Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25960BC

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Any self-respecting watch manufacture needs a classic chronograph in its line up. Audemars Piguet thought just that when it introduced the impressive Royal Oak Chronograph in 1998.The ref. 25960, released in 1998, added a chronograph complication to the classic 39 mm ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak case. While this 25960BC may look like steel to the undiscerning eye, the case and bracelet are crafted from 18k white-gold and it’s noticeable as soon as you feel the heft on your wrist.This specimen dates back to 2000. The watch sports Audemars Piguet’s classic ‘Grande Tappisserie’ dial in a lovely silvery white tone. The three recessed chronograph counters feature an attractive Art Deco sector-dial style, while a discrete aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock position provides a handy date function.The 18k white-gold case and integrated bracelet are in practically mint condition. The watch comes with an extract from the Audemars Piguet archives.

Introduction

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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