Eve’s Watch reviews the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch. To view the full review or find out more about women’s watches visit http://bit.ly/1psIwq5
When people talk about icons of the watch world, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak is always on the list. This is a design classic that was created in 1972 by Gerald Genta, a Swiss watch designer of incredible pedigree who was also behind such instantly recognisable timepieces as Omega’s Constellation, IWC Ingenieur and Patek Philippe’s Nautilius.
As wrongly and over-used as this phrase is, the Royal Oak, which takes its name from the British Royal Naval battle ships, really was a game changer. For starters, it was a luxury watch made from steel. Audemars Piguet and Genta had taken a massive risk, but one that ultimately paid off. The price of the Royal Oak was equivalent to a watch made in gold but it proved to the luxury watch industry that you could make something precious without using precious metal.
Despite its conviction about its new watch, Audemars Piguet was only hoping to sell 1,000 Royal Oaks and in the first year that figure was looking unachievable. What a difference 32 years make…
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