Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790ST 'Mid Size'

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Because of the 'Jumbo size' of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402, and the thinness of the reference 4100, Audemars Piguet felt the need to launch a Royal Oak at a more wearable size than the 5402 with a thicker case than the 4100. Hence, during the '80s, the reference 14790 was introduced. Thanks to its popularity, the 14790 came in a wide variety of configurations. The example we have on offer has a dark-blue 'petite tapisserie' dial and long markers. In our opinion, this is definitely the coolest configuration of this reference. The watch has the typical stainless steel, octagonal bezel, case and stainless steel integrated bracelet. The watch dates back to 1999 as is shown on the Extract from the Archives. The watch runs on the Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic calibre 2225. The watch only measures 36 mm but thanks to its thickness, it maintains great wrist presence and still feels 'heavy' like a Jumbo. The 14790 is the perfect Royal Oak for the elegant gentleman.

Introduction

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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Packages are generally dispatched within 2 days after receipt of payment and are shipped within the Netherlands by Registered Mail through the Dutch carrier PostNL and for other countries by Fedex. Consult us if you prefer another method of shipping. For most destinations tracking is available.