Celebrating Half-Century of The Iconic Royal Oak: Audemars Piguet Adorns Legendary Watch with Over 1,500 Diamonds

Celebrating Half-Century of The Iconic Royal Oak: Audemars Piguet Adorns Legendary Watch with Over 1,500 Diamonds

In 2022, Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet  was celebrating an important milestone - the 50th anniversary of their most famous and revered timepiece, the Royal Oak Watch Model.

Introduced in 1972, the AP Royal Oak was a groundbreaking watch that pioneered the luxury sports watch segment and disrupted traditional haute horlogerie design codes. Renowned watch designer Gerald Genta conceived the avant-garde, octagonal stainless steel case with exposed screws as a bold, revolutionary approach to luxury timepieces.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watch Becomes an Icon

Over the past five decades, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has cemented its status as an absolute icon in watchmaking history. It has become intrinsically tied to the identity of Audemars Piguet Watch Brand as a leading manufacturer pushing the boundaries of innovation and craftsmanship. The AP Royal Oak has also spawned an entire collection of models over the years that inherit its distinctive aesthetic DNA while offering an array of complications and materials.A Stunning Tribute for the Anniversary

A Stunning Tribute for the Anniversary

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this legendary watch in fittingly spectacular fashion, Audemars Piguet has unveiled a new interpretation of the 39mm Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra Thin resplendent with over 1,500 diamonds meticulously set on the case and bracelet. The stainless steel surface is adorned with 1,586 diamonds totaling over 10 carats. The model retains the Royal Oak's signature octagonal bezel, exposed screws, Tapisserie dial pattern, and integrated bracelet design. The crisp white gold Royal Oak hour markers provide a subtle contrast against the glittering diamonds.

Highlighting Watchmaking Prowess

Inside beats, there is the self-winding Calibre 2121 movement first introduced in 2012 for the 40th anniversary of Royal Oak Watch Collection. The open-worked 22-carat gold rotor, decorated with the AP hallmark, can be admired through the sapphire exhibition caseback. Strictly limited to 250 pieces globally, this dazzling diamond anniversary tribute embodies Audemars Piguet's uniquely audacious take on luxury and watchmaking prowess. Its brilliance shines light on the Royal Oak’s rich legacy at the pinnacle of sports watchmaking over half a century.

Get closer to the half-century Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch masterpiece collection on our website. Choose to purchase from dozens of pieces of this watch to celebrate its gorgeous history!