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.