watches

Classic Or Avant-garde, All In Square Inches Between

I always think that watchmaking is not purely technical, but often it is the load of art. Think about the way that predecessors measured time, from the original sundial, clock, to watch, from a rock that is difficult to shake, to this small square place on the wrist, can’t help but lament human wisdom. And modern people have given watches a variety of shapes, common are round, rectangular, rare barrel type, octagon and even irregular shapes. Time brings to watchmakers infinite imagination, they paint every inspiration in every different work. When it is praised by future generations, it can be called a classic and a model. Today in this article, I will not go into details. I will present to you one of the five new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak series and Royal Oak offshore series watches. (The picture in the article comes from @Watch 之 家)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Royal Oak Offshore Watch
 I don’t know if anyone wants to say that there are more classics called ‘Classic’. But I think that only those that can stand the test, whether it is quality, or the aesthetics that are constantly changing from round to round, can be called timeless and classic as time goes by. . In 1972, Audemars Piguet introduced the first Royal Oak watch. Since then, it has become a milestone in the history of Audemars Piguet brand development.

Gene composition: octagonal bezel, hexagonal screws, integrated bracelet, ‘TAPISSERIE’ checkered decoration

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic Self-winding Watch 15500ST.OO.1220ST.01
 Stainless steel case, octagonal bezel, ‘TAPISSERIE’ checkered dial and strap integrated with the case. These designs that we take for granted now, in the 1970s, subverted the existence of tradition. In the previous history, fine watchmaking would not choose a ‘cheap’ material such as ‘steel’ as the watchmaking material, but it turns out that the stainless steel material is indeed more suitable for us to wear in daily life. Today, we can also find stainless steel watches in more fine watch brands.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic Self-winding Watch 15500ST.OO.1220ST.01
 The octagonal bezel also challenges Audemars Piguet’s tradition. Between the circle and the square, the octagon plays the line with its own characteristics. Until now, when we talk about the ‘octagonal bezel’, the first thing that comes to mind is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak series. When a brand is synonymous, no matter how hard the latecomers try, it is difficult to catch up with their predecessors.

‘TAPISSERIE’ checkered dial
 2019 is a new year for Audemars Piguet. After the launch of CODE11.59, people said that new things will one day replace old ones, and maybe its light will cover the Royal Oak series. I think that if there is one day, it shows that CODE11.59 has succeeded to a certain extent, but classics and future classics will not have the problem of who replaces them.

Integrated case strap
 The integrated strap design of the case is the same from the beginning of the Royal Oak. The new 15500 adjusts the details of the chain links on the original basis to make the links more ergonomic. Some people are busy chasing, while others are busy improving.

Octagonal case detail real shot

Audemars Piguet Calibre 4302 automatic movement
 The long storage time of up to 70 hours firstly solves the problem that often requires adjusting the time when wearing a mechanical watch in daily life. After at least a weekend, when another annoying Monday arrives, its time is still accurate.

 Beauty, beauty, emphasis on beauty

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26315OR.OO.1256OR.01
 Different from the traditional Royal Oak, this Royal Oak is different from it in terms of size, material and design. The new 15500 blue dial has a diameter of 41 mm, which can be controlled by most men. And this 38mm, 18K gold Royal Oak series looks more elegant and luxurious under the lens.

 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26315OR.OO.1256OR.01
 The design of the three auxiliary plates makes the level of the plate design elements more full. Maybe some people like the plain plate, and some people prefer the delicate layer design.

The perfect fusion of plaid and chronograph

Finely polished bracelet

 A long time ago, I took an Audemars Piguet watchmaking class. The watchmaker from Audemars Piguet taught the students how to polish a copper model in a balanced manner. Many people say that polishing is simple. Fine polishing just takes more time. Indeed, with a little more time and energy, you can have better quality. This is the secret of fine watchmaking, but many people still can’t understand it.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26315OR.OO.1256OR.01
 It is ‘spend more time’, Audemars Piguet has the status of watch table which is difficult to shake today, and it is precisely because of ‘spend a little more time’ that every Audemars Piguet work presented to us is worthy of us slowly taste.

Break through, I just want to break the rules

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Collection

 I have seen a netizen explain ‘what is offshore’ in this way. He said that ‘offshore’ means ‘leave the shore’. In a certain sense, his explanation is quite accurate. To leave the hustle and bustle of city life, you need a wrist companion who can accompany you.

·green·

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26400SO.OO.A055CA.01
 Twenty years after the launch of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Series, in 1993 Audemars Piguet launched the Royal Oak Offshore Collection. If the Royal Oak series is likened to a gentleman, then ‘Mr. Offshore’ is a tough guy full of male hormones.

Ceramic crown and bezel detail real shot

44 mm dial diameter, 14.4 mm case thickness

Strap design with camouflage elements

Camouflage strap detail
 Camouflage elements have only been used in the design of watches in recent years, but this is not the first time that Audemars Piguet has used camouflage. I remember that before this year, the brand had released a Royal Oak Offshore watch with camouflage brown dial. Officially, because the market has responded well, this year the brand launched more yuan options on camouflage elements.
·blue·

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26400SO.OO.A335CA.01
 The use of blue in watches has many different interpretations. Commercial interpretation, blue is more used in business style. Get rid of the inherent thinking, remembering that blue represents the ocean that shines in the bright sun. The deeper the sea, the darker the sea. The blue in front of you is lighter. Look down and you can see your feet. Take this blue royal oak offshore series and feel the sea breeze slowly.

Stainless steel with blue ceramic bezel, “Méga Tapisserie” oversized checkered dial, chronograph buttons and crown also made of blue ceramic

Bezel hexagonal fixing screws are also brand features

Different shades of blue to restore the color of the sea

 Many articles comment on the offshore series saying this, it is Audemars Piguet’s ‘wilderer, more unruly’ design based on the Royal Oak. But I don’t think so, I think it is a more restrained interpretation of publicity.

· Gold · Brown ·

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401RO.OO.A087CA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401RO.OO.A087CA.01
 This watch is the first of five watches that I got in my hand, because I like it so much that I can show it. How could anyone combine metal and ceramic so well? How can anyone use extroversion and restraint so freely?

Brown ceramic case and 18K gold case material, Audemars Piguet first applied brown ceramic to watches

Brown ceramic case and 18K gold case details

Crafted case side

Camouflage brown strap detail shot

Limited to 500 pieces, each back case is a work of art
 When the practical function of the watch is no longer the primary reason for us to buy it, the significance of the watch to us is more an art appreciation and beauty experience. For beauty, everyone’s standards and orientations are different. What’s great about Audemars Piguet is that it sculpts the classics of time and presents us with so many artworks.