Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch is now reaching its 40 year anniversary and this watch has truly changed the face of modern watchmaking.  Since its creation in 1972 the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has had quite a journey.

The Royal Oak has not always been as popular as it is today and was originally regarded as slightly avant-garde due to the way it was crafted using steel.  At the time sports watches were created using precious metals such as gold and silver.  The uncertainty about this watch and the metal used to craft it soon subsided and Audemars Piguet was able to set the standard of designing modern sports watches using steel.

The original Royal Oak watch was inspired a traditional diver’s helmet but over the years the Royal Oak has been made from different materials and has been made into different variations.  Even though different materials have been used and different variations made, the Royal Oak still maintains the original look with its octagonal shaped bezel and 8 integral hexagonal screws.

Audemars Piguet has also created other Royal Oak watches and all of them continue to push the boundaries of innovations within watchmaking.  The first Royal Oak watch was the Perpetual Calendar which was the thinnest model of its kind in 1972.  In 1997 Audemars Piguet created the first watch to have a forged carbon case and this came about after extensive research and development.

With iconic and luxury designs available, the Royal Oak is still at the top of its game today and watches like the Audemars Royal Oak in steel and the Audemars Royal Oak Offshore make sure that they remain at the top.  

At New Cavendish Jewellers we have an extensive collection of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches and whether you want a classic design or one of the latest models, we have it all in our online store

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