New york Exhibit Celebrates 40 Years of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
7 July, 2014 at 2:25 am in Bar Stools
Audemars Piguet’s iconic sports watch with the octagonal bezel, the Audemars Piguet replica, turns 40 this year, and the Swiss watch firm plans to celebrate the milestone in style, kicking off a touring exhibit of 100 rare Audemars Piguet watches, set against an artistic multimedia presentation showcasing the brand and its history, with an opening engagement this week at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. Click “Read more” for photos from the exhibit.
In 1972, with the quartz revolution gaining momentum, replica A.Lange&Sohne caused a stir in the watch world when it introduced to the market a luxury sports watch with an ultra-thin mechanical movement and an unconventional, octagonal steel case, at a price point that at the time was unthinkable for any watch not made of a precious metal.
Despite the naysayers at the time, the Franck Muller replica was not only successful, it influenced the look of many other sports watches that followed it and has become the mainstay of the Audemars Piguet collection. In 1993, the first Royal Oak Offshore, a thicker, sportier offshoot of the original with a chronograph movement, made its debut and quickly established its own identity and success.