal Oak series 40 years of unparalleled success from avant-garde ideas to classic icons Royal Oak series watches are epoch-making works in the history of modern clocks The history of modern clocks and watches can be divided into two phases. Audemars Piguet launched the Royal Oak series in 1972, the first noble sports watch in the history of horology, because of its avant-garde characteristics at that time exceeded the times. The Royal Oak became a legend as soon as it was launched. Time flies, the Royal Oak watch 40 years later has become a veritable example of modern watchmaking. This magnificent, avant-garde avant-garde watch has written a strong stroke in the history of Audemars Piguet. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak series, the Audemars Piguet factory in Brassüth, Switzerland has launched eight new Royal Oak series watches. While maintaining the original series characteristics, it continues to carry forward the avant-garde spirit. How an unprecedented sports watch embarked on a journey to conquer the world. 1972 was a decisive turning point in the history of modern watchmaking. With the advent of the first Royal Oak watch, everything will be different. The appearance of this distinguished sports watch completely overturned the tradition of watchmaking tradition and caused a huge sensation in the industry.
The challenge is how to create a distinguished sports watch with a stainless steel case and an ultra-thin mechanical movement. So that when this unconventional watch designed by Gérald Genta for Audemars Piguet appeared at the Basel International Spring Exhibition in 1972, few industry observers predicted that it would be a great success. Forty years later, the success of this watch is beyond doubt.
Success doesn’t happen overnight. In the days when small models were popular, the 39 mm diameter Royal Oak watch was really unusual. For the first time in history, a watch is not only attracted by its superb craftsmanship and its excellent materials, it is also widely praised for its unique appearance, which means that the watchmaking industry Values have changed. In other words, the reliability of the watch should match the stylish design, and the Royal Oak watch is the best embodiment of this new standard. In just a few years, this uniquely designed watch has attracted many collectors, including well-known business people such as Fiat Auto Group founder, Italian industrialist Giovanni Agnelli, and other international elites. Forty years later, Royal Oak remains brilliant.
2012 coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak series. Audemars Piguet introduced eight new watches, reinterpreting the features of the original 1972 Royal Oak series watches.
‘Everyone wants to imitate, there is no substitute for this deity.’ This classic Audemars Piguet used to describe the Royal Oak watch is still applicable today and leads the trend.
Royal Oak Slim Watch
Royal Oak Automatic and Quartz
In 2012, Audemars Piguet returned to its origins with eight new Royal Oak watches, recreating the legendary moment in 1972 when the world’s first noble sports watch was born.
Eight new models complement two sub-series of the Royal Oak series: ultra-thin series, self-winding watch and quartz watch series. The dial design of the two sub-series is obviously different. The ultra-thin series is characterized by the ‘Petite Tapisserie’ small checkered decorative dial, while the self-winding watch and the quartz watch series are based on the ‘Grande Tapisserie’ large checkered decorative dial. feature.
In 2012, the Royal Oak series ultra-thin series introduced the following 4 new models:
-Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak Tourbillon 40th Anniversary Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
-Extra-Thin Royal Oak Tourbillon Tourbillon
-Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
-Extra-Thin Royal Oak
In the Royal Oak automatic winding watch and quartz watch series, the following 4 new models are added:
-Selfwinding Royal Oak-41mm Self-winding Royal Oak 41mm
-Selfwinding Royal Oak-37mm Automatic 37mm Royal Oak
-Royal Oak Quartz-33mm Royal Oak Quartz
-Royal Oak Chronograph-41mm 41mm Royal Oak Chronograph
In 2012, it coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak Legend series. Audemars Piguet introduced eight new models, reinterpreting the basic elements and original concepts of the series, trying to carry forward the essence of the Royal Oak and vividly reflect how an avant-garde watch has evolved into a modern The legendary journey of the classic logo.