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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15450
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Have you always wanted to rock a Royal Oak were it not for its large dimensions? The modestly-sized reference 15450 is a wonderful modern alternative to the Jumbo Royal Oak.Audemars Piguet introduced the reference 15450 Royal Oak in 2012 as the latest model in a long and distinguished line of mid-size Royal Oaks. Measuring in at 37 mm, it’s the perfect size for those looking for a modern and slightly smaller alternative to the ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak. Don’t be fooled by its dimensions though. It wears quite a bit larger thanks to the Royal Oak’s iconic angular case design.This 15450 dates back to 2016 and features a silvery-white dial with Audemars Piguet’s iconic ‘grande tapisserie’ pattern and long applied 18k white-gold hour markers. The stainless steel case, octagonal bezel, and integrated bracelet are in great condition, showing only light signs of wear. A sapphire case back yields a sneak peak at the ornately decorated 21k yellow-gold rotor.The watch comes as a full set with the original box and papers.
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.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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