To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their iconic Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet is presenting a multi-city exhibit that showcases 100 examples of this historic timepiece in conjunction with the creative talents of three of today’s leading contemporary artists, Sebastien Leon Agneessens, Quayola and Dan Holdsworth.

The exhibit, ROYAL OAK 40 YEARS: From Avant-Garde to Icon, charts the history of the watch that changed the industry’s notion of what a luxury timepiece could and should be. First released in 1972, the Royal Oak has since become the watch that all other sports watches are measured against. Over the course of the past four decades, the Royal Oak has inspired countless variations, from chronographs and perpetual calendars to tourbillons and divers, yet through it all it has retained its trademark octagonal bezel, hexagonal screws and intricately patterned tapissiere dial.

ROYAL OAK 40 YEARS: Avant-Garde to Icon kicks off March 21st, 2012 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City and will run through the 25th before moving on to Milan, Paris, Bejing, Singapore and Dubai. The exhibit is open to the public and admission is free. We’ll see you there.

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