Royal OakSee Collection
The story behind the Royal Oak Collection
It began as a risk in 1972 and would become the most iconic luxury sports watch in the world. The Royal Oak was the world’s first stainless steel high end Swiss watch and came in an era when gold was seen as the only material for luxury products. With its extra strong case, screw down octagonal bezel and exclusive “Grande Tapisserie” dial, the Royal Oak has become instantly recognisable as one of the worlds leading sports watches. The collection is named after British Royal Navy Battleships, which in turn were named for the tree which saved King Charles II from attack by his enemies. The octagonal shape is inspired by the cannon scuttles on the ships, and 40 years on from the original design by Gerald Genta, it still makes a bold statement.
Royal Oak OffshoreSee Collection
The story behind the Royal Oak Offshore
In 1993 Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s first over-sized watch, the Royal Oak Offshore. Audacity was the key design principle, taking functional high-tech materials and components and using them to create a dramatic aesthetic. The collection uses materials like ceramic, rubber and carbon to create genuine sports watches designed to be rugged as well as beautiful. The Watch Gallery range includes men’s and ladies chronographs and genuine diving instruments with a water resistance of up to 300 metres. All models feature the traditional Royal Oak octagonal bezel, in reference to the tree that saved King Charles II from his enemies and gives the original collection its name.
The story behind the Millenary Collection
Unique in shape with a neo-classical style, the Millenary collection reveals the intricate details of fine watchmaking. The Watch Gallery presents a men’s and ladies collection which is noted for its individual design principles. Innovative technology and a creative freedom have been key aspects of Audemars Piguet’s independent longevity. The Millenary collection continues this into the 21st century. The oval shaped case is influenced by the Coliseum in Rome, and fuses contemporary technology with the timepieces classic dimensions by including a Swiss Made Audemars Piguet self-winding mechanical movement which has been assembled in-house at their headquarters in Le Brassus.
Audemars Piguet has produced many world firsts - amongst them, the first steel high-end sports watch known as the Royal Oak in 1972, and the first oversized watch, the Royal Oak Offshore in 1993.
AUDEMARS PIGUET HERITAGE
Audemars Piguet is known as one of the four ‘Old Ladies’ of Haute Horlogorie and began life in 1875, when Jules-Louis Audemars met Edward-Auguste Piguet in the town of Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux region of Switzerland.
Together, they founded ‘Audemars, Piguet et Cie’ and the firm has remained under the control of the same two families ever since. Like their founders, Audemars Piguet have continued to surpass technical boundaries throughout the years. Their watches are designed with a creativity & freedom truly reflective of the brand's unique independence.