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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790 'Tropical'
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In the 1980s, Audemars Piguet launched a new Royal Oak at a more wearable size than the original, ref. 5402 ‘Jumbo’ and a little more wrist presence than the 34.5mm ref. 4100. This 14970 was sold by the famous Wempe boutique in 1995. At 36 mm this mid-size Royal Oak is more wearable than the ‘Jumbo’, but due to its 8mm thickness it still has a nice wrist presence. The ‘petite tapisserie’ dial has faded to a charming tropical brown color. The watch has just returned from a full service at Audemars Piguet, ensuring that the Jaeger-Lecoultre-designed automatic calibre 2125 is in perfect running condition. The case and integrated bracelet are in equally perfect condition due to a factory laser polish treatment. Finally, this watch comes as a complete set with the original box and papers plus service papers dating to July 2020.
Audemars Piguet Royal OakIn 1970, Audemars Piguet instructed Genta to come up with an unprecedented steel watch. As the story goes, he found inspiration whilst seeing a diver at work with an old-fashioned diver’s helmet near Lake Geneva. Staying up all night, Genta drew the design for a circular case with an angular, octagonal bezel, eight visible screws, and an integrated bracelet. The Royal Oak was presented in 1972 as the most expensive steel watch available and it caused an uproar: why was a distinguished maison d’horlogerie putting out a sports watch, let alone in such a pedestrian material? Some experts even predicted that the Royal Oak would put Audemars Piguet out of business. Though it took a while to catch on, the Royal Oak is now one of the most iconic and long-lasting watch designs and has spawned an entire product line. It wouldn’t be the first time that Genta would prove a brand’s owners, customers, and industry experts wrong.
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