Audemars Piguet’s men’s watches generally garner all the column inches but it takes just as much care and attention over its women’s collections, just with a little less fanfare. Words by Laura McCreddie-Doak.
The Royal Oak Offshore collection is a force to be reckoned with. Since it was launched in 1993 the collection has changed the face of watchmaking, taking Audemars Piguet timepieces to a level never before seen.
Every single detail of an Audemars Piguet watch is practically perfect – crafted in-house to the finest degree, informed by almost 150 years of cutting-edge horology. Alex Doak takes the tour at Le Brassus HQ
Audemars Piguet is known for making horological history. Founding fathers Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet shared their pioneering sprits in 1875, leaving an indelible print on the world of luxury watches.
Audemars Piguet make exceptionally good timepieces. We could illustrate this point by mentioning their rich history, their fantastic movements or the unparalleled quality of their finishing. In this instance however, we would rather let the watch speak for itself.
Watchmaking has in recent years seen some fairly significant changes. Enthusiasts craved some bright and bold colour to break up the monochrome monotony, and watchmakers - like Audemars Piguet - duly responded.
One can’t help but wonder whether Gérald Genta – the watch designer who created the original Royal Oak, allegedly in one night – expected his design to become the icon it has. This original Royal Oak DNA has been developed and reworked by Audemars Piguet, and this has ensured that the desing has stood the test of time.
When the Royal Oak Offshore first hit the ground in the early ’90s it was highly advanced and ultra-modern, and looking at the latest pieces from Audemars Piguet nobody could suggest they’ve altered their approach. They have continued to adapt their designs, and to use only the finest materials in their timepieces.
It’s a question often asked in many aspects of life but is it true for the luxury watch wearer? Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is a serious watch, not only for the appreciation of the time it takes to make such an intricate timepiece by hand but also for feeling that you the owner possess when it’s on your wrist.
Audemars Piguet are renowned for creating some of the finest timepieces in the world, and have been working to these exceptional standards since they first established their base in the Valée de Joux in 1875. Not only is every one of their watch movements created in-house in their Le Brassus facility, but all of their case components manufactured and finished to the same exacting standards.
Audemars Piguet’s epic split-seconds-flyback Laptimer isn’t as much of an anomaly as you might think, says Alex Doak – it’s the latest in a storied lineage of super-complications from the Vallée de Joux.
To celebrate Audemars Piguet watches arriving at ROX, guests were invited to preview the incredible timepieces prior to the official launch at out flagship boutique in Glasgow’s historic Argyll Arcade. Guests were treated to the musical creations of Edinburgh-based band The Black Diamond Express who created an acoustic offering especially for the event.