AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK EXTRA-THIN REF. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02

Escapement

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robert august.

I remember 1977 vividly, I had mumps. My illness prevented me from partaking in the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Silver Jubilee. I also remember feeling very sorry for myself at having to miss the school trip to Carnforth Station Heritage Centre. It was definitely not my year. However, Audemars Piguet has chosen to celebrate 1977.

In 1972, the very first Royal Oak, penned by Gérald Genta, was released. It was the ‘first luxury sports watch’ and, surprisingly for the time, was presented in stainless steel. Subsequently, over 45 years, AP has produced several versions of the Royal Oak, including steel, platinum, alacrite, forged carbon, titanium, tantalum and, of course, gold. Some Royal Oak watches are equipped with complications, while some eschew complexity, featuring few dial indications. In 1977, the first yellow gold 39mm Royal Oak was unveiled. It was the first Royal Oak presented in noble metal. 

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