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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15097OR 'Nick Faldo'
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Usually we don’t care much for limited editions, but this limited Royal Oak in honor of golfing legend Nick Faldo is a hole in one.Coinciding with the Royal Oak’s 25th birthday in 1997, Audemars Piguet released a limited edition of 325 pieces in rose gold to honor golfing legend Nick Faldo. The big difference between this ref. 15097OR and the classic ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak is the smaller size and the unique dial configuration.The watch of course features the iconic octagonal case and integrated bracelet designed by Gerald Genta and executed in 18k rose gold. However, measuring in at 36 mm, this mid-size execution also looks good worn by men and women with smaller wrists.The second noticeable feature on this limited edition watch is the unique dial variation. The silver dial is executed in sector style, featuring two concentric circles. The larger outer circle features a radial brushed pattern, applied 18k rose gold hour markers and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The inner circle, on the other hand, features Audemars Piguet’s well-known ‘Petite Tappisserie’ engraved pattern found on most other Royal Oak’s.This 15097OR is in like new condition and comes with an extract of the Audemars Piguet archives.
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 emphasis of Audemars Piguet lies on the iconic Royal Oak line.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 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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