Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
The Royal Oak is a luxurious sports watch by Audemars Piguet, and has now become the template of a whole, widespread watch range.
A product icon of modern times
The "Royal Oak" (named after a famous sailing ship of the British fleet) contributed significantly to the success and the reputation of the brand Audemars Piguet and — similar to the Oyster models of Rolex — can be counted to the product icons of modern times. Characteristic of this watch designed by Gérald Genta, which entered 1972 the market as "the world's first luxury sports watch", is the screwed, octagonal case and the integrated metal band. First, the Royal Oak was launched with the extra flat automatic calibre AP 2120, then with the calibre AP 2121, and now, the Jumbo variant of the watch is equipped with the calibre 3120.
From the Royal Oak there are now a variety of variants available. Also continously new limited edition series are released, which conjugate the basic concept in many different ways. So, for instance, the Royal Oak Grande Complication offers the considerable number of the following additional functions: fly-back chronograph, week display, minute repeater and perpetual calendar with moon-phase indication. And with the Royal Oak Chronograph Tourbillon one ventured even to a tourbillon variant.
With the cases one also walks across the whole range of possibilities, from the stainless steel of the original model to yellow gold, rose gold and white gold, then to platinum, but also to new experimental materials such as carbon.
Also the masculine sports version of the Royal Oak, known as Royal Oak Offshore, became successful.
A selection of actual models
- Royal Oak 15202 (Calibre AP 2121, without seconds hand}
- Royal Oak 15300 (Calibre AP 3120, with seconds hand}
- Royal Oak Dual Time, dual time zone and 24-hours indication
- Royal Oak Chronograph
- Royal Oak Chronograph Tourbillon
- Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26252