Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 26120STSold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 26120ST
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There’s absolutely no need to leave your beloved Royal Oak at home when traveling with this amazing Dual-Time.Housed in the classic 39 mm stainless steel octagonal 39 mm ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak case, designed by the legendary Gerald Genta, the ref. 26120 features a bevy of handy complications. For the travelers and businessmen amongst us, the sub-register at the 6 o’clock position displays a handy second time zone. A smaller day/night indicator next to it ensures you’ll never mistake AM and PM anymore when calling your business partner, mother, or spouse on the other side of the world.The dual-time complication is complemented by a convenient date indication in a sub-register at 2/3 o’clock position as well as a power indicator. All of this is set against an understated black dial with Audemars Piguet’s classic ‘Grande Tappisserie’ engraved pattern and applied 18k white gold hour markers with luminescent coating. The watch, of course, comes on the iconic integrated stainless steel Royal Oak bracelet with a sturdy butterfly clasp.This 26120 has just returned from a full service at our trusted Audemars Piguet service center and is in perfect condition because of it. The watch dates back to 2010 and comes with service papers and an extract of the 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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