The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak does not really need an introduction. Immediately recognizable thanks to its inimitable octagonal bezel, the name itself is known even by non-watch collectors. It is the perfect casual-chic wristwatch with a dash of bad boy rakishness .
Since its launch in 1972, the Royal Oak underwent different design changes and received added complications, however all the early iterations had one thing in common, other than their name: they featured outsourced movements.
In the early 2000s, Audemars Piguet introduced the present reference 15300, a Royal Oak housing an in-house movement, caliber 3120, for the very first time. This new automatic movement was a superbly conceived and well-executed caliber with numerous novel features including a sixty-hour power reserve relying on only one barrel, a Gyromax balance held in place via a bridge and not a cock and a date mechanism equipped with a safety system preventing the date disk from blocking if the owner tries to manually reset the date at midnight.
Now discontinued, the reference 15300 is considered by many as the quintessential modern Royal Oak, having found the perfect equilibrium between iconic design and modern mechanics.
The present Royal Oak is in superb condition and comes complete with all box and papers. Furthermore, and this will entice fans of this model, it comes with a plethora of accessories, including a pair of Royal Oak steel and carbon cufflinks, a fountain pen that takes the shape of the Royal Oak bezel and adorned with the dial’s signature “tapisserie” motif as well as an earlier brass Royal Oak quartz table clock.
Swiss • 1881
A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. This Le Brassus-based Swiss manufacturer is one of only two major manufacturers still owned by the founding family. Since its earliest days, AP is considered a leader in the field of minute repeaters and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand is devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcased at their superb museum in Le Brassus.
Today, the brand is best known for its Royal Oak models, a revolutionary luxury sports watch launched in 1972. Other key models include early minute repeating wristwatches, vintage chronograph wristwatches, such as the oversized reference 5020, perpetual calendar watches and the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993.