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Owen & Robinson’s guide to Audemars Piguet Watches

Most famous for their iconic Royal Oak watch, Audemars Piguet are renowned across the entire globe for creating high quality luxury wristwatches with technical innovations that set the benchmark throughout the watchmaking industry. Whilst the Royal Oak is a solid investment, other collections from our range of Audemars Piguet watches here at Owen & Robinson, include the Royal Oak Offshore family – a line of innovative diver’s watches. The company sits up there with the like of Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, so if you are big into collecting or following luxury wristwatches, you will be more than familiar with the manufacturer’s perpetual calendars, their iconic porthole-inspired case shapes and the world’s flattest mechanical watch – the Royal Oak RD#2.

What makes Audemars Piguet watches so special?

Audemars Piguet began manufacture of their watches in 1875, each finely tuned mechanical timepiece is composed by the hands of some of the most skilled watchmakers in the world. The manufacturing facilities is nestled deep in the heart of the Vallee de Joux, surrounded by the Jura Mountains as a breath-taking backdrop. This location has served as inspiration to the meticulously crafted timepieces made here. Audemars Piguet manages to create beautifully rugged timepieces that vary in price from a stainless steel quartz Royal Oak model which can be purchased for around £13,000 to an 18ct rose gold Royal Oak Offshore automatic chronograph model costing around £67,000.

Audemars Piguet watches are also great investment pieces that have the potential to appreciate in value. Top models from their collections include perpetual calendars, minute repeaters and chronographs that embody excellent craftsmanship and extraordinary finishes. The company consider themselves the first to create a stainless steel sports watch, and still to this day the timepieces are perfect for bridging the gap between a modern sports chronograph and a classic timepiece that can be worn for anything from business to leisure to travel.

The Collections:

Royal Oak

At a time when luxury wristwatches were being made from precious metals like gold and platinum, Audemars Piguet put themselves on the map for creating the first sports watch to be made from stainless steel. Its avant-garde porthole-inspired design was both eye-catching and memorable, and the company’s craftsmen chose to combine this unique-looking watch with an exclusive Audemars Piguet tapisserie patterned dial, adorned with the iconic company lettering emblazoned onto its surface at 12 o’clock.

The collection offers both ladies Royal Oak watches and men’s Royal Oak watches, including stainless steel and 18ct rose gold bi-colour cases adorned with diamond-set bezels, to sporty chronograph watches with matching blue and black dials and straps. These stylish models bring the luxurious finishes seen in their case designs through to their dials, boasting rose gold-coloured chronograph counters and colour coordinating hands embellished with luminescent treatment for easy reading in low light conditions.

Classic two hand versions of the Royal Oak watch are perfect for wearing as an everyday wristwatch, particularly if you like your watch to remain understated and simple. Sapphire crystal glass lenses provide a clear view into the dial where a date aperture is located at 3 o’clock. Grande Complications with a perpetual calendar, chronograph, and minute repeater provide a more technical way to read the time. Another key feature of an Audemars Piguet watch is its integrated metal bracelet which flows from the case effortlessly. Sine the watch took its rightful place as a true modern icon in 1972, Royal Oak watches have been epitomising contemporary elegance on the wrist of avid collectors ever since. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronograph watch with silver and black panda dial is a classic-looking sporty wristwatch with sub-counters laid out where you would traditionally expect. The chronograph minutes are situated 3 o’clock, the hours at 9 o’clock and the seconds at the south of the dial. The bezel, bolted down by the 8 distinct hexagonal screws and a 50 meter watch resistant steel case, characterise the perfect sports chronograph to wear equally as well with a business suit as with casual weekend attire.

Royal Oak Offshore

If you like your high-tech materials and innovative features like a perpetual calendar and minute repeater, the Royal Oak Offshore watches are certainly for you. The collection comprises a large family of watches with broad, attention-demanding case sizes crafted from 18ct gold, ceramic and titanium, as well as traditional steel. The watches which are considered an extension to the original Royal Oak line, mirror the same porthole-inspired case design yet have been integrated with impressive water resistant capabilities, making them ideal diver’s watches to wear down to daring depths of the sea. The Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph features an innovative 7 day power reserve whilst timepieces like the Royal Oak Offshore Havana 42mm model showcases an innovative mix of blue and brown tones upon a chronograph dial, completed in the iconic Mega Tapisserie pattern.

Royal Oak Offshore watches are sporty, masculine extensions of the Royal Oak – some of which feature pushers and screw-down crowns coated with rubber. In terms of price, these wristwatches vary from the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Automatic (which offers a simple three handed dial design and a robust 300 meter water resistant stainless steel case) priced at around £19,000 to the 18ct rose gold Royal Oak Offshore Automatic Chronograph watch (with grey dial, black coated pushers and screw-down crown and sub-scales positioned at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock) priced at around £67,000.

You can choose between models fitted with a black ceramic bezel and matching black rubber strap on a rose gold case, to all gold or all-black ceramic case designs with matching sleek black dials and rose gold applied indexes and hands, coated with luminous technology. Offshore diver’s watches feature an internal bezel that can be turned counter-clockwise via a second crown at 10 o’clock, whilst the Grande Complication models feature multiple complications, such as a perpetual calendar, chronograph or minute repeater and are powered by the in-house automatic caliber 2885 for promising an impressive 45-hour power reserve.