The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the most sought-after watch models among horologists and watch enthusiasts. It is known for its unique design and interesting backstory. Famous owners of Royal Oaks are the Shah of Iran, Jay-Z, LeBron James, Prince Michael of Kent, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Novak Djokovic to name a few. Among Swiss luxury watches, it is one of the most groundbreaking and arguably has the most revolutionary design. Before the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, there has never been a watch like it made by the “Holy Trinity” of Swiss watchmakers, namely, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Vacheron Constantin. Today, it has spawned hundreds of designs, from some that have been faithful to its original design to the most experimental such as the Royal Oak Concept. As its classic design celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look at five reasons why the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak an exceptional watch.
You may be familiar with the Patek Philippe brand through its more famous models such as the Calatrava, the Nautilus, the Aquanaut, or for ladies, the Twenty~4. One of Patek Philipe's models that may have escaped your attention is the Gondolo. These watches are considered