Audemars Piguet Day-Date 5587BC 'Khanjar'
Ever so often, even we came across a watch that makes us go: what the actual fuck.
Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.
Ever so often, even we came across a watch that makes us go: what the actual fuck..?Audemars Piguet is a company of extremes: the producer of ultra classic dress watches as well as bombastic luxury sports models like the Royal Oak. This ref. 5587 was certainly intended as part of the former category with its classic size (34 mm), fine material (18k white gold), and dressy complication (a day and date function displayed on two subdials). Yet, the execution is uncharacteristically flashy.We’ve seen watches with integrated bracelets before. Hell, Audemars Piguet is practically synonymous with integrated bracelets due to its association with the Royal Oak. But this baby takes the term ‘integrated’ one step further. The watch is, in fact, produced from one long piece of chunky woven 18k white gold. As a result, it’s unclear where the bracelet ends and the watch begins. It’s truly a beautiful example of organic design.The flashy look of the watch is carefully balanced by the classic and understated dial. The beautiful deep blue background accentuates the white printing in the two sub-dials at the 3 and 9 o’clock position that display the day and date functions. Long and thin applied 18k white gold markers and matching thin 18k white gold sword hands further underscore the dressy nature of the watch.So, who ordered this flashy dress watch? The answer can be found on the caseback, which reveals a red stamped Khanjar crest, the emblem of the Omani royal family.The ultra-thin automatic caliber is excellent running condition and the watch comes with the original Audemars Piguet papers and instruction booklet.
Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Audemars Piguet has a storied history of producing high-complication watches. It all started in 1875, when Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded the company in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, Le Brassus, Switzerland. This pure, rough and wild landscape, with deep, dark forests, ice-cold waters and the omnipresence of rocks and hills, provided inspiration and raw materials for the Swiss watch manufacture to develop the finest watches. Since its inception, Audemars Piguet has specialized in rare, valuable and highly-complicated watches like perpetual calendars, chronographs and chiming watches. Nowadays, the main emphasis of Audemars Piguet lies on the iconic Royal Oak line.