Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 6014/477

There was a time when watchmakers would take their most popular models and rework them into uncommon shapes and sizes.

Museum Piece
Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.

Introduction

There was a time when watchmakers would take their most popular models and rework them into uncommon shapes and sizes. This funky Royal Oak hybrid with an all-over factory-diamond setting is the perfect example.The Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak is one of the most iconic watches ever made. Its octagonal case and integrated bracelet have inspired countless designs from other brands. Yet, Audemars Piguet has produced some interesting Royal Oak branded spin offs as well. The coolest are the ones that take the timeless octagonal shape and stretch it into a rectangular variety. These models were made by Audemars Piguet in the 1970s and 1980s and came in various sizes and case materials.This ref. 6014/477 features an 18k white-gold case, measuring 32.5 x 35.5 mm, with polished ‘hinges’ on the side, as well as an 18k white-gold octagonal bezel that is surrounded by factory-set brilliant cut diamonds. The case attaches to Gerald Genta’s famous integrated Royal Oak bracelet, also executed in 18k white gold. Each link on the bracelet contains a horizontal groove that is factory-set with diamonds as well. The blue sunburst dial features factory-set diamond indices and an 18k white-gold applied AP logo at the 12 o’clock position.The watch runs on a unique Audemars Piguet quartz movement with an ingenious mechanism to set the time. The minute hand can be adjusted by pressing down on a hidden button in the centre of the crown with a wooden toothpick. When the button is engaged, the minute hand sweeps forward until the button is released when the hand reaches the correct position. The hour hand can then be adjusted by pulling out the crown and twisting it to the approximate hour position. When the crown is pushed back in, the hour hand automatically jumps to the accurate position relative to the minute hand!The watch comes as a full set with the original box and papers that indicate that the watch was sold in the 1980s for a whopping 84,000 Deutsche Mark. You’re unlikely to find another example of this ultra-rare and forward looking cousin of the Royal Oak anytime soon!

Description

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.