Audemars Piguet: Belonging At The Very Top Of The Swiss Luxury Watch Hierarchy

Audemars Piguet has a long history of watchmaking. The brand has existed since 1875, and has pioneered in quite many fields of watchmaking. Audemars Piguet is considered by many experts and aficionados to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers and a leader in haute horology.

Audemars Piguet’s fame is attributed first and foremost to the Royal Oak Collection.  Audemars Piguet hired a designer called Gerald Genta in 1972. This was sort of a gamble since Gerald Genta opted for a completely unorthodox octagonal case design. The collection however became a major success story, and ever since 1972, the Royal Oak Collection has been immensely appreciated, popular and successful. Audemars Piguet has been defined by this single collection ever since. With universal icons such as the AP Royal Oak and the AP Royal Oak Offshore, which later stemmed from Genta’s original design, the brand is also known today for ground breaking advancements in watchmaking under their Concepts collection.

When the Royal Oak was first introduced to the public, it was labeled as the “Jumbo” because, at that time, a 39 mm diameter watch was considered oversized. Today the new Royal Oak watches are even larger. It’s available in a 37 mm and 41mm case. The 39 mm is exclusively reserved for the Royal Extra-Thin and Royal Oak Skeleton. In the aesthetic pleasure of its steel case lays a highly technical production process that only Audemars Piguet artisans can carry out. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a legend! The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak replica Swiss features a distinctive octagonal bezel attached with eight hexagonal screws. Apart from the exquisite design of the bezel and the case, the dial has the ‘Grand Tapisserie’ motif pattern, making this timepiece stand out from the crowd.

The continual pursuit of perfection that AP is known for has caused the brand to keep innovating. Audemars Piguet is well known for several technical features such as the first jumping hour wristwatch, the first minute repeater wristwatch and among the thinnest watches in the world among tourbillon, automatic and pocket watch categories. The brand usually uses the most precious materials such as gold, platinum and diamond. All in all, AP have developed many complications and timepieces that will go down in history as firsts and have developed a handful of innovations their competitors have capitalized on.