Audemars Piguet is one of the biggest names in luxury watchmaking, and although many different AP models have existed over the years, a few collections have been able to maintain a strong popularity as new versions have emerged and technology has continued to advance. A very good example of this is the Royal Oak collection.
In this article, we will take a deeper look at the Royal Oak collection and explore its history, while taking a more in-depth look at model updates over the years and the most popular watches in the history of the collection.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection was launched in 1972 at the Swiss Watch Fair, later known as Baselworld. It was launched against a backdrop of growing interest in “quartz” technology among Swiss luxury watchmakers, and is widely considered to be the world’s first luxury sports best replica watches.
The defining features of the Royal Oak collection included the hexagonal bezel and exposed screw heads, with the overall design taking inspiration from traditional diving helmets. The first model introduced was the Royal Oak Ref. 5402ST, which featured a 39 mm case that was just 7 mm thick, helping to provide a sense of refinement and luxury to the sporty watch that had been reserved for luxury dress watches until then.
The model also introduced the self-winding calibre 2123, which offered exceptional precision and shock resistance, and was fully integrated with the watch’s date display function. In the years since, various new complications have been introduced to each model, including a perpetual calendar and a moon phase indicator option.
The Royal Oak Ref. 15300ST first went on sale in 2005 and remained in production until 2023. It is powered by the low-beat Caliber 3120 movement and is available in stainless steel and pink gold. Black, blue and white dial colours are offered, while the case diameter is 39 mm, making it a good choice for those with thinner wrists.
Visually, one of the defining features of this generation of Royal Oak replica luxury watches is the placement of a large “AP” logo at 12 o’clock in place of the dial markers. The watch also features an old-fashioned clasp with the large AP logo there as well.
Well, there was speculation that the particular stainless steel replica Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime might become the most expensive fake watch to ever sell at auction, and it turns out that was well founded. It was just the fact. The replica watch, with its two dials, reversible case, and 20 complications, was made to be the most expensive watch around the world.
It is not surprising that the watch fetched a large price. Historically, Patek Philippe watches have done particularly well only on watches, and for the past few years it has been the most expensive of its kind. Just a few minutes earlier, another Patek Philippe, Henry Graves, had been crowned the world’s most expensive watch. The most expensive wristwatch until today was the aforementioned Paul Newman Daytona that belonged to Mr. Paul Newman, which pulled in $17 million when it sold in 2017. No matter how you slice it, today’s result is a big one.
There have been a lot of records set, broken, and broken yet again over the last few years, but this one is apparently the granddaddy of them all. It’s interesting that the watch that’s held the crown for a long time was a pocket watch from the 1920 and it was eventually unseated by a modern, special complication, also from Patek Philippe. This is the first time the record is held by a modern watch, at least in recent memory. However, when it comes to the record for being the most expensive wristwatch, it’s a little more nuanced. As talked above, the record was held by a different unique Patek, which was unseated by a rare vintage Patek and a unique, provenance-driven vintage Rolex in turn.
The bidding up to around 20 million was a race, then it slowed down to a proper standoff, ratcheting up…and up…and up. It was clear that a major portion of the crowd was simply in disbelief. But it doesn’t matter to bidders. They are absorbed;The auctioneer knew that neither side would budge. It’s in the room. A call comes in every few minutes to raise the stakes.
The higher it is, the more engaged the crowd is. It succeeded in silencing the chatter that usually filled the room. Once it went to CHF 28 million a few cheers and congratulatory claps punctuated the flow of the auction until it seemed like everyone got comfortable with the idea that this was going to be the most expensive watch ever sold.
When I tried it on the other week, it didn’t immediately resonate emotionally — but who CARES, because when the fake Patek Philippe set a world record, there were definitely extra watches in the room.
Christmas came and went, but just because a deluge of gifts were exchanged in the meantime doesn’t mean you should abstain from taking advantage of any bargain that might come your way. I mean you’re probably going to a New Year party and if that’s the case you’re most likely hoping to impress everyone there.
I think some of the best Christmas gift concepts for women this season could include a luxury watch. If you’re style tends to be edgier than most, I’m sure you’ll deeply appreciate this particular timepiece. However, there’s a difference between what ladies and gents desire in timepiece.
There is a myriad of affordable watches for women for less than $500 coming out of fashion designer houses, but to make it easier for you I have come up with a list of the most affordable and stylish watch any lady would love to have. So if you desire all eyes on you during the end of the year party, I have a few tips waiting for you that will hopefully make you decide.
I will abstain from bribing copy watches into the equation for now, I might devote a future post completely to them, and however, if you have been considering a replica watch for some time you can go and take a peek at the website promotions and see what they have to offer.
Calvin Klein Classic
What if you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for women that have more down-to-earth, classic tastes? Then this Calvin Klein watch model is definitely a fine choice. The watch features a stainless steel case and a metal bracelet. It’s of a Swiss quartz movement variety and represents quite a decent investment. The house might not be that well known for its watches, but the Classic model is a pretty decent offering combining style with modern simplicity. Synonymous with American cool, Calvin Klein is a leader in the world of fashion.
AIX Armani Exchange Chronograph
The Armani Exchange is the cheapest brand coming out of the Armani luxury empire. It caters to the more casual, young adult pool of clients. While men are bound to appreciate intricate mechanisms, women will certainly put looks and design above everything when it comes to choosing their watch. The Armani Exchange lady’s Chronograph is a dazzling buy if you find yourself on a tight budget this year, being priced around $180.
The Sync takes advantage of Swiss made quartz movement and features a black rubber strap with signature web detail and stainless steel carillon buckle. This is a watch with a sport-ish feel that active women will love as companion for workouts and morning runs. The Gucci Sync makes it to my Christmas gift concepts for women list because it’s a watch that has been designed by an iconic fashion house and displays an interesting color arrangement involving red, green and black.
There you go, if you still have some money to spend from Christmas, a bargain watch from my list will be a perfect acquisition. Still don’t forget to make a quick tour and check the perfect watches promotions if you still haven’t been capable to satisfy your cheap replica watches cravings this season.
To be honest, this is one of the unpopular replica watches that Breguet has launched in recent years. It’s not a traditional mix of conventional features, in a much more contemporary package. All the major design features are there: the fluted case, the hands and the elaborately guillochéd dial, but this watch is a world away from their Classic collection, while still being undeniably Breguet. Moreover, this is a key point that doesn’t look too much like anything else in the crowded field of top-end sports chronographs. You should make that abundantly clear if you look at the back side of this hefty 42.3mm by 13.85mm watch. All 346 parts of this automatic calibre are gorgeous, working together in sophisticated harmony. The rotor is now a skeletonized ship’s wheel affair rather than the wavelike shape of yore. Of course, being Breguet replica, you know that there’s silicon inside, especially the escapement anchor and the balance spring — nice things for a sporty chronographs.
The option of white gold case leans away from sports and more towards luxury (don’t worry though, there’s a titanium option on hand if that’s more your speed). The case design is quite interesting for the brand: the integrated lugs add a sporty, ’70s vibe, which will be the most popular aspect of the design. The wave-like chronograph pushers are special, and yet another factor that tells the Marine story. The case sides are fluted, naturally.
As for me, though, the dial is the most interesting part. Let’s begin with the edge and work in. Sporty Roman numerals are always a bit of work, and here they’ve ameliorated the issue by opting for quite stylized applied numerals inset into a brushed track. The middle of the deep blue dial bears a quite lovely wave motif, which really elevates the package. The hands are a lume-filled take on the iconic Breuget handset, which matches well with the numerals. Things get a little quirkier with the three chrono subdials, which are different sizes and, in the case of the hours and minutes, overlapping. Also, there’s a date at four — a practical, if possibly contentious offering.
All in all, the replica Breguet’s Marine Chronograph is a really funny watch, with loads of personality. Some people might find factors of the design challenging, including the sort of people who like pigeonholing things, but if you’re in the market for a genuine option to the mainstream sports chrono pack, it’s a worthy competitor.
In the last past few years, the replica Panerai has grown so far beyond the very first offerings that it had when it was first acquired by the Richemont Group, as to defy description. The company has made everything from some of the most underappreciated tourbillons in the business, to perpetual calendars, astronomical clocks, and pretty much everything else you can think of. The fake Panerai watches have become not only the functional instrument and dive watches that originally made the brand’s reputation among enthusiasts, but exercises in pure design as well and there are now so many different variations on the original theme that it’s possible to find anything you might want in the catalogue – from serious functional dive replica watches to the best complications.
And yet, fundamentally, there are and have been, and probably only ever will be, two Panerai watches: Radiomir, with its wire lugs and echo of the very early days of professional and military dive watches (lest we forget, watches like the Submariner and Blancpain 50 Fathoms are follow-on to the saboteur’s and combat diver’s watches of World War II) and of course, Luminor, with its distinctive and irresistible lever crown locking system. Both have such strong identities that over the years the variations on these themes have proven inexhaustible, but the basic designs and attributes of the original models still have a powerful appeal.
Panerai replica has just announced that it has launched a limited edition – the Luminor Submersible Automatic Acciaio – which will be provided, in an interesting twist, not at authorized dealers or Panerai boutiques, but typically through the fake Panerai’s online e-boutique. Much of Panerai’s core collection is available to purchase online too, but this is the first time they’ve offered an e-boutique-only limited edition.
The two most distinctive features of this model are the distinctive locking lever for the crown – which, if you’ve never had a chance to play with one, is one of the most fun ways to secure a crown that’s ever come down the pike – and the dial. The latter is a very deep blue which depending on how the light hits it can seem anything from a sky-at-dawn azure, to almost black.
On May 15, 2017, Christie’s will sell a Patek Philippe Calatrava in Geneva which could be one of the most significant watches to sell in the modern collectible watch era, of course that might not just the reason you are thinking about. Surely, there’s no doubt that watch is a unique one, and actually would cost much in price. The Calatrava is one of the least common references made by Patek Philippe, and when they come up for sale it’s generally big news. But that isn’t why you’re reading this story. No, this Calatrava coming to Christie’s is such a fascinating lot because its result may finally open up a discussion long held in the back offices of Milanese pushers, of Swiss auction houses, and penthouse apartments of Asian mega-collectors. When will replica watches become OK to own? Or are real watches the only ones worth anything and shall those that have been refreshed keep efficiently outcast? Now we will give the answer to you, but first let’s talk about the basic topic of what the Calatrava is.
This sale was a significant one as that lot validated that the 530 was indeed made not only as a chronograph but as a time-only Calatrava.
Generally speaking, before we vilify Christie’s, it is well-known to you all. First, they announced that this watch was sold publicly with a silver dial and that a black dial was added within the past 10 years. Second, the watch was born with a black dial! That means this new black dial is actually more correct than the silver dial with which we became first acquainted. The archive extract for this watch reads “Type of dial: Black, raised hour markers in steel.”
So things become more interesting in this way, the watch for Christie’s, for the consignor, and for any potential buyer. It is completely obvious here that this fake watch wasn’t born with this dial. But that doesn’t make the dial incorrect for it.
Will A Strong Result Mean It’s OK To Modify A Watch If It’s Done Well?
So, let’s think about the watch here and what it might mean to the industry. Now it seems as if only original watches are worth buying and paying full price for. If a watch has been cleaned, or retouched, or modified in any way, it is a quick turn off to most purchasers. The huge values placed on condition and originality are rather recent phenomenon, and some of the most crucial vintage watches in the world feature dials that have been cleaned or corrected in some way, and that was, well, seemed so nice. But because we currently live in a world where it seems that a handful of dealers and auction houses are able to produce “untouched” replica watches with some regularity, and the world’s wealthy continually pay record-setting prices for them, what happens to the rest of the watches?