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Audemars Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm Rose Gold Watch Review
The Audemars Royal Oak Chronograph is a classic modern watch. An icon of the AP men’s watch it showcases unique design and powerful precision engineering. It has abundant features and a robust dial face. All with the stunning Audemars Piguet octagonal visible screw bezel. It is one of the world’s thinnest watch cases and most instantly recognizable men’s watch. It also has the singular Audemars Piguet integrated bracelet.
An Audemars Piguet watch is an iconic addition to any man’s luxury watch collection. Refined and ultimately engineered it is a pairing of aesthetics and power like no other. A self winding chronograph watch with the impeccable tappisserie dial the Audemars Royal Oak Chronograph is a stunning watch. It is unlike the vast majority of fine luxury watches. Also it set an entirely new standard and realm for the Audemars Piguet brand. The Royal Oak brought on a variety of watch collection from the makers as well. From the Royal Oak Chronograph we got the AP Offshore watch series as well. A more sportive type of look the Offshore took all of the key details we will cover here from the Royal Oak watches and turned up the athletic capabilities. When it comes to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak versus Offshore watches the differences are slim. As are the watches.
However if you look at where they both came from the general feel and spirit of the watch has changed. While the Offshore is undoubtedly a sporty and athletic watch for performance driving or diving let us say – the Royal Oak classic collection is a men’s watch for any occasion. Robust and resistant it can handle a hard core environment. However the slick look and timeless features make it an instant dress watch. The ability for this time piece to travel from a work environment to a play environment makes it a seamless transition always on piece. It can accompany you on the adventures of a life time whether those are on the range or in the board room. An experience in craftsmanship and spectacular elegance the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches are iconic. In the universe of haute horlogerie the Audemars Piguet brand carries its weight in its name.
Where are Audemars Piguet made?
The unique brand of high craftsmen watches Audemars Piguet are made exactly where you would expect them to be, Switzerland. The world’s capital of fine watchmaking Switzerland is home to the world’s finest watchmakers. With a deep history and tradition of haute horlogerie it is no wonder that the Audemars Piguet watches are made there. Further the AP timepieces not only come from Switzerland they are also crafted in one of the most important regions in the area for watch making as well.
In the Vallee de Joux the cradle of high end watch making the AP fine watches meet the world. In 1875 Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet joined their forces and expertise together to create the world renowned brand – Audemars Piguet. Both of the men came from watchmaking families. A combination of both their last names the brand has iconic looks.
The company, much like our very own Diamonds by Raymond Lee, is a family company and has remained that way throughout the centuries of its existence. The Audemars and the Piguets have not let go of the centuries of tradition and expertise. Finely designed watches these are some of the world’s best for a reason. Each one of the pieces is almost completely hand made with careful attention paid to the very last detail. We can see that not only in the incredible movements packed into one of the world’s thinnest watch cases, the Royal Oak, but also in the finer details like the signature tappiserie dial.
Further the partnerships that the Audemars Piguet brand has crafted for themselves demonstrate their level of commitment and brand identity. Recognized by the best in what they do as the best for them to wear celebrities and creators like Jay-Z, LeBron, Denzel Washington, and Djokovic sport AP watches.
How many watches does Audemars Piguet make a year?
When it comes to fine and luxury watches there is something to be said about exclusivity and fine design. When each and every single detail of the watch is taken not only into consideration but hand crafted you know there is absolute quality. Refined luxury items like an Audemars Piguet watch is made with exclusivity. There is attention poured into detail and master craftsmanship at play. For this reason when it comes to how many watches are produced in a year you would be shocked. Shocked because in a world of mass production and speed they are still one of the fine luxury brands keeping their numbers low and their tradition in quality high. There is no doubt that the exclusivity and limited number of watches made each year also play into the high value of these luxury men’s watches. They are after all not your every day man’s watch.
Overall throughout a year Audemars Piguet makes only 40,000 watches. When you then compare that to other fine luxury brands like Rolex you realize how small a number that actually is. Rolex makes approximately 700,000 watches a year in total. That is more than 15 times as many fine watches as Audemars Piguet. So when it comes to signature watches like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Rolex Submariner you can gauge how many are out there. The exclusivity and limited range drive up the coveted watch’s value as well. An industrial range of watch making Audemars Piguet the watches are crafted carefully. Finished to perfection they are innovative luxury sport watches.
Is Audemars Piguet better than Rolex?
When it comes to comparing the two companies head to head there is not really a sure answer. That is because both of the brands have set out to accomplish different things. First and foremost the limited range of watches Audemars Piguet makes a year versus Rolex. That is a unique situation particularly affected by the vast number of collections that the Rolex brand creates. Meanwhile Audemars Piguet is not as widely distributed in terms of their focus.
Further the Audemars Piguet intention is clear when it comes to ground breaking innovative and radically modern designs. In a niche small cluster industry like fine luxury watch making they disrupt the norm. Whether that is with the exposed screws in their designs, the fantastic materials that they craft into unique cases or the powerful octagonal bezel that is instantly recognizable. Audemars Piguet is a brand that sure knows how to make a splash.
That requires the additional effort and design capacities that a company like Rolex with their iconic traditional looks do not set out to achieve. Rolex has their very own foundry and has remastered designs that come from far back in history. That is another reason. However most importantly is the fact that the world renowned brands are also catering to a group of refined tastes. When it comes to watch collectors both Rolex and Audemars Piguet are signature pieces to have. Adding to that they each bring their own unique and special reasons for a true appreciation in watch making capabilities.
Finally showcasing our very own collection’s piece from Audemars Piguet we have the classic and iconic Royal Oak Chronograph watch. It is a 41 millimeter powerful automatic time piece. Crafted in rose gold with a black tappiserie waffle dial – a true savoir faire of Audemars Piguet. The Royal Oak watch collection was launched in the 1970s at a groundbreaking Baselworld event.
The striking bezel, accent screws and integrated bracelet showcased power and strength. Meanwhile the hand finish polish gave it a formal dress watch look. Inside the Royal Oak was and continues to be all sport.
Inside the Audemars Royal Oak
The caliber movements as always is a showcase of extraordinary talent and skill. Handcrafted strokes are assembled into the miniscule space provided by the thin sleek case. A perfect hybrid of fine dress watch and impeccable sportive spirit is shook up the watch making world. It has a unique power, precision and impeccable design that are instantly recognizable still today.
The pioneering spirit of the brand is alive in this highly meticulous watch. Directly in the incredibly thin case down to the integrated fine metal bracelet. The flagship octagonal bezel with visible accent screws, and the lugs are all crafted down to the very last millimeter for ultimate fit and comfort.
Black Audemars Piguet Tappiserie “waffled” dial
A main feature of the Royal Oak Audemars Piguet watches is the tapisserie dial. This textured waffle like pattern on the dial gives a distinctive feel to the watches. The dial and its iconic motif are a piece of artistry. They shape each component delicately.
It takes approximately 7 hours to prepare the dial with expert know how. Further there are an incredible 12 stages involved in getting the guilloché pattern perfectly precise. The signature dial is complex and intricate with a 0.49 millimeter squared surface for each petite tapisserie square. Regardless of whether it is for a large or small dial the process is the same and dedicated craftsmen perfect them.
Integrated rose gold AP bracelet
The original rose gold integrated bracelet on this Royal Oak is part of the iconic watch’s signature look. It speaks to the sleek and slim design. As well as comfort fit. Wearability on a sports luxury watch is crucial. That is why each link on the brick style classic AP Royal Oak gold bracelet is finely polished. The integrated aesthetic is smooth and modern. It has flat rectangular links. There are two attachments holding each link. These are all polished flat. A gorgeous high shine it is instantly recognizable.
You can wear the bracelet for long hours. Including for sports. It has a high resistance. Yet it is comfortable. Each link is perfectly tight to the next. Meaning it does not pinch your skin.
Where to buy Audemars Royal Oak watches?
When looking to buy an exquisite luxury watch we suggest going where you trust. We have been in the fine watch and luxury jewelry sale, purchase and maintenance industry for the past three decades. Over these last thirty years we learned a lot but most of all we have built up wonderful relationships with our esteemed clients. With refined tastes they push us to consistently bring superior service and the latest in ultimate luxury accessories. There is something about an exclusive beyond cool men’s watch that just makes us love what we do. It is why we continue to invest our time to hone in on this expertise. Our family plans to continue our journey into luxury watches for the next three decades to come as well.
Are you interested in buying the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak rose gold 41 millimeter watch in this article? Contact us online, through social media (linked below), give us a call at (561) 623-8205, or just drop by one of our stores. One of our watch experts will love to walk you through any questions about this unique piece. Also if you are interested in trying the watch on for yourself we can schedule a time for you to come by one of our expertly designed show rooms.
After all there is no better way to know what watch is the perfect one for your collection than to try it on your wrist. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the Royal Oak watch and if there are other watches you would like us to review or a set you want to compare. Whether it is a classic look like the Royal Oak or a more modern style like the Offshore, we have them here ready for you.
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