The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a horological icon. Introduced in 1972, the Royal Oak was the very first ultra-luxury steel sports watch. It was a significant departure from the classic, conservative gold wristwatches AP was known for until that time. As legend holds, the Royal Oak was designed overnight by Gerald Genta. Its design has since gone down as truly revolutionary, transforming the staid, conservative watchmaking world on its head.