Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790BASold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790BA
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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 little bit more wrist presence 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 is from 18k yellow gold and has a gold 'petite tapisserie' dial. The watch has the typical octagonal bezel, angular case and integrated bracelet. The watch dates back to 1997 and runs on the Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic calibre 2125. The watch only measures 36 mm but thanks to its thickness, it still feels 'heavy' like a Jumbo. The 14790 is the perfect Royal Oak for the elegant gentleman.
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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