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Audemars Piguet Releases 5 ‘NEW’ Tourbillon Watches

September 22nd, 2022

Achieving limits and setting new ones has become a staple for the watchmakers at Audemars Piguet. Just when everyone was trying to settle down with the complicated watches, they dropped five more models with new horological stuff! And, it’s nothing like the usual, but like highly complicated watches with tourbillons, chronographs, calendars, and GMTs. Any guesses about which collection AP chose to experiment and innovate?

Picking the Royal Oak and Code 11.59 catalogue, Audemars Piguet has embarked on building a new territory of highly complex timepieces.  that highlight the endless creative possibility of the brand. The watches embrace contemporary and stylish ceramic designs as watchmakers merge age-old caricatures with cutting-edge technology to amaze them.

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Take a breath as we dive in to explore the brand’s uncompromising approach toward fine watchmaking.

5 ‘FRESH’ MODELS DROPPED BY AUDEMARS PIGUET

1. Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

The moment you look at it, you realise that AP couldn’t have done any better with the CODE 11.59 collection. After its debut in 2019, this is perhaps the coolest iteration of the collection, where you can see a highly sophisticated flying tourbillon balanced perfectly with an understated dial and case.

How it looks:

The Ref. 26396NB.OO.D002KB.01 encompasses a two-tone case combining black ceramic with 18ct white gold. The black lacquered inner bezel has a fine printed pink gold-toned minute track styling it.

The new timepiece has a chic dial of black onyx enhanced with subtle pink gold accents and hands. What caters to the eye is the absence of the conventional hour markers. To play with the elegance, the manufacturer has created a contemporary double curved sapphire crystal whose deep and arched profile gives a unique optic experience. While the watch is internally domed, it appears vertical from 6 to 12 o’clock.

Right at the top of the dial face, you could see the pink gold ‘Audemars Piguet’ signature engraved with a laser cut. This, alongside the tourbillon case showcasing the pulsating balance wheel, makes a statement in itself. The black rubber-coated strap with an 18ct white gold clasp effortlessly pulls off the complete look while sitting comfortably on the wrists. The watch offers a power reserve of 65 hours and is run by an automatic Calibre 2950.

2. Code 11.59 Self-Winding Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet brings back the classic alliance of gold and ceramic theme with the Ref. 26399NR.OO.D002KB.01. The watch sports a beautiful black ceramic and pink gold automatic chronograph with a tourbillon.

How it looks:

The two-tone case of 41mm interlaces black ceramic with 18ct pink gold and allows the viewer to fully admire the architectural movement in pink gold and black-toned hues. The skeletonised dial is a visual wonder in itself. There is a black outer-minute track, a tourbillon at 6 o’clock, and a dual-register chronograph with 12-hour and 30-minute totalisers finely complementing it.

The watch houses an automatic Calibre 2952 with 40 jewels and 479 other components that collectively look like a thing of stunning beauty while boasting flyback functionality and a pink gold oscillating weight. If this wasn’t enough, the contrasting white gold hands rightfully maintain the harmony.

Outlining the case are pink gold push-pieces and a crown that truthfully serves the purpose. The black rubber-coated strap with an 18ct pink gold clasp gives the final nod to this epic chronograph. Available in a limited count of only 50 pieces, this new AP model is definitely going to face some crazy run.

3. Code 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked

Do you prefer something a little more inventive and experimental in the tourbillons? Well, the new Flying Tourbillon Openworked by AP will to cater to your taste with its stunning bright blue and white gold case housing an amazing hand-wound skeletonised movement.

How it looks:

Cool or hot? The Ref. 26600NB.OO.D346KB.01 features a 41mm case combining blue ceramic with 18ct white gold. It has a blue ceramic mid-case, a blue minute track, and a blue rubber-coated strap lined with calfskin leather that gives the watch a cool appearance.

However, what steals the show is the Calibre 2948, showcasing blue open-worked bridges, 196 elements, and the main dial plate, which remains visible on both sides and echoes AP’s astonishing craftsmanship. The dial has a blue CVD inner bezel with 18ct pink gold hands, which stands out amidst the blue & white combination.

Limited to just 50 timepieces, this new timepiece shows off what it means to embody an architecture that is nothing less than a piece of groundbreaking art.

4. Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin 50th Anniversary (Rd#3)

Audemars Piguet celebrates Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary with this celebratory timepiece Ref. 26660ST.OO.1356ST.01 that visibly asserts AP’s iconic status. The new offering will take the revolutionary Royal Oak to new limits.

How it looks:

The 50th-anniversary celebration gets better with the first-ever AP Royal Oak self-winding flying tourbillon featuring a 37mm extra-thin ‘Jumbo’ case. The challenge was to fit the new ultra-thin Calibre 2968 in the Jumbo case without modifying the proportions. AP impressively pushed the envelope with this model.

The 37mm stainless steel model embodies the brand’s first-ever self-winding flying tourbillon in a 37mm case diameter. Additionally, it flaunts a new Plum Petite Tapisserie dial with a creative escapement mechanism. There are contrasting white gold applied hour markers and hands, which, along with the stainless steel bracelet, will appeal to anybody.

The new sizing and dial colour make it evident that this fantastic timepiece blends meticulous aesthetics with  brilliant technicalities. Rest assured that the watches will go off the shelf very soon!

5. Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT

In 2021, AP collaborated with Marvel to design the Black Panther edition of the tourbillon timepiece. Now, it is out with another super heroic model, the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT that only AP dares to pull off!

How it looks:

The Ref 26589IO.OO.D056CA.01 features a classic green ceramic bezel, a green rubber strap, a green ceramic push piece and a screw-locked crown. All these features subtly qualifies it as Royal Oak Concept’s Superhero watch. The watch has a 44mm sandblasted titanium case with a green ceramic bezel, the first in the catalogue.

The fine contrast between the black architectural movement and the featuring green CVD-coloured elements offers a stunning sight. The dial has a highly faceted design where the black hand-wound Calibre 2954 provides a tourbillon, GMT complication, a function selector, and a 10-day power reserve.

Additionally, there’s a second-time zone indicator at 3 o’clock, a crown position indicator at 6 o’clock, a black inner bezel, and contrasting pink gold hands. We won’t be surprised if you consider it a futuristic military watch. The Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon GMT is indeed a masterwork of complications that looks contemporary and ahead of time.

FINAL WORD

Audemars Piguet rightfully bears the title of designing the best-complicated timepieces in the world. The watches are not mere timekeeping tools but classic art pieces that deserve appreciation and respect. It’s not the first time the brand has left enthusiasts spellbound with its charismatic watchmaking abilities. However, it sure does go a few extra steps with the fresh lot.

The 5 new references from the Royal Oak and Code 11.59 collection have already stirred a storm in the watch fraternity. So, it’s only a matter of time before the watches are no longer available for you to get a glimpse. Good luck!

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Latest Collections of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

July 7th, 2022

1. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Ref. 16202

The Ref. 16202 takes over the beloved reference 15202, which for the first time replaces Calibre 2121 for Calibre 7121. There are four models in 18ct pink gold, yellow gold, stainless steel and platinum. You get two new smoked Petite Taipisserie dials for the yellow gold and pink gold models.

2. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Openwork Ref. 16204

The new Ref. 16204 houses the new Calibre 7124 and is available in 18ct pink gold or stainless steel. It is the openwork version of the extra-thin movement, Calibre 7121 powering the Ref. 16202. The watches have a cutting-edge look, with the openwork architecture amplifying its appeal.

3. Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Ref. 26730

The new 41mm Ref. 26730 is available in 18ct pink gold, titanium and stainless steel. The models house Calibre 2950, AP’s latest generation self-winding movement, combining a flying tourbillon and a central rotor. Moreover, the cases and bracelets have wider bevels.

4. Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Open-Worked Ref. 26735

AP just released the Calibre 2950, and you can already see the openwork version with the new41mm stainless steel Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Ref. 26735. The watch runs with Calibre 2972, which remains visible, offering a stunning monochromatic view. It’s a total visual delight!

5. Royal Oak Self-Winding Ref. 15550

AP introduces 11 models featuring a second and date movement, the Calibre 5900, and a self-winding hour. This new mechanism ensures a higher frequency and guarantees self-sufficiency of around 60 hours. Buyers can splurge on various dial colours along with diamond stud bezels.

6. Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26240

The new 41mm Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph houses the Calibre 4401, first seen in the 2021 Gold variants. This in-house chronograph facilitates an instant date-change mechanism along with the flyback function. The watch makes its mark as the first Chronograph in stainless steel.

7. Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26715

Another new introduction is the 38mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26715 in a stainless steel case with a Grande Tapisserie dial boasting the iconic ‘Bleu Nuit Nuage 50’ hue. The watches maintain the old Calibre 2385, and are available in other dial colours like grey, silver, cool light blue, black and even khaki green.

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Also Read: Audemars Piguet Launches A Hot New Black Royal Oak With Iridescent Dial

Audemars Piguet Launches A Hot New Black Royal Oak With Iridescent Dial

June 3rd, 2022

Just when everyone was starting to settle happily with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding model thinking it couldn’t get any better or hotter, the legendary Swiss company hits back with a stunning new design! To celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary, AP joined hands with the famous jewellery designer Carolina Bucci to create a unique timepiece. The watch finely blends Bucci’s effortless elegance with AP’s grandeur to design a genderless Royal Oak.

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Few Steps Into The History

In 1972, Audemars Piguet requested Gerald Genta to design a watch to save the brand’s bankruptcy status. The later quickly came out with a revolutionary watch design overnight, ‘The Royal Oak’. The Genta-designed timepiece changed the watch industry forever and also created a new wristwatch lineage. This innovation inspired other brands to include at least one ‘lavish sports’ watch in their catalogue.

Over the years, AP has released several notable collections. But the Royal Oak continues to be the brand’s most sought-after release. After years, the Swiss legend celebrates the golden anniversary of the significant watch with a hot new release.

AP’s Collaboration With Carolina Bucci

Carolina Bucci, the famous jewellery designer, integrates sophisticated touches to the celebratory Royal Oak. The result is something beyond what AP could ever imagine. It’s a beautiful concoction of colours that appears black from afar but is iridescent when you look closer.

Italian jeweller Bucci is not a new inclusion into the AP family. She has already designed two watches and one jewellery collection for the brand. However, things didn’t just happen overnight. In 2016, AP CEO François-Henry Bennahmias challenged Bucci to redesign the Royal Oak 40th anniversary women’s collection.

Over lunch, Bennahmias saw Bucci wearing a 1980s men’s Royal Oak timepiece. He asked her why she wasn’t wearing any from the women’s collection. The designer said that none of the women’s models worked for her. It was then that Bennahmias urged her to go ahead and create something that she would like to wear.

The partnership of the famous watchmaker and the jeweller resulted in the best designs. But like every good thing that comes with perseverance, this collaboration was not without problems too. For Bucci, her creative process starts with a fully finalised watch image in her head. On the other hand, the AP technicians work to bring the ultimate precision to every design.

A few examples of AP & Bucci’s successful partnership include:

  • The Frosted Gold timepiece with the hammered Florentine finish on the bezel and the bracelet
  • The 2018 Carolina Bucci Limited Edition. The designer wanted a mirrored dial without the tapisserie pattern.

Each new step proved successful, making the collaboration stronger than before.

Latest Audemars Piguet Royal Oak With Iridescent Dial

The latest Limited Edition Royal Oak serves the perfect ‘Bucci’ dose with a 34mm case and black ceramic dial. The dial changes its colour depending on the light, but the movement reveals a multi-coloured rainbow design. Creating the iridescent dial pattern involves micro-structuring the top of the dial’s brass plate. There’s a golden metallic treatment done on the back of the sapphire plate that further creates a mirror-like effect. The result is a gorgeous AP timepiece that deserves all the applause. It also proves that a simple change in the dial’s colour can revolutionise the entire look!

Bucci finds beauty in the simplest yet unexpected places, which she fantastically tries to portray in her creativity. She has played well with colours and prefers to use ‘Iridescent’ instead of ‘Rainbow’ for a more urban context.

The play of all-black and multiple colours creates a mystical illusion. However, the process is laborious, and AP rejected numerous dial prototypes before finally settling with this hot beauty. The watch has a universal and unisex appeal. And Bucci emphasises that the design of the AP timepiece is an extension of the whole womanhood.

FINAL REMARK

The Limited Edition Royal Oak in black ceramic and the iridescent dial perfectly represents the model’s 50th anniversary. Also, no one better than Carolina Bucci could have given it the surprising touch! It uses various masculine and sporty features while staying innovative through techniques and materials, giving it a fine contemporary feel. The colourful, multi-dimensional dial is the best way to bring together the past, present, and future!

The all-black Royal Oak version is already seeing a crashing demand in the secondary market, with the prices doubling! If in case, you get hold of one, selling AP watches will definitely fetch you a mind-boggling price. Available in only 300 pieces, the new Carolina Bucci Edition is a colourful masterpiece available in AP boutiques and houses.

Also Read: 5 of the Best Audemars Piguet Watches for Avid Watch Collectors

Exclusive Guide To Buying Audemars Piguet In 2022

April 20th, 2022

Some brands have well-marked their territory in the buyer’s mind whenever you think of buying a luxury watch. One of them is Audemars Piguet. The company is most popular for creating innovative, exquisite and highly functional mechanical watches that make them highly desirable in the world of luxury watches. However, many still fail to recognise the exclusivity of the AP watches. Hence, it is time to end the speculation once and for all.

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If you’re looking to invest in Audemars Piguet in 2022, this blog is your ultimate guide as we plan to answer some of the most asked questions to make your buying process relatively easy.

FYI: AP watches are at an all-time high demand in the market, and investing in any of the popular models will fetch you a high value when you sell AP watches.

So, before it gets too late, let’s start with the basics.

Brief History of Audemars Piguet Watches

Making its debut in 1875, Audemars Piguet is known as one of the top luxury watch brands, with its headquarters in Switzerland. It is an independent and family-owned business that came into existence when two young watchmakers, Edward Auguste Piguet and Jules Louis Audemars, collaborated to demonstrate the very best of chronograph and astronomical complications.

Traditional and unconventional are the two terms that intertwine to make the AP watches desirable and unique. Together, they have curated some of the best timepieces globally, including the ultra-thin automatic tourbillon in 1986. Moreover, they were the ones to create the first automatic ‘Grande Complication’ in 1995. They recently created the first watch piece with a carbon movement and carbon case in 2007.

The biggest achievement in the history of Audemars Piguet is –The Royal Oak, which came out in 1972. The watch had a unique design with exposed screws and a classic Octagonal design. The popularity of the Royal Oak changed the market for AP forever. If you look at today’s Audemars Piguet watch price, you’ll be stunned by the value. The value of Audemars Piguet is skyrocketing in the watch world, with each timepiece sold at an exceptional price in the secondary market.

This begs the question, ‘why’ and ‘what’ makes the Audemars Piguet watches so prestigious and unique?

5 Unknown Facts about AP Watches That Make Them So Worthwhile

1. Expensive Production Process

Making a luxury timepiece is way more challenging than you could possibly think of. The team at Audemars Piguet would spend hours and days solving a problem. In a world driven by computers and technology, the skilled artisans at AP do it with bare hands to give each AP timepiece that special touch.

The movement of each watch not just involves a lot of time but also millions and billions. The brand uses only high-quality materials to manufacture the watches with careful manual attention. A typical AP watch can take a few days to months, and even years to produce. So, it is only obvious if the Audemars Piguet price is high in the market.

2. Premium Quality Materials

It is not only the patterns, designs, and complications that make the AP watches stand out in the crowd. The manufacturer uses the best quality materials and high-end techniques to curate each timepiece, reflecting the AP watch price.

For instance, they use black ceramic instead of stainless steel, use white gold screws to attest finesse, and employ machine and hand-made tactics to attain the best finish.

3. Fewer Production Count

The cost of an item disrupts when a company manufactures thousands or millions of it. However, that is not the case with Audemars Piguet, where the brand only produces a small number of watches, further adding to its exclusivity.

4. Expensive Movements

Audemars Piguet watches have complicated movements that can cost thousands of dollars. This is why AP creates watches in limited quantities only to meet the requirements or needs of a selected group of wealthy customers.

5. Innovation at its Peak!

Over the years, Audemars Piguet has always made it a point to keep the collectors and buyers on their toes with their long list of innovative designs. For instance, AP launched the first skeleton watch that gives a glimpse of the watch’s inside through a looking glass. The brand’s commitment to innovation drives its reputation amongst buyers and enthusiasts alike.

Is AP worth the price?

AP watches have always been associated with rich, powerful and famous personalities as the brand exudes exclusivity, tradition, and expertise. The price bracket for a typical Audemars Piguet watch can indeed be quite high, leading to many people questioning whether or not it is worth the price. But, given the above points, it is only obvious if the Audemars Piguet watch price is high. Also, there are times when people want to purchase the brand just for its name’s sake.

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What Are The Various AP Watch Variations?

If you’re looking to purchase an Audemars Piguet, we must well inform you about all the collections and variations to make a wise decision. AP sells its most popular Royal Oak models for both men and women, with the most common models in 33mm, 41mm and 44mm.

Top 7 Audemars Piguet Watch Collections

  • Classic Royal Oak

The Classic Royal Oak AP timepiece features the brand’s traditional octagonal bezel with exposed screws, an octagonal crown on the right, a date display at 3 o’clock and index dial markers. You can get the model in various materials, including stainless steel, which is the most challenging to find. Alternatively, you can also opt for white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, platinum, titanium, and ceramic options. The AP watch royal oak self-winding price varies depending on the material.

  • Royal Oak Chronograph

Opt for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph if you want an easily recognisable chronograph. In addition to the crown on the right side, the watch features two other buttons placed above and below it. It is most similar to a stopwatch but exudes greater elegance. The dial flaunts three sub-dials with the date display between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.

  • Royal Oak ‘Skeleton’

Audemars Piguet is a brand that masters the art of complicated watchmaking, and the AP Openwork Skeleton gives a clear idea of that. The AP skeleton watches allow seeing the delicate inner workings. Therefore, if you wish to check out the brand’s technical supremacy, this surely makes a great choice in AP!

  • Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

Displaying the date and day is one of the most common features of almost all modern luxury watches. But as AP likes to take things a little bit further, the Perpetual Calendar model proudly flaunts the date, day, month, and moon phase in a beautiful pattern. Additionally, an outer ring offers the week display and 52 dial markers that indicate the current week of the year. Not just that, the date display also highlights the leap year. You can avail of the AP Perpetual Calendar models in various materials, including rose gold, stainless steel, ceramic and yellow gold.

  • Tourbillon AP Watches

A tourbillon is a mechanical complication that AP initially created to improve the accuracy of the pocket timepieces. It is mostly found in high-end luxury watches and uses a rotating cage to mount the balance and escapement wheel safely. Even though the need for a tourbillon has lessened, the model still enjoys much attention in the luxury watch market.

  • Royal Oak Offshore

Coming out in 1992, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore marked the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak catalogue. Since then, the watches have become one of the most desirable in the entire AP lineup. The Royal Oak Offshore collection models flaunt some of the brands’ key features like the octagonal shape but are far more bulky and sporty at the core. You can also benefit from the watch’s stopwatch functionality.

  • Audemars Piguet 11.59

So far, we have suggested AP models with a masculine look and feel. The Audemars Piguet 11.59 collection sports a series of classic dress watches that flaunt a more unconventional appearance. You can break free from the usual restrictive design and opt for the 11.59 collection that exhibits minimalist features, including date display windows, tourbillon, chronograph and even open-worked designs.

Which AP Model To Buy First?

With so many design options, it is obvious to feel intimidated to choosing one. We suggest getting an entry into the world of AP with The Royal Oak. Not that it is less expensive, but every brand has to start somewhere, isn’t it?

Royal Oak Selfwinding 34mm Ref. 77350ST.OO.1261ST.01

The 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Ceramic watch makes for a dynamic fashion statement and is one of the best watches to start your journey into the world of Audemars Piguet. The Ref. 77350ST.OO.1261ST.01 is a new addition to the Royal Oak catalogue and comes in four variations. This includes two variations with diamond-set bezels, a ceramic version with gold accents and two-tone models.

The stainless steel case and the Grande Tapisserie dial look great. Under the roof, the watch has a Calibre 5800 movement, and the dial displays the minutes, hours, seconds and date. It has a power reserve of 50 hours, and even though the would-be masculine buyers might want to call it a women’s timepiece, the hype market doesn’t cater to that!

These watches are pure, date and time models made in stainless steel that command attention and have long waiting lists. It even holds great value over time. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned collector, the AP Royal Oak collection has something for all!

Do you want to explore the other top Audemars Piguet models for 2022? Well, we have a list for that too!

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Best AP Watches To Look For In 2022

To mark Audemars Piguet’s 50th Anniversary, the brand has unveiled a series of new models in 2022, which should definitely be on your wish list if you intend to purchase one this year. Although the watches mostly retain the aesthetics of the original Royal Oak collection, you can spot significant changes in the watch design, bevels, case back, and also the bracelet design.

Audemars Piguet 2022 Collection

1. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Ref. 16202

Coming out as the much-beloved Ref. 15202’s sibling, the Ref. 16202 introduces the Calibre 7121 on the original Royal Oak. You can avail of the 16202 models in four variants: yellow gold, platinum, steel and pink gold.

2. Royal Oak Selfwinding Tourbillon Ref. 26730

The three 41mm models are available in 18ct pink gold, steel and titanium, each equipped with the Calibre 2950. This is the brand’s latest self-winding movement that combines a flying tourbillon with a central rotor.

3. Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Openworked Ref. 16204

Coming in a 39mm case, the new Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Openworked model with Ref. 16204 is a visual delight available in either 18ct pink gold or stainless steel. The watch is run by the Calibre 7121, which also powers the Ref. 16202.

4. Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Openworked Ref. 26735

Do you want to see Audemars Piguet’s high level of craftsmanship? The new Royal Oak Selfwinding, Flying Tourbillon Openworked with Ref. 26735, gives a premium view of the Calibre 2972. The watch has an elegant monochromatic outlook.

5. Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26240

All the Audemars Piguet models with a 41mm case are now run by the Calibre 4401. With a flyback function, this particular movement type includes a date-change mechanism and upgraded chronometry.

6. Royal Oak Selfwinding Ref. 15550

AP has released 11 models with a self-winding minute, hour, second, date, and the Calibre 5900. The mechanism is comparatively thinner and also guarantees self-sufficiency of 60 hours.

7. Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26715

These are the smaller 38mm chronograph models that revamp the new line while still incorporating the old Calibre 2385.

Will AP Watches Hold Their Value?

If you want to buy an Audemars Piguet watch as an investment, you’ll be glad to know that AP watches indeed hold their value. Investing in any of the models listed above will secure a high value when you sell Audemars Piguet watches to some reliable watch buyer in London.

How Do You Know If Your Audemars Piguet Is Real?

Have you decided on your Audemars Piguet model already? If yes, you must remember that Audemars Piguet watches are a high investment. So, the last thing you can expect is to get scammed. With the rising popularity of the watches, the count of counterfeiters has also doubled. Therefore, it is very important to carefully evaluate the authenticity of your AP watch before buying one.

But, how do you recognise or differentiate between a fake and real Audemars Piguet watch as a newbie?

Here’s a list of things that must look out for in an authentic AP timepiece.

  • Check & Compare the Price
  • Study about the Seller
  • Check the Watch Quality ( Dial, Movement, Rotor, Screws, Spelling, Weight, Stamp & Tapisserie Pattern)
  • Consult a Trusted Watch Expert
  • Box & Papers (If it is a pre-owned Audemars Piguet watch)
  • Serial Number
FINAL WORDS

Audemars Piguet should be your pick if you enjoy complications in a high-end mechanical watch. It is the ‘Holy Trinity’ of all luxury watch brands and attests to the highest quality timepieces. We suggest investing in a model that draws all the attention and appreciates in value.

Check out the full list above to shop your preference.

Also Read: 5 of the Best Audemars Piguet Watches for Avid Watch Collectors

Why Are Luxury Watch Brands Growing In Demand?

March 17th, 2022

The demand for luxury watches is at an all-time high! For some, the craze for luxury watch brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe started during the COVID-19 pandemic when the young generation couldn’t travel abroad.

According to watch specialist Vincent Wong, there has been a steady rise in demand for such luxurious timepieces since the first lockdown in 2020. Due to the global pandemic, foreign currencies have become unstable. As a result, the young ones are now investing in luxury watches with the saved money.

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Wong added that the value of luxury watch brands like Rolex, AP, and Patek has significantly increased in the past few years. The watches make for a more secure expenditure than any other overseas travel. Moreover, the value of the watch brands like Rolex and others is recognised globally. This means, if ever a person intends to sell Rolex watches in the future, they can easily expect to fetch an increased resale value!

Depending on the Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet models, the resale value of the watches can go up to 50%-120%. Moreover, some buyers are willing to offer almost double the retail price for a Rolex. Hence, it is only wise to invest in luxury watch brands in such a scenario.

But why are the prices rising so rapidly?

1. Brand Value

First and foremost, luxury watches like Rolex, Patek Philippe, or Audemars Piguet symbolise success. All three watch brands are famous for their quality, prestige, and reliability. Moreover, in recent times, luxury watches have become synonymous with class. As a result, more and more people are interested in owning one from the retail or the pre-owned market.

2. Supply & Demand

The value of a commodity greatly depends on its demand and supply chain. When you own a luxury watch, your ability to sell the luxury watch is greatly dependent on its market value. Few watches are more in demand than the others. This could be due to several factors.

So, depending on the watch model you own or plan to buy, the resale value will fluctuate. Rolex is very attractive and popular in the watch market. It is also the best luxury watch brand regarding resale value.

Patek and AP are great choices too! If you own a rare model or the production numbers for a specific model are low, then there are high chances that its value will steadily increase.

Few such watches are

» Rolex Models:

  • Submariner
  • Daytona

» Patek Philippe Models:

  • Nautilus
  • Calatrava

» Audemars Piguet Models:

  • Royal Oak
  • Royal Oak Offshores

You must be thinking: Should I buy a Rolex, Patek Philippe or Audemars Piguet Watch?

Going with the current trend, investing in any three brands will yield you a higher resale value.

6 factors that will make it easier for you to choose are:

1. Budget

All the 3 brands are expensive. To simplify it, Rolex has a lower entry point than the rest but enjoys a higher resale value in the pre-owned market. You can always sell Rolex watches at a handsome value to some reliable watch buyers in London.

2. Resale Value

Many people like to buy a luxury watch, only to sell it for the same or a slightly higher price. If you want to do that too, you must invest in a watch with a good resale value (names mentioned above). While AP & Patek are good investment watches, Rolex is the best!

In 2022, the prices of Rolex have escalated, making it even more profitable for the people planning to sell Rolex in the pre-owned market.

3. Brand Recognition

We all can agree that the three watch brands are equally prestigious. But for an average man, Rolex is the king! Everyone knows and loves Rolex, don’t they? On the other hand, AP and Patek could command respect.

4. Craftsmanship

Rolex, AP, and Patek Philippe are all horology greats. If you want a watch that sports some of the best complications and movements, AP & Patek would be your choice. Rolex emphasises creating watches that have specific purposes.

5. History

All three watch brands have a great history. Rolex, came out in 1905, Patek Philippe in 1839, and Audemars Piguet in 1875. However, when you look at the watch history, Rolex has made the most significant impact, which the other two brands cannot compete with.

6. Target Market

AP and Patek Philippe watches target the elites of the society. On the other hand, Rolex is for the high-income, working individuals of any age. You can achieve a Rolex at some point, and it is also a worthwhile investment choice, and you can avail of them in a variety of styles.

But, AP & Patek lack this kind of variety and are exceptionally high priced.

CONCLUSION

As the passion for luxury watches increases globally, more and more people are inclined to invest in luxury watches than ever before. With supply so low at retail, it is unlikely that brands will offer any discount. Brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe are now selling on the pre-owned market for over their retail values.

Thankfully, this situation isn’t likely to end anytime soon. So, if you plan to invest now in Rolex, for instance, expect to fetch a whooping amount when you sell your Rolex watches in the pre-owned market.

This holds true for the other two brands as well.

Audemars Piguet celebrates ‘Royal Oak’s’ 50th Birthday!

February 11th, 2022

The year 2022 has just started, and it seems that renowned Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has already got big plans! And, why not, it’s the famous Royal Oak’s 50th Birthday this year. To begin with, AP has given a king-like treatment to the Royal Oak collection by launching a slew of Royal Oak models that look hotter than ever!

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So, if you were planning to get a new fancy timepiece for the New Year, we believe that the time has come. Sell your Audemars Piguet or simply upgrade it to get hold of one of these latest dynamic timepieces that are sure to captivate your attention at once!

The latest collection reflects the company’s vision for the years to come, and it’s indeed very appealing and refreshing. But before we jump to discuss the how and what of the New Royal Oak models, let’s state a few highlights.

5 Key 2022 Highlights from Audemars Piguet

  • The heat in the watch market is increasing, and the only way to keep up with the pace is to be present in the market. Reportedly, AP had sold just 45000 watches in 2021. In 2022, the company is gearing up to increase the count to 50000 and has already employed 2500 workers.
  • The bigger news is that the watchmaker plans to set aside a big chunk of the new Royal Oak collection for those new to the brand. One of the key ways the newcomers can set themselves aside from the existing population is by developing a relationship with the brand and its officials.
  • The brand currently focuses on making the timepiece slimmer and more comfortable on the wrists. They intend to simplify the readability of the watches with new mechanisms.
  • There is a revision of minor elements and touch-points without hampering the original essence. This will enhance the look and feel of the wristwatches for both men and women.
  • In 2023, AP plans to launch something very new and refreshing to the Royal Oak Concept case.

NEW TRAIL OF WATCHES TO CELEBRATE ROYAL OAK’S 50TH BIRTHDAY

1. ‘JUMBO’ Extra-Thin Ref.16202

The Next Gen Royal Oak Ref. 16202 has replaced the Royal Oak Ref.15202. The new model comes in a 36mm case and roofs a new self-winding Calibre 7121 (extra-thin). AP has tweaked the years-old mechanism and flaunts a new date & minute movement along with a new self-winding hour for the first time.

It also has a larger barrel that offers more power for timekeeping. In short, the watch provides a power reserve of around 55 hours. Some other fascinating additions include:

  • A Balance wheel that comes fit with inertia blocks to prevent needless friction
  • Bi-directional winding
  • An extra-thin, low-energy date-setting structure
  • The watches abide by high-horology standards

The Extra-Thin Ref. 16202 comes in 4 models:

  • 18ct Pink Gold with Petite Tapisserie dials
  • Stainless Steel
  • 18ct Yellow Gold with Petite Tapisserie dials
  • Platinum

2. Royal Oak Selfwinding Black Ceramic

At a glance, you might feel that you’re looking back at the same AP Royal Oak model that was released last year. But the luxury watch brand has done some incredible magic which deserves appreciation. If you find it hard to decipher, let’s do it for you:

  • The Logo is spelt out and replaces the previous ‘AP’ style
  • Minute links that link the letters measure the size of a hair strand that is almost invisible to the eye
  • The Signature is crafted in 24ct Pink Gold & set through a 3D printing process
  • The Numerals in the Date Window is Gold
  • The Pins connecting the bracelet links aren’t visible on the side
  • The Length & size of the hour markers have undergone modification for better legibility

3. Extra-Thin ‘JUMBO’ Open-worked Ref. 16204

Measuring 39mm, the ‘JUMBO’ extra-thin Open-worked Ref. 16204 is available in 2 models:

  • 18ct Pink Gold
  • Stainless Steel

The Ref. 16204 roofs the new self-winding, open-worked Calibre 7124, almost similar to the Calibre 7121 mentioned above. The features that make the Calibre 7124 different are the open-worked structure with the bridge and main late cut via CNC mechanism. After that the electric discharge mechanism makes them seamless.

You can vividly see the 324 hand-polished V angles on the dial and the case back. The stainless steel version of the watch comes with a rhodium-toned movement, and the pink-gold variant comes with a slate grey bridge with a distinct grey barrel at 11 o’clock.

4. Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon

Three new 41mm Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon variants are released in stainless steel, titanium, and 18ct pink gold. All the three latest iterations come with bracelets and cases with wider bevels. Moreover, the thickness of the first link is decreased to fits the wrists seamlessly.

Additionally, the case back has been fitted on the middle of the case to offer a more relaxed fit. Some of the other subtle features include:

  • Improvement of the hands and hour markers
  • The Signature of AP comes applied in 24-carat gold.
  • Addition of new tones to the Grand Tappisserie dial
  • You can also see the fine Cotes de Geneve movement finishing through the case back

5. Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Open-Worked

The open-work watches emit a class of their own, and who better than Audemars Piguet to execute them in the finest possible way. Coming in 41mm, the iconic open-worked version of the Flying Tourbillon, the timepiece hosts a Calibre 2950 movement and the architecture of the model surpasses anything you’ve seen so far from the luxury watch brand.

The finely finished vertical and horizontal bridges create a stunning 3D effect. Surprisingly, the company intends to generate only 125 pieces this year, 80 pieces in 2023 and 45 in 2024. This will thereby result in a steep increase in its demand.

Therefore, if you want to invest in any worthy timepiece, reach out for the AP Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon. You’ll not just be blown away with its appearance but also with the kind of value it would fetch when you sell AP watches in the future.

6. Royal Oak & Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Watches

AP released 28 variants on its 37mm Royal Oaks and 38 & 41mm from Self-Winding Chronograph models collectively. Not just that. The company plans to launch other models in 34 & 41mm in the latter half of 2022.

What’s new in the latest trail of releases?

  • Enlargement of the bevels present on the bottom & top
  • The case back is faintly joined into the middle of the case for a better fit
  • The bracelet’s links are lighter & slimmer
  • The minute track is printed directly on the Tapisserie dial
  • The Logo of AP is Audemars Piguet at the 12 o’clock position
  • The collection also sees a Night Blue dial colour or ‘Blue Nuit’ & a Baby Blue Dubbed Cloud 50

7. Royal Oak Offshore Diamond Pave

Nothing new or innovative; it’s just that the Royal Oak Offshore is getting all decked up in diamond to celebrate its brother’s Birthday! AP has launched four new diamond-set variants. Out of which, two come with Round Brilliant Cut diamonds over the case, dial, and in one particular model, the bracelet. The other two models flaunt Baguette diamonds adorned in the case or the bezel.

In the Round Brilliant Variants- The diamonds are particularly juxtaposed against the rich AP black coloured sub-dials.

Even the pusher guards & crown come set with diamonds. A fully sparkling affair it is!

What’s special about the 50th Birthday Royal Oak Collection?

As stated in the details above, all the watch models are exclusive and fascinating. Not to forget the brilliant technicalities and functionality they bring to the forefront. But another major aspect that tags the collection as unique is the oscillating mass visible from the case back and comes with an engraved cut-out that says ’50 Years’.

Isn’t that amazing? Moreover, after 31st December 2022, all the watches will come equipped with the standard oscillating mass.

CONCLUSION

So, that’s all for the first half of 2022. Now, let’s wait till the second half of the year to find out what more exciting new features AP has got for its fans. Meanwhile, if you’re gearing to find some of the best investment watches, don’t forget to walk through the New Royal Oak collection.

It’s worth every penny! Remember that you can always sell AP watches at an impressive value in the pre-owned market.

How to Verify The Authenticity of An Audemars Piguet Watch?

November 1st, 2021

In modern times, brand names have become a prerequisite to determining the status of a person. As one of the most sought-after watch brands, Audemars Piguet has an all-time high demand in the market. And, why not! The watch is a combination of both sophistication and luxury.

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Audemars Piguet is a highly reputed Swiss watchmaker that enjoys increased popularity in the watch market for its exceptional craftsmanship and functionality. But you should be aware about the forgery that goes on in the market. For instance, if you visit the marketplace to buy an AP watch, how do you check that your AP is real or fake?

Fortunately, there are a few key elements that can help you during AP watch authentication. Put the below-mentioned tips to good use and make a wise purchase.

8 powerful ways to differentiate between a real and a fake Audemars Piguet are:

  • Go back to the History

Well, some background research will help you recognize a genuine Audemars Piguet from a counterfeit one. The brand was launched in 1875 by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet, where each artisan provided their excellent skill set to make the name an esteemed brand.

Even after the founders died in 1918 and 1919, the standard of the watch brand continued to grow. Unlike other watch brands, an Audemars Piguet watch is manufactured less, that increases its desirability. The company produces some of the most accurate timepieces that have gained more demand over the years. This is one of the key reasons why replica models are available.

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  • Unbelievable Price

Great excitement often leads to wrong purchase. So, ensure to compare the price beforehand. Do you see the ads on Instagram and Facebook for AP watches that sell luxury watches at as low as £72.33? Be aware of such promotions! Those are not real.

A price that is significantly lower than the current market value should make you pause and think. Do some research about how much the authorised dealers are charging for the same style and type. An unbelievable price for an Audemars Piguet watch is just a no-no!

  • Who’s the Seller?

Find our every minute detail about the seller’s website. For instance, if the ‘About’ section says ‘Coming Soon’, consider it a red flag. It can be a scam website. Also, make sure to double verify the URL. The counterfeiters often use a domain name that misspells a credible user to capture the shoppers’ attention.

Browse through the customer reviews across multiple websites for ensuring the watch authenticity. If the reviews sound twisted or similar or are quite identical across the various sites, the seller could be posting fake reviews. If you do not find any information on the seller, you should move on!

It will be wise on your part to track the location of the seller.

  • The Quality Check

If you are buying an Audemars Piguet timepiece from a physical store, there are numerous ways to check the realness of the watch. Some of the key things to evaluate include:

  • WEIGHT: If it is light, it isn’t right. Check to see if the watch has the proper weight for its used metal. The AP watches are considerably heavier. This is due to the high-quality gold and steel used. Additionally, mechanical movements are heavier than quartz. Remember that the replica AP watches are three to four inches thicker at the cover on the bottom.
  • DIAL: It is essentially important to take a close look at the dial design of the watch. Check the listed features minutely:
  • Shape
  • Logo
  • Numbers
  • Size
  • Dates
  • Space

Also, check if the design of the dial features lines that are similar to vinyl plates. This is what makes them hard to copy.

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  • TAPISSERIE PATTERN: The Audemars Piguet watches have a specific design lasered onto the dials, making it difficult for the forgers to copy. Most commonly, the forgers try to replicate the complicated Tapisserie pattern on the dial completely or spoil the design.
  • ROTOR: This is one of the features that can help you spot a fake AP watch easily. The finish of a luxury AP watch is shiny. Therefore, check whether or not the rotor is smooth or does it have any uneven edges. A genuine Audemars Piguet watch should be luminous and bright. On the other hand, the counterfeit ones use cheap materials that dull their glow.
  • MOVEMENT: Carefully inspect the direction of the watch. Even if the forged watches appear similar to the real one, they can never match up to the internal mechanisms of an authentic watch.

For example, the AP Royal Oak Offshore timepieces have a trademark dial with a tapisserie pattern. The replicas can never mimic the exact colour style. Their colour will always be paler. And, the mechanism is regulated in a different direction. As a customer, you can always look at the friction behind the buttons. If you push the button and feel that the texture is not smooth or that it will spring out, it means that you are dealing with a copy.

  • STAMP: The stamp is another component that is hard to reproduce. The stamp should always be in the centre and not tilted to the right or the left. It should be clear to read. If you find that the Audemars Piguet stamp is off the centre or looks blurry, consider it a replica.
  • The Ticking Sound

Due to years of expert craftsmanship, a premium Swiss watch has an almost impossible-to-hear tick. So, if an Audemars Piguet watch gives away a ticking sound, consider it to be fake!

  • Don’t forget the Box!

Another way to confirm the authenticity of an Audemars Piguet watch is the box. The box is made of wood and not other materials. The liner feels smooth to touch. Also, the brand name is centered on the lid or the bottom or the middle of the box. The stain chosen for the wood varies based on the design and the year. Look out for the images online to determine their originality.

  • Warranty Check

Always remember to conduct an Audemars Piguet warranty check. You can find your warranty number on the warranty certificate. It is a 10-digit or 16-digit number that depends on the date of purchase. If you do not have a warranty number, it is likely to be a fake one.

  • Verify the Serial Number

Another thing to consider is the Audemars Piguet Serial number check. The AP timepiece should have a letter engraved on the case back along with the case serial number. This letter is a sequential number and changes after 100000 watches. Depending on the years of production, the letters vary. Find the serial number of the AP watch engraved on the outside of the case back.

  • How can you avoid the forgery?

While the above-stated tips may help you identify a fake AP watch, it does not guarantee originality. It takes a trained watch expert to evaluate the genuineness and ensure that the watch and its components are genuine.

The high demand and popularity of the Audemars Piguet watches- lure people into shopping it, sometimes at the cost of its authenticity. And, if you are the owner of an Audemars Piguet timepiece and looking to sell your AP watch, then get in touch with The Luxury Hut. We will evaluate the watch’s value, verify its authenticity, buying it for the best possible price.

Also Read: How to Verify the Authenticity of a Rolex watch?

What Are the Most Expensive Watches in the World?

September 28th, 2021

These days, luxury watches are not only about telling the time. Instead, they serve like a functional piece of jewellery that does more than only look pretty. They aid individuals to manifest their success, achievement or unique personality. Perhaps the fascinating thing you can see today is a mechanical watch; its craftsmanship, complex engineering fit inside tiny cases.

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These timepieces constitute some of the man’s biggest achievements in a small device to fit on the wrist. It’s not surprising that the best iterations are exceedingly sought-after among collectors. Well, luxury watches are synonymous with expensive. The most exclusive and extravagant timepieces in the world are multi-million-pound creations.

In fact, while the watch market is booming right now, the rarest iterations are breaking world records at auctions. However, the most expensive watches have a class of their own. They possess unique aesthetics to capture the eyes of avid collectors, billionaires and millionaires, Hollywood A-listers and more. Now:

When talking about the most expensive watches in the world, the names that strike to mind first include Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier & more. The watches made by the leading watch brands appeal to anyone with their superb styling, classic engineering and exclusivity. Moreover, many of these timepieces are limited editions or one-offs.

So are you wondering what the world’s most expensive watches are? Do you know which the most expensive Rolex watch is?

Keep reading to look at the top most expensive watches ever produced and know why they command astronomical prices.

The Most Expensive Rolex Watches

1. Rolex Paul Newman Daytona

The Paul New Newman Rolex Daytona made a record-breaking sale in 2017, fetching about £13.01 million. This is the most expensive Rolex watch ever sold and the costliest timepiece ever sold globally.

  • In 2016, a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph from 1943 set a record by selling for nearly £8.04 million.
  • However, Paul Newman’s Rolex watch easily beat Patek’s record.
  • The bidding for this Rolex model began at £0.73 million. Interestingly, the first bidder increased the bid to nearly £7.32 million, leaving the entire Phillips auction room awe.
  • Later, the only two bidders competed with each other for the timepiece. And the price settled at £13.01 million.

So what’s so special about Paul Newman’s Rolex? How did it become the most expensive watch of all time?

The Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona is not specifically a rare model nor embellished with very precious gems. However, it’s the unique story and association that appealed to collectors.

The story dates back to 1968 when Newman’s wife Joanne Woodward gifted a Rolex Daytona to him. While Newman began racing cars recently, her wife engraved the words’ Drive Carefully Me’ on the watch’s back. Later, this Daytona became Paul Newman’s favourite timepiece, wearing it during photo shoots, outdoors and many other places.

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2. Rolex Bao Dai

A gold case and a black dial – this was the rarest configuration available in the Rolex’s catalogue at the time. Thus, the Rolex Bao Dai is among the unique and most instantly recognisable watches among watch enthusiasts.

Rolex initially sold this timepiece to the Nguyen dynasty’s last emperor in 1954 in Vietnam. And it was the costliest watch available in the brand’s catalogue at that time. What makes this Rolex so unique & collectable?

  • The elite Swiss watchmaker produced only three Bao Dai models.
  • The example that fetched more than £3.73 million at Phillips auction in 2017 is one of the three Bao Dai models that feature diamond on the even hour markers.

However, the watch was at auction already before. The Nguyen family sold it first in 2002 for about £171,880. Interestingly, it was the highest price paid ever for a Rolex watch at that time.

3. Rolex Daytona Unicorn

Rolex produced the Daytona Unicorn Reference 6265 between 1970 and 1988. The watch sports a 37mm steel Oyster case and the manual winding Calibre 727 movement. Interestingly, collectors had no severe interest in this watch. However, Reference 6265 was not any ordinary Rolex.

So, why Rolex 6265 is unique? The watch is crafted of white gold, hence, the nickname ‘Unicorn’. The white gold case frames a black sigma dial. Rolex delivered this watch to a German retailer in 1971. However, it is believed to be the only version of Reference 6265 crafted of white gold. Thus, the watch is genuinely unique and highly coveted.

Related: 8 Vintage Rolex Models that Can Fetch a Premium in Pre-owned Market

The Most Expensive Patek Philippe Watches

1. Patek Philippe Reference 1518

Patek Philippe Reference 1518 debuted in 1941 as the first perpetual calendar moon-phase chronograph watch. This in itself made the watch a highly coveted collector’s piece. But the timepiece did not have substantial collectors as Patek Philippe introduced the model at the peak of WWII.

The watchmaker introduced the Reference 1518 in stainless steel, yellow gold and Rose gold cases. Although all three watches are coveted, the steel edition is more desirable among collectors. Phillips Bacs & Russo sold the watch in Geneva, where the bidding started at about £2.20 million. However, the final price settled at £7.10 million, making a record for a wristwatch at that time.

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2. Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Reference 5016A-010

This Patek Philippe Reference 5016A-010 ranks among the list of the most complicated watches ever made. The watch packs the Calibre RT 027 PSQR hand-wound movement featuring a one-minute tourbillon, perpetual calendar and minute repeater. Moreover, it is made of 506 hand-finished parts.

  • The stainless steel Reference 5016A-010 features a blue lacquered dial and an alligator hand-stitched leather strap.
  • However, the watch went up for sale at the charity auction of biannual Only Watch 2015 in Geneva.

Interestingly, the Phillips Auction house billed the timepiece as one of the greatest classics of the Patek Philippe Grand Complications. The estimated price was CHF 700,000 – 900,000. However, the watch finally hammered at a staggering £5.42 million.

3. Patek Philippe Titanium Reference 5208T-010

At the bi-annual Only Watch charity auction, the limelight was on the host of Patek Philippe watches. Following the record-breaking sale of Reference 5016A-010, the watchmaker again came up with another one-of-its-kind model.

  • The Patek Philippe Reference 5028 was indeed unique, thanks to its instantaneous perpetual calendar, minute repeater, and chronograph complication.
  • The timepiece exhibits the unrivalled artistry and expertise of the brand.
  • However, its most exclusive feature was the titanium case.

The fact is that Patek Philippe used titanium very rare. And Reference 5208 is the only titanium edition ever produced. It sold for an astronomical price of £4.61 million – the second-highest sum that bi-annual event ever achieved. However, the auctioned price went to Monaco Association that works for the degenerative muscular disorder, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

4. Patek Philippe Gold Chronograph Reference 1527

Christie’s auction house billed this 18ct Gold Chronograph from Patek Philippe as a historically significant wristwatch. Patek Philippe introduced Reference 1527 in 1943, packing the Calibre 13 into it. And the movement controlled the date, moon phase and perpetual calendar functionality of the timepiece.

Why is this Patek Philippe Chronograph watch special? This is because the watch is the archetype of some of the most iconic watches within Patek’s catalogue. Take, for example the Reference 5270.

However, like most timepieces debuted during WWII, Patek Philippe produced Reference 1527 in low numbers. The watchmaker supposedly made only two of the Reference 1527, and this specific version is considered one of the two models. Another one is a non-chronograph watch.

Thus, when it went to auction in 2010 at Christie’s, the competition was furious. The auctioneers estimated the watch to fetch within £1.15 – £1.93 million. However, the timepiece finally sold for about £4.67 million, becoming the most expensive watch sold at auction at that time.

5. Patek Philippe Calibre 89 in Yellow Gold

The Patek Philippe Calibre 89 enjoyed the recognition of the world’s most complicated watch for over a quarter of a century. However, it lost this tag in 2015 after the release of Vacheron Constantin 57260. But the Calibre 89 is yet the most complicated timepiece in Patek Philippe’s catalogue. And thus, the watch is indeed unique.

Well, Patek Philippe released the Calibre 89 watch to commemorate the brand’s 150th anniversary. They produced only four of these models in platinum, white gold, yellow gold and pink gold, respectively. However, the model that went up for auction in 2009 is the yellow-gold edition.

A famous Japanese Ferrari and Patek Philippe collector named Yoshiho Matsuda bought the timepiece for nearly £3,739,172. He has this exclusive timepiece in his collection to date. The watch came up for auction several times, but it did not reach the price set at about £8.16 million.

Related: 5 Factors that Make Patek Philippe Watches So Expensive

The Most Expensive AP Watches

1. Audemars Piguet Royal Offshore Grande Complication

This Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication is the descendant of the ever-first sports watches, the iconic Royal Oak. It is among the most expensive watches within AP’s catalogue and also in the world. However, the Audemars Piguet Offshore Grande Complication is a waterproof masterpiece with exclusive features. It includes –

  • A minute repeater and perpetual calendar
  • Split-seconds chronograph
  • Week indicator
  • Hour, second and minute hands
  • Fifty-two jewels and power reserve of 45 hours.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication features a 44mm titanium case and a ceramic bezel. However, its skeleton display allows you to see the elegant and detailed finishing that took 860 hours to complete.

Many watch collectors and fans have fallen in love with this iconic, luxurious timepiece that contributes significantly to the brand’s ultra-desirability. However, AP produced only three examples of this timepiece worldwide, making it a rare piece to collect.

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2. Jules Audemars Grande Complication

Audemars Piguet named this watch collection after one of the company’s founders. The Jules Audemars Grande Complication is available in different metals like pink gold and titanium. However, the watch measures 42mm in diameter and features a transparent case back to give you a glimpse of the mesmerising movement.

Moreover, a hand-stitched alligator leather strap boosts the elegance of this self-winding timepiece. The strap is further fitted with titanium or 950platinum or 18ct gold folding clasp. The watches of this collection cost nearly between £471,655 and £571,764.

3. Audemars Piguet Millenary CarbonTourbillon Chronograph

The third model in the list of the most expensive Audemars Piguet watches is the Millenary CarbonTourbillon Chronograph. What contributes to the astronomical price tag of the watch are the materials. The list includes blackened steel and aluminium for the bridges, forged carbon for the watch case. Moreover, AP used black ceramic for the crown, chronograph push-pieces and the bezel.

The brand’s expert craftsmen made the case by processing and moulding separate carbon wire pieces. The result is unique texture and ultra-lightweight. Moreover, the watch features a column-wheel mechanism, tourbillon and twin barrels. AP completed the model’s elegant look with a hand-stitched alligator leather strap.

It takes over two weeks to assemble the watch and is also waterproof. Pairing expert craftsmanship with cutting-edge materials, the Millenary CarbonTourbillon Chronograph cost nearly £301,712.

Also Read: 5 of the Best Audemars Piguet Watches for Avid Watch Collectors

The Most Expensive Cartier Watches

1. Cartier Ballon Bleu Tourbillon Extra Large Diamond Watch

The Cartier Ballon Blue Tourbillon Diamond watch sports a 46mm case size with 13mm thickness and an upgraded movement mechanism. However, what boosts the watch’s glamour is the Baguette diamond-set bracelet. The slate grey dial with sun satin-finished grid and transparent case back adds to the beauty of the watch.

Moreover, the Roman numeral hour markers and sword-shaped hands on the dial ensure increased legibility and beauty. You can see the tourbillon at the 6 o’clock side. The manual wound movement gives 50 hours of power reserve. How much does it cost? It is about £0.79 million.

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2. Cartier Rotonde Tourbillon Chronograph

Cartier introduced the Rotonde Tourbillon Chronograph as a limited edition timepiece. It comes with a 45mm case diameter with a thickness of 15.7mm. Other exclusive features of this limited edition piece include a black alligator strap and a transparent case.

However, the strap builds up to a double adjustable deployant buckle that allows comfortable wearing. The signature Roman numeral markers and blue-coloured sword hands elevate the readability of the elegant grey dial. How much is the watch worth? It is about £176,749.

3. Cartier Tortue High Complication Extra Large Platinum Watch

Cartier produced the Extra Large Tortue High Complication platinum watch only in 15 pieces, making it a rare model to come across. The watch features a platinum case of 10.7mm thickness and a transparent case back. However, what further magnifies the beauty and elegance of the watch is the high-quality black alligator strap.

This Cartier Tortue High Complication Extra Large watch flaunts a silver guilloche dial with Roman numeral markers and apple-shaped blue hands. Other features include a power reserve indicator and calendar functionality. This manual winding, water-resistant watch cost nearly £367,008.

Related: How Cartier Became A Serious Watchmaker?

Other Expensive Watches

1. Jaeger LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Machette

The elite watchmaker Jaeger Lecoultre designed the ultra-luxurious Joaillerie 101 Manchette watch to gift Queen Elizabeth on her reign’s 60th year. The watch is made of white gold and flaunts a series of diamond-set links. Moreover, the exclusive profile houses a tiny movement – Calibre 101. The timepiece is worth nearly £19.07 million.

2. Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260

The Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 is among the most complicated timepiece in the world. It consists of 57 different complications, 242 jewels and 2826 individual elements. Interestingly, ten of these complications were new inventions in the horological industry at their manufacturing time.

The most exceptional features of Reference 57260 include a double retrograde split-seconds chronograph, a night mode and the Judaic calendar. However, the timepiece sports a simplistic case that leaves the centre stage to the unrivalled mechanics.

Vacheron Constantin is known to take nearly eight years to design and produce this watch. So you won’t be surprised to know that the timepiece fetched about £5.87 million.

3. Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire

The BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire showcases the brand’s signature cockpit design. And it is the most expensive watch by far Bell & Ross has ever made, having a price tag of about £363,253. The timepiece features an all-sapphire case with transparent sides that clearly illustrate the mono-pusher chronograph tourbillon movement.

Bell & Ross offered this ultramodern watch, one of the oldest movement constructions in watchmaking. The columns raise the bridges slightly from the main plate. However, the plates have added cutaways that boost the view from the sides. This means you can admire all the functional components from several angles.

So these are some of the most expensive watches for men ever produced or sold at auction. Not everyone can afford them right now, but there is no harm in seeing and dreaming.

However, those who have a luxury watch and want an accurate valuation can contact our expert team today. The Luxury Hut buys all kinds of luxury timepieces from leading watch brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and more, vintage or modern, for competitive prices. Part-exchange against watches is also available. Fill in our online form or call on 0207 242 9160 for an instant price quote.

This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Watch Creates an Optical Illusion

September 17th, 2021

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon features a disc of rotatable precious gems. A series of stepped blue gold-edged rings surround the disc, thereby creating an optical illusion. It appears like looking down at ripples in a pond or a well. And a frosted gold case encloses the entire thing.

AP teamed up with Carolina Bucci, a jewellery designer of Florentine, in 2016. And since its association, the watchmaker has hardly left any watch surface crystalline. Some of the brand’s most ground-breaking collections today sports Bucci’s micro-hammering technique as trademark shimmer.

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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept series debuted in 2002 that showcased futuristic, experimental watchmaking. The head of complications at Audemars Piguet, Greubel Forsey, says –

“This was the beginning of 21st-century watchmaking as we know it today before all the experimental indies like Greubel Forsey and Richard Mille came along. The Concept created a new pathway that said high horology can enter the field of experimentation and avant-garde design.”

The 2008’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Carbon collection served as the experimental platform for the watchmaker. The brand has examined materials science and worked to find the perfect way to track consecutive laps to awe Michael Schumacher, the Formula One world champion. Furthermore, with 2016’s Supersonnerie, AP played with correcting acoustics and sound. Keep reading to know more.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon

AP introduced a diamond-coated Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon in 2018, and it was the first Royal Oak Concept watch for women. However, the brand almost eliminated the bling and irregular openings in the latest Concept Flying Tourbillon version. Instead, AP emphasised the surface finish and texture.

Friedman explains it as –

“Celebration of the artistic, aesthetic nature and beauty of the tourbillon itself, over its technical attributes.”

AP tops the flying tourbillon with a rotatable disc of precious stones. It further features stepped blue rings with gold edging. Overall, it produces an effect similar to an optical illusion. However, the watch comes with a frosted gold case that packs the entire thing.

However, the frosted gold acted as a lightning rod for Audemars Piguet. They reimagined the most ancient materials in new, highly contemporary ways.

Interestingly, the Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon features an exclusive dial architecture highlighting the tourbillon. However, it is reminiscent of one of the brand’s most cherished contemporary watches – the Tourbillon Automatique of 1986. This watch is historically significant because it was the world’s first self-winding tourbillon watch and the first tourbillon to have a titanium cage. Moreover, the 1986’s Tourbillon Automatique was also the world’s thinnest self-winding tourbillon for a long time.

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5 of the Best Audemars Piguet Watches for Avid Watch Collectors

September 10th, 2021

Audemars Piguet, a leading Swiss watchmaker, has been revolutionising and upgrading its iconic collections with unique designs since its establishment in 1875. The design of their watches features a mix of modern aesthetic and conventional craftsmanship. The brand has nearly eight collections, including the most popular and iconic Royal Oak.

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Well, let’s take a look at five of the best Audemars Piguet watches, recognised for their unbeaten aesthetic attributes.

1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold Extra-Thin Ref. 152020R

Adding an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold model to a collection is like securing the grail of all grails. The Royal Oak Extra-Thin Ref. 152020R comes with a 39mm case, a blue petite tapisserie dial, and a display case back. However, the dial flaunts a matching deep blue calendar wheel, luminous applied baton hour markers and iconic double baton marker at 12-hour marker.

Interestingly, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Blue Dial watch sports an elegant bracelet construction where the parts are arranged in diminishing order. AP graduated them into seven different sizes with alternating links and studs. Moreover, the versatile 39mm case houses the brand’s legendary Calibre 2121 movement. It offers 40 hours of power reserve and a frequency of 19,800vph.

2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26320OR

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph debuted first nearly 20 years ago. Today, it is available in about twelve references and comes in a bulkier 41mm case size. Nonetheless, this timepiece is yet a fan favourite. AP offers the Royal Oak Chrono in several precious metal options. However, the 18ct pink gold edition of Reference 26320OR takes things to a higher level. It sports a solid gold case and an exquisite brown alligator strap.

The watch flaunts a well-balanced, clean silver Grande Tapisserie dial. And it serves as a perfect base for the 18ct pink gold hands and matching applied baton hour markers. However, the three sub-dials flaunt flat borders and snailed centres. An alligator strap completes the sophisticated look of this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph timepiece. Moreover, it is powered by the in-house Calibre 2385.

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3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton Double Balance Wheel Openworked

The Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked debuted in 2016, retaining the case design of the classic Royal Oak. However, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak skeleton watch packs a new concept of movement that improves the timekeeping accuracy. The timepiece houses the Calibre 3132 movement. And its one-of-its-kind design features two balance wheels sitting parallel to one another and interconnected through a central component.

The skeleton bridges and plates display exquisite finishing with chamfered edges, dressage, mirror polish screw holes and more. Moreover, the dial is a blend of contrasting colours. For example, the bridges and hands come in pink gold; whereas, the double balance wheel is yellow gold.

4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is an automatic watch that AP initially designed for divers. People typically categorise the Royal Oak Offshore as fairly pricey Audemars Piguet watches. However, this particular model has outstanding features like a rotating inner diver scale bezel.

AP equipped the watch with the self-winding Calibre 3120 movement that delivers 60 hours of power reserve and six beats per second. Moreover, you can see a ‘Mega Tapisserie’ dial on this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore coupled with luminous white gold hands, hour markers.

The watch is water-resistant to 300m, thanks to the tightly screwed stainless steel case and robust sapphire crystal.

5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon

The Royal Oak Concept GMT Flying Tourbillon is the first flying tourbillon timepiece within the brand’s catalogue that packs another movement powering the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon for ladies. The watch features the sand-blasted titanium central bridges on the dial side with gold-toned, polished facets. Interestingly, you can see the glimpse of the Calibre 2954 via the openings between the multiple indications.

However, the dial features a disc at the 3 o’clock side that indicates the second time zone. The watch also has a crown guard incorporating the pusher at the 4 o’clock side. It advances the disc of the second time zone that shows 12 hours by an hour.

So which is your favourite Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch? Let’s know in the comments.

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The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Now Redesigned in 43mm

July 28th, 2021

Audemars Piguet introduced a redesigned Royal Oak Offshore for 2021, presented first time in a 43mm case. The watchmaker has always offered the Royal Oak Offshore in a 44mm case. The then younger designer Emmanuel Gueit designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. However, it debuted with a 42mm case. While it was then a massive size, the watch acquired the moniker “The Beast”.

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However, AP equipped the Royal Oak Offshore for the first-ever time with a chronograph and a ‘Therban’ rubber detailing. Nonetheless, the new AP Royal Oak Offshore of 2021 debuted in a new case diameter of 43mm. And it also houses the brand’s new integrated Calibre 4401 flyback chronograph. Let’s delve into the details more.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 43mm – Features

The Case & Bezel

The new AP Royal Oak Offshore retains the same classic shape as its older siblings. Moreover, the watch also strongly resembles the original Gueit design. The significant upgrades that AP made to the new Royal Oak Offshore model include –

  • A new case dimension with bigger chamfers on the extremities.
  • Slightly curved chronograph pushers and screw-down crown.
  • The original watch design featured round pushers.
  • However, AP replaced them with oblong-shaped pushers in later models.

Well, the glare-proof sapphire crystal on the new Royal Oak Offshore 2021 curves from the 6 o’clock to 12-hour side. It fits in the bezel curvature and completes the overall watch design. However, the case and bezel further feature satin-brushed finishing and hand-polished chamfers.

Moreover, apart from the all-titanium model, the new Royal Oak Offshore watches sport a ceramic bezel, offering a dual-tone contrast.

Also Read: The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Toubillon GMT of 2020

The Dial

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore of 2021 flaunts a newly designed ‘Mega Tapisserie’ patterned dial. It offers high-end finishing and more contrast. However, the dial colour options include grey, black, blue and taupe.

  • The Tapisserie pyramids on the dial come with sharpened edges.
  • And a raised cross pattern connects them, adding depth to the classic dial.
  • However, the most noticeable upgrade made on the dial is the rearrangement of the chronograph counters.
  • You can see the minute counter at 9 o’clock and the hour counter at 3 o’clock side.
  • Furthermore, AP shifted the date aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock in the inner bezel.

Moreover, AP has offered the dial a simpler one line applied gold “AP” logo. And the hands appear bolder and rugged.

The Movement

Audemars Piguet equipped the new Royal Oak Offshore with the in-house Calibre 4401 that debuted in Code 11.59 chronograph. This integrated flyback column-wheel timepiece comes with a vertical clutch mechanism. Moreover, the Calibre 4401 movement is water-resistance to 100m and offers a power reserve of 70hours.

Finally, the new AP Royal Oak Offshore comes with a pliable rubber strap that sits comfortably on the wrist. However, the strap has a quick release-and-attach functionality. Undoubtedly, the new Royal Oak Offshore is a robust offering from AP in 2021, bearing the entire DNA of the original model.

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What’s New Again: New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Green Dial 2021 Models

April 27th, 2021

With exciting releases from big brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe, 2021 feels fascinating than usual. Green is now the most prominent watch colour trend in the watch industry, and the latest brand to bang on the trend is Audemars Piguet.

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Audemars Piguet has currently unveiled new Royal Oak watches with exquisite green dials. The latest releases include a platinum Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Reference 15202 and a Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph Limited Edition. The brand also introduced three new Self-winding Flying Tourbillon versions in titanium or pink gold and green dials.

However, the most coveted models among the latest AP launches will ideally be the Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Watch. Continue reading to explore more. And those who want to sell AP watches can fill up our simple form to get a free competitive price quote.

The New Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin

Audemars Piguet offered the new ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak in a 950 platinum case with 39mm diameter and thickness of 8.10mm, offering an ultra-slim silhouette. However, the case frames a smoky green dial that flaunts the signature Royal Oak luminous hands and white-gold hour markers.

  • You can spot the brand’s logo beneath the 12-hour marker and the ‘AP’ initials at the 6 o’clock side.
  • What’s powering the watch is the Manufacture Calibre 2121 self-winding movement.

AP has further fitted the movement with a 22ct gold oscillating weight. However, Audemars Piguet has reserved the new Royal Oak Extra-Thin ‘Jumbo’ for AP House Collectors.

Also Read: Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph

The New Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph

An updated Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph also made its debut in a new colourway, thereby becoming a part of the green revolution. The watch features a 41mm yellow case framing a striking ‘Grande Tapisserie’ green pattern dial.

  • The watchmaker has offered a lot of texture to the watch’s face.
  • And the raised squares of the ‘Grande Tapisserie’ dial indeed boost the green finish; whereas, the yellow gold case elevates the lustrous effect.

However, the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph watch houses the Manufacture Calibre 2385 self-winding movement.

  • It is fitted with 18ct gold oscillating weight.
  • The movement manoeuvres the chronograph functions and indicates the date, minutes, hours and small seconds.
  • Moreover, the watch features a solid case-back with the words ‘Limited Edition’ engraved on it.

The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph will be available in only 125pieces. The model comes equipped with a yellow gold bracelet. However, two additional straps will accompany the watch – green rubber and green calfskin.

The New Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

AP has unleashed three new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Limited Edition watches. Each model features a 41mm case and a green sunburst Tapisserie dial.

  • The first iteration comes with an 18ct pink gold case and matching hands and hour markers.
  • Audemars Piguet offers this model in a limited number of 10pieces.
  • While the second model is available in 50pieces, AP has produced the third luxurious version in only 15pieces.
  • However, the third model features a titanium case pairing with a white gold bezel embellished with baguette-cut emeralds totalling 2.41ct.

Interestingly, the emerald’s green tones magnify the Tapisserie dial’s green tint. However, Audemars Piguet has equipped all three Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon with Manufacture Calibre 2950. This movement is the most current generation of the brand’s flying tourbillon. It offers a minimum of 65hours of power reserve and beats at 3 Hz frequency.

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How Do You Know Your AP Watch is Real or Fake?

March 20th, 2021

Find out the facts to know your AP watch is real or fake. Audemars Piguet is a highly esteemed Swiss watchmaker, recognised and cherished for its high-end luxury watches and ingenious functionalities. Audemars Piguet watches represent incredible craftsmanship and luxury. While they retain their value exceptionally well with time, Audemars Piguet watches serve as excellent investment pieces.

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Keeping in mind its desirability and demand, Audemars Piguet watches are among the world’s most counterfeited pieces. However, a few ways can help you differentiate between a real and fake AP watch.

Please continue reading below to check them out, as it is also essential to confirm the authenticity before you head out to sell your Audemars Piguet watch.

1. Material Quality

The leading Swiss watchmaker, Audemars Piguet, uses the highest quality of all materials to produce its watch. Thus, each watch comes with an impeccable finish, glaze and top-notch durability. With this in mind, here are the things that you need to examine –

  • Metal’s Finish

One of the most copied AP watches is the iconic Royal Oak. So a genuine Royal Oak will showcase a very fine brush-finish, running vertically throughout the timepiece.

  • How is the watch’s weight?

The brand creates each of its timepiece using precious metals that add substantial heft to it. Moreover, automatic movements are heavier than quartz ones that serve as an alternative to costlier mechanical movements.

Thus, check whether the AP watch on your hand feels light or heavy. If it feels light, then the timepiece is a fake one.

  • Check out the dial pattern

Audemars Piguet offers its watches a unique dial design ‘Tapisserie’ that counterfeiters find pretty challenging to copy. Forgers can either replicate the complicated ‘Tapisserie’ dial pattern entirely or mess the design. So, examine the dial with the utmost attention.

  • Inspect the movement

Another significant aspect you need to examine is the watch’s movement. Counterfeiters typically focus on making a timepiece look like a real deal. But they cannot replicate the internal functions of genuine and authentic timepieces.

2. Can you hear a ticking sound?

Take the watch close to your ears and see whether it is making a ticking sound. High-end Swiss watchmakers like Audemars Piguet have strived hard over the years to refine their craftsmanship. So high-quality movements powering the Swiss watches are virtually inaudible.

If you hear a ticking sound, the Audemars Piguet watch is likely a fake one.

3. Look into the hallmarks or stamps

If the Audemars Piguet’s watch you are looking at shows imperfect or unclear stamps or engravings, it is likely a fake one. However, the fact is that the technology utilised to produce replica timepieces has become so advanced that it can be challenging to differentiate between an authentic and a fake AP watch.

However, make sure to check the spelling of the brand’s name on the timepiece in question. Misspelt brand names are pretty common in counterfeit watches.

Also, look for the text fonts and colour on the case-back. Genuine Audemars Piguet watches display a bit narrower text on the case-back and has a blackened look.

4. Original box and paperwork

The original box, papers with serial number or certificate can verify the authenticity of an AP watch. They can also offer substantial insight into the timepiece’s history and quality.

However, a second hand Audemars Piguet watch may not retain its original box and papers. But it won’t signify that the timepiece is a replica.

If you are still unsure whether your AP is real or fake, it is better to consult with watch experts and verify the watch’s authenticity.

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Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph

February 15th, 2021

It pretty rare to see Audemars Piguet launching an entirely new watch collection and the luxury watch industry got to come across such an instance last year. The Le Brassus watchmaker launched the new Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 series in a limited edition of 500 pieces.

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Interestingly, the brand designed this automatic chronograph taking inspiration from a beautiful timepiece from 1943. The new chronograph is not a historical reissue. But in fact, the watch incorporates all essential components of an ultra-rare chronograph and sports a new automatic movement within a slightly bigger case.

Continue reading to find out more on the Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph. However, if you are looking to sell watches in London, call us on 0207 242 9160 today. The Luxury Hut aims to buy luxury watches of elite brands like Audemars Piguet, Rolex and more for the best price in the second-hand market.

A Classic Reborn: Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph

In the 20th century, Audemars Piguet had made only a few chronographs – only about 307 if you count. And the [Re]master01 is among the most exciting series.

AP produced the [Re]master01 in a limited number of 500pieces. The brand made only 307 chronographs between the 1930s and the 1950s. And AP has re-created just three iterations of this particular style – the pre-edition 1533 dating back to 1943.

The [Re]master01 appears very similar to the actual timepiece from 1943. However, if you look at its specifications, you will realize it is much more than that original model.

  • The watch features a hand-polished 40mm stainless steel case, a slim bezel and teardrop lugs.
  • With 40mm across, the timepiece is neither specifically thin nor thick, keeping a modern chronograph in mind.
  • The olive-shaped pushers and an 18ct pink gold chamfered crown also will capture a little bit of your attention.

Moreover, AP furnished the [Re]master01 with a gold-toned dial with pink gold seconds, minute and hour hands and contrasting blue chronograph hands.

However, the watch retains the art deco-inspired numerals like present in the original model and the unique “4|5” on the 30minutes-counter. But the watchmaker has simply rearranged the chronograph counters for improving the watch’s readability.

The features like the unusual two-tone case with case-back, lugs and case-band crafted from stainless steel and pink gold pushers, bezel and crown on this watch are similar to the original version. No doubt, the old school logo “AUDEMARS, PIGUET & CO/ GENEVE” looks cool.

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The Movement

Audemars Piguet equipped the [Re]master01 chronograph with the Calibre 4409 movement. The watchmaker has created this automatic movement maintaining the highest standards that one can expect from Audemars Piguet.

Well, this in-house movement might look pretty familiar to you. The fact is that the Calibre 4409 is an upgraded version of the Calibre 4401 that made its debut with CODE 11.59 chronograph.

However, the movement is visible through the newly fitted sapphire case-back. The Calibre 4409 comes with a satin-polished clous de Paris embellished oscillating weight made of 22ct pink gold. It offers a power reserve of 70hours.

The [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph is available in two bracelet choices – a dark brown alligator strap and a light brown hand-stitched brown calf. It retains the ethos of the original model’s era.

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The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT of 2020

September 29th, 2020

If you ask us to give you examples of avant-garde offerings from high-end Swiss watchmakers today, the first one to mention would perhaps be the AP Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT.

The brand introduced the first version of it in 2018 as a revival of the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon. The difference between the two is that the revitalised 2018 edition features asymmetric design and a flying tourbillon.

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Other features include a titanium case, black dial/movement, applied rose-gold accents and a ceramic black bezel. However, it has developed two new versions of Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT for this year.

Produced in a limited number of 30pieces, this second 2020 Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT offers a more modest vibe. Let’s today explore the exclusive features of this highly-complicated Audemars Piguet watch.

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The 2020 Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT: Features

The new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT watch of 2020 features a large sandblasted titanium case and bezel. The case measures 44mm in diameter.

  • However, the dial renounces the red-gold accents to exhibit a monotone aesthetic.
  • For instance, the logo of AP is white rather than gold. Also, the flange or “rehaut” is blue or grey in this new Royal Oak GMT instead of black.

Moreover, the watchmaker offered the balance wheel, set inside the flying tourbillon, a silver-coloured rather than gold. Also, the watch retains ceramic push-pieces and crown. And the push-piece guards are still forged out of sandblasted titanium.

The Bracelet

Audemars Piguet fitted the new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT watch with a grey or blue integrated rubber strap. Furthermore, the strap comes with an AP sandblasted titanium folding clasp. The timepiece is also available with an additional alligator strap in grey or blue.

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The Movement

The second Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT watch houses the same Calibre 2954 movement. It powers the GMT-24 function, minutes, hours and the flying tourbillon.

However, this manually-wound movement measures 35.6mm x 9.9mm. With 24 jewels and 348 components, the Calibre 2954 offers power reserve up to a massive 237hours (almost 10days) and beats at 3Hz.

Other Features

Audemars Piguet equipped the current Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT with a screw-locked crown and sapphire crystal at both front and back. The watch is water-resistant up to 100m.

However, the brand offers this new AP watch in blue or grey bridges and also, a rubber strap with one added strap, as mentioned earlier.

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Audemars Piguet Flying Tourbillon Chronograph Code 11.59

September 10th, 2020

Amidst the pandemic, Audemars Piguet not only opened its new headquarters in Switzerland but also launched its new Code 11.59 timepieces. The brand took the time to create something unique for its mainstay collections and finally, came with the new Flying Tourbillon Code 11.59 self-winding Chronograph.

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It is the first time Audemars Piguet has made efforts to combine two incredibly complex mechanisms – flyback Chronograph and flying Tourbillon. The new Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph sports an 18ct white gold case of 41mm.

The brand produced this complicated timepiece in limited numbers of just 50pieces. However, the new self-winding Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph represents the innovative approach of the brand to traditional artistry.

The New Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet offers its new high complication watch three-dimensional face design, smearing the line between movement and dial.

  • The 18ct white gold case houses a 3-D skeletonised dial and the Calibre 9252 movement.
  • However, all the design elements and the movement have over 100 hand-polished angles.

Interestingly, every design element is diligently finished by hand, followed by sand-blasting and satin-brushing.

The Transparent Case-Back

The new Flying Tourbillon Code 11.59 self-winding Chronograph comes with sapphire case-back.

  • It displays the sand-blasted and satin-brushed open-worked bridges of the Calibre 2952 movement.
  • However, the Calibre 2952 is the brand new self-winding movement of Audemars Piguet, equipped with a flyback chronograph and a flying tourbillon.
  • The brand also furnished it with rhodium-toned open-worked 22ct pink gold oscillating weight, matching the colour of the case as well as the bridge.
  • Moreover, the watch features transparent chronograph discs at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, representing the intricate mechanism.
  • On the other hand, the flying tourbillon orbits at 6 o’clock position.

Now, what adds a brilliant touch of colour are the chronograph rings, white gold hands and the blued inner bezel.

Audemars Piguet has furnished this new high complicated Chronograph with a double-curved sapphire crystal.

  • It complements the silhouette of the ultra-thin bezel of the watch exquisitely.
  • However, the Calibre 2952 is made of 40 jewels and 479 parts.

The movement offers a power reserve up to 65hours and 21,600vph frequency rate.

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A Few Examples of the AP Watches that Combine Tourbillon & Chronograph Complications

If you look at the brand’s catalogue, you will notice that Audemars Piguet has five varieties of watches that integrate the chronograph and tourbillon complications. They are –

  • The Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph – powered by the open-worked Calibre 2936 Manual movement.
  • The Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Selfwinding – powered by the open-worked Calibre 2949 self-winding movement.
  • The Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph – powered by the Calibre 2947 self-winding open-worked movement.
  • The Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph – powered by the Calibre 2936 manual movement.
  • And the latest Self-winding Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph – powered by the Calibre 2952 self-winding movement.

Interestingly, out of these five, two of the watches house a Calibre-manual type movement. The remaining timepieces are of the self-winding type, featuring movements that the brand exclusively developed for a particular watch family.

Moreover, the new Flying Tourbillon Code 11.59 self-winding Chronograph is water-resistant up to 30m. And it comes with a blue leather strap, matching the blued inner bezel.

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