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Timekeeping Royalty

Timekeeping Icon: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

To refer to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak as a mere icon is to almost willfully ignore the importance of the watch, the line it inspired, or, indeed, the genre that it gave birth to. Few, if any, timepieces have so thoroughly altered the industry or impacted our conception of watchmaking as the Royal Oak, and for good reason. This timepiece didn’t just save a company. It single-handedly created an entirely new class of watch.

timekeeping-promo-logo-gear-patrolThis article is part of GP's fresh new face to TIMEKEEPING, a weekly chronicle on the utility, design, tradition and innovation of watches.
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From a tiny acorn

Timekeeping: Audemars Piguet Celebrates 40 Years of the Royal Oak

The concrete canyons of Manhattan are pretty far away from the wooded alpine serenity of Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux, but it was on Park Avenue that Swiss watch company, Audemars Piguet, decided to kick off a celebration tour for its mightiest creation: the Royal Oak. Appearing in 1972 with a price ten times that of…

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15 Moments In Time

Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon

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,…