Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore and Royal Oak Concept are two series that further expand the limits of high-end timepieces while maintaining the core principles of Audemars Piguet’s design achievements. The Royal Oak is one of the most iconic and revolutionary timepieces in existence. It is the watchmaker’s natural understanding of unconventional design and precision engineering.
Break design rules
The Royal Oak represents an impressive design innovation. In a larger context, this is largely consistent with Audemars Piguet’s history of experimenting with unconventional forms and design languages for more than a century. In fact, the earliest recorded octagonal watch was a diamond-encrusted bracelet watch made by Audemars Piguet in 1917.
At that time, the watchmaker switched from 19th century classicism to exploring novel angular geometric shapes such as trapezoids and octagons, as well as more traditional circles, squares and rectangles. In the 1920s and 1930s, experiments expanded to unusual dials of different materials and colors. This innovation continued for generations, highlighting asymmetry and juxtaposition of geometric shapes in the 1960s.
Therefore, the shock wave of Royal Oak in 1972 is consistent with the overall design concept of the brand. Its attitude towards today is still unapologetically futuristic, and it strikes the right balance between advanced technology and traditional craftsmanship.
The launch of the Royal Oak and the development of the 2120/2800 calibre laid the foundation for Audemars Piguet’s adoption of important technologies and design methods for the next 50 years. The Royal Oak is based on its iconic model and is produced in a highly aesthetic way, from different sizes to widely used materials-including platinum, titanium, ceramic and gold-as well as different dial designs and colors. The series also contains complex complications and escapements-namely, perpetual calendar, lunar cycle, minute repeater, tourbillon, double balance mechanism and major complications.
Leading the future of large watches
In 1993, Audemars Piguet fake launched the Royal Oak Offshore, transforming Genta’s original design into a muscle package with a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 15 mm. Nicknamed “The Beast” because of its unprecedentedly large case size, this reimagining of the iconic Royal Oak leads the trend of large-scale watches. The new design has been improved on the basis of the original design, including chronograph complications, curved bracelet links, rubber details, stylized crown protection and anti-magnetic cover of the movement. The introduction of the Royal Oak Offshore was polarized at first, but it quickly developed among the younger generation of watch collectors.
It is worth noting that Arnold Schwarzenegger was so impressed with the Royal Oak Offshore that he commissioned a customized version, which caused a sensation when it appeared in his movie “Doomsday”. Since its launch, the Royal Oak Offshore series has experienced a long development process. Its styles are related to F1 cars, basketball players and sports events. In addition, there are more than 130 styles. High Quality Replica watches
Beyond the limits of high-end watches
Audemars Piguet celebrates the 30th anniversary of its most iconic watch with a different interpretation of the original. The Royal Oak concept represents another key design innovation. It was launched in 2002. Its design was inspired by the ultra-modern aesthetics of the concept car, exploring what the brand thinks the Royal Oak will look like in the future: advanced technology precisely meets the cutting-edge micromechanics. The Royal Oak concept uses materials used in the aviation industry, namely lightweight and extremely durable innovative and resilient alloys. Continuing the 1972 Royal Oak collection, Concept is a truly functional sports and lifestyle luxury timepiece, unique.
In recent years, Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie, Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin and Code 11.59 have demonstrated how Audemars Piguet continues to look to the future. These series promise to challenge traditional values and redefine the way we wear watches in the future.