Editor Obsession: A Classic Watch by Audemars Piguet
The season’s new watches are being introduced with well-deserved fanfare. But don’t discount the charms of a timeless design like the Royal Oak.
In this season of Switzerland’s Baselworld fine watch and jewellery show (April 25 to May 2), following on the heels of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva in January, many timepiece aficionados are oohing and aahing over models making their debut. But when it comes to watches, often the best designs are those that have stood the test of time.
Take, for example, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, here in an extra-thin model with stainless steel case and bracelet, and Petite Tapisserie pattern on a blue dial. The Royal Oak was the first fine watch crafted in stainless steel, evidence that true luxury can be found in craftsmanship, not just in materials.
Since 1972, designer Gérald Genta’s creation has seen subtle refinements; the calendar marker, for instance, has gone from white to blue. But the watch remains fundamentally unchanged, proving its place as not only an innovation but also an heirloom.