Our Top 3 Audemars Piguet watches
Named after the tree that famously protected King Charles II from the Roundheads (and subsequently used as the name of eight separate Royal Navy Warships), the Royal Oak embodied AP’s independent mentality, as it was the first stainless steel high-end watch in an era when luxury pieces were generally only gold. Today, the collection is instantly recognisable, and aesthetically characterised by its Guilloché dial and octagonal bezel, secured with oversize screws.
The design of the watch came from legendary designer Gerald Genta who had success on his contribution to Patek Phillipe’s Golden Ellipse and the Omega Constellation. Genta was set a brief and created the iconic Royal Oak design by the following morning. The design of the Royal Oak was often referred to as the masterpiece of Genta’s career.
Royal Oak Offshore
In 1993, Audemars Piguet introduced a new sportier iteration of the collection, The Royal Oak Offshore. With a generous 42mm case, it was the world’s first oversized watch. It typically features up to 300m water resistance, anti-magnetic protection and rugged materials like carbon, rubber and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass.
Less instantly recognisable as an Audemars Piguet watch, the Millenary is a range of watches from AP that creates timepieces specifically for women and that labelling is currently in flux as lots of female watch enthusiasts vear toward classic watches with men preferring watches of smaller sizes, traditionally designed for women.
The Millenary with its unique horizontal ovoid shape initially stemmed from an unpopular case design from 1951, it was resurrected in 1995 with the name “Millenary” to commemorate the third impending millennium. The watch was well received and AP continues to experiment with the range.