The Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Exhibition

  • FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICON

    Design, photography and film come together for a stellar Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Worldwide Exhibition.

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  • FROM THE EXHIBITION

    Discover unforgettable moments in pictures and videos that illustrate the various events of this iconic exhibition.

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  • Absolute perfection can never be reached

    London based Quayola investigates and explores the possibilities offered by photography, geometry, sculpture and audiovisual installations to create unpredictable works of art.

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  • Excellence is a fellow traveler

    In his multi-channel sound installation piece Between Now and Then, Sebastien Leon Agneessens proposes a new experience of time.

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  • Time is the final judge of excellence

    Dan Holdsworth photographic work documents the Vallée de Joux at its stillest hours.

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Current Exhibition:

  • Singapore

    Railway Station - Tanjong Pagar (Free admission)
    30 Keppel Road, Singapore

    October 10 - 14 2012

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A Journey through the origins of an iconic timepiece

From Avant-Garde to Icon

Design, photography, sound and film come together for a stellar Royal Oak 40th anniversary worldwide exhibition. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Audemars Piguet’s iconic timepiece Royal Oak, the world’s first ever luxury sports timepiece which sparked a complete paradigm shift in the watch industry, the Swiss Manufacture from Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux has put together a unique, ephemeral exhibition.

40Years

Using design, photography, sound and film from three unequivocally 21st century artists, Sebastien Leon Agneessens, Quayola and Dan Holdsworth, the Manufacture has curated an exhibition of 100 exceptional timepieces set against the backdrop of a stage that underscores Audemars Piguet’s origins, mastery and artistry.

Born amid a climate of artistic experimentation, the Royal Oak dared to overturn far more conformist customs of mechanical watchmaking.

Jasmine Audemars
Jasmine Audemars,
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors
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Gérald Genta will be remembered for his visionary spirit and passion for watchmaking tradition, to which his contribution is unparalleled.

Gerald Genta
Gerald Genta,
Designer of the original Royal Oak
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The fifteen iconic Royal Oaks

40 years. 15 moments in time.

From Avant-Garde to Icon, journey through time with a spirit that endures.

The fifteen iconic Royal Oaks

  • It Was to Change the Face of Modern Watchmaking

    Designed virtually overnight by the brilliant and experienced stylist Gérald Genta, the Royal Oak was a bold response to a request for an “unprecedented steel watch.” Initially met with a blend of astonishment and contempt, the Royal Oak soon established itself as an iconic model that was to change the face of modern watchmaking.

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    Royal Oak
    Perpetual Calendar Pocket Watch from 1918
    #1

    The Original Royal Oak

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 38.8 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes
    Case
    Stainless Steel Case
    Dial
    Dark blue dial with "Petite Tapisserie" pattern
    Bracelet
    Stainless Steel Bracelet

    Calibre

    Type
    Selfwinding Calibre 2121
    Diameter
    28.40mm
  • The World’s Thinnest Model of Its Kind

    The first Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar caliber 2120/2800 was designed to be the world’s thinnest model of its kind, endowed with a mechanical memory taking account of all calendar variations including months and leap year and requiring no manual intervention before the year 2100.

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    #2

    Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 39 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes, Perpetual calendar with day, date, moon phases, months
    Case
    Stainless Steel Case
    Dial
    Opaline rhodium plated dial, applied hour-marker, white gold hands
    Bracelet
    Stainless Steel Bracelet

    Calibre

    Type
    Selfwiding Calibre 2120/2800
    Diameter
    28.4mm
  • Day and Date, Powered Like Never Before

    Featuring a white dial with secondary dials for day and date displays at 9 and 3 o’clock framing a moon-phase display at 6, all powered by an entirely in-housed developed mechanism, this highly successful model offered an excellent alternative to the perpetual calendar movement.

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    Royal Oak
    Selfwinding Calibre 2124/2825
    #3

    Royal Oak Day Date

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 36 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes, days of the week, pointer-type simple calendar display and moon phases
    Case
    Stainless Steel Case
    Dial
    Silvered dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating
    Bracelet
    Stainless Steel Bracelet

    Calibre

    Type
    Selfwinding Calibre 2124/2825
    Diameter
    26.6mm
  • Elegant, Unassuming, the World’s First Tantalum Case

    Elegantly understated thin quartz model without seconds hand. The case features a world-first use of tantalum, a non-allergenic material ensuring a soft warm feeling on the wrist and which changes color according to the degree of oxidation induced by the climate where it is worn.

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    Royal Oak
    Quartz Calibre 2612
    #4

    Royal Oak Quartz

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 33 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes, date
    Case
    Stainless steel and tantalum case
    Dial
    Tantalum dial with "Petite Tapisserie" pattern, white gold applied hour-markers
    Bracelet
    Stainless steel and tantalum bracelet

    Calibre

    Type
    Quartz Calibre 2612
    Diameter
    21.1mm
  • Flying in the Face of Convention

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak, the first Royal Oak Offshore flew in the face of the prevailing craze for extra-thin watch cases with fully integrated movements. The concept behind this model designed to cater to the tastes of extreme sports enthusiasts was the “deconstructed” approach to the timepiece, intended to reveal how it was built and its key elements.

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    #5

    Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 42 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
    Case
    Stainless Steel Case
    Dial
    Blue dial with "petite tapisserie" pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
    Bracelet
    Stainless Steel Bracelet

    Calibre

    Type
    Selfwinding Calibre 2226/2840
    Diameter
    29.9mm
  • The Original Platinum-Iridium Selfwinding System

    When launching the first Royal Oak selfwinding tourbillon watch, Audemars Piguet gave pride of place to a larger and lighter titanium tourbillon cage ensuring additional precision and a larger 54-hour power reserve. This model has a caseback-side winding crown and a platinum-iridium hammer-winding system to ensure the full visibility of the tourbillon at all times.

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    Royal Oak
    Selfwinding Calibre 2875
    #6

    Royal Oak Tourbillon

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 40 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes at 12 o’clock, pointer-type date display at 3 o’clock, tourbillon at 6 o’clock, power reserve at 9 o’clock.
    Case
    18-carat pink gold case
    Dial
    White dial with "petite tapisserie" pattern
    Bracelet
    18-carat pink gold bracelet

    Calibre

    Type
    Selfwinding Calibre 2875 with hammer system
    Diameter
    32.6mm
  • Hundreds of Intricacies, Months in the Making

    The Royal Oak celebrated its 25th birthday with a Grande Complication model comprising three major complex mechanisms: perpetual calendar with moon-phase display, a perfectly tuned minute repeater, and a chronograph with split-second function. The unique piece on display was specifically created for the founder of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté.

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    Royal Oak Grande Complication
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    Selfwinding Calibre 2885

  • The Perfect Blend of Performance and Sophistication

    The Royal Oak Concept was an avant-garde tribute to Royal Oak’s 30 years of a watchmaking revolution, an authentic “lab watch” embodying absolute performance through a blend of technical sophistication and extreme resistance. The case is the first ever to borrow a superalloy from the aeronautical industry: alacrite 602, the hardest material available at the time.

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    Royal Oak
    Hand-wound Caliber 2896
    #8

    Royal Oak Concept Watch

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 44mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes, power reserve in units around the barrel circumference at 3 o’clock, function selector via an additional pushpiece at 4 o’clock and function indicator at 6 o’clock, tourbillon at 9 o’clock and dynamograph at 12 o’clock.
    Case
    Case-middle and caseback in 602 alacrite, bezel in titanium
    Dial
    Dial composed of the mainplate, inner bezel ring with minute track and hour-markers
    Bracelet
    Kevlar® strap

    Calibre

    Type
    Hand-wound calibre 2896
    Diameter
    29.9mm
  • The First Ever Forged Carbon Case

    Symbolizing the brand’s partnership with Team Alinghi in the America’s Cup, this was the first ever watch with a case made from forged carbon by means of a patented production process stemming from sophisticated research and development. The goal was to use a material similar to the high-tech materials used on modern sailing boats.

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    Royal Oak
    Selfwinding Calibre 2326/2848
    #9

    Royal Oak Offshore "Alinghi Team"

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 44 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes, small seconds, "flyback" chronograph, 20 minutes and 6 hours counters, regatta 10 minute countdown
    Case
    Forged carbon case and bezel, ceramic pushbuttons and crown, caseback stamped with a motif depicting the team in action and engraved with the legend "Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team Limited Edition"
    Dial
    Black dial with "Méga Tapisserie" pattern, red Alignhi logo, luminescent hour-markers and hands
    Bracelet
    Vulcanized rubber with integrated case links

    Calibre

    Type
    Selfwinding Calibre 2326/2848
    Diameter
    29.9mm
  • Inspired by an Automobile and a Racing Champion

    Audemars Piguet's well-established ties with the field of motor sports, and especially its partnership with racing champion Rubens Barrichello, are honored in this chronograph with a dedicated design that includes pushpieces resembling air extractors, pedal-shaped lugs, a high-mech crown and a flange resting on the hour-markers much like a low-slung racing car hugs the ground.

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    Royal Oak
    Selfwinding Calibre 2326/2840
    #10

    Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello Chronograph

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 42 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph with sweep seconds hands 30 minute and 12 hours counters, tachometric ring
    Case
    Titanium case, ceramic bezel and pushbuttons, 3D wheel-shaped medallion bearing the inscription "Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition Rubens Barrichello"
    Dial
    Black dial with "Méga Tapisserie Racing" pattern, counter hands in the colours of the Brazilian flag (green, yellow and blue)
    Bracelet
    Black "Anfibio" leather strap with titanium AP folding clasp

    Calibre

    Type
    Selfwinding Calibre 2326/2840
    Diameter
    29.9mm
  • An Evolved Equation of Time

    Ten years after releasing the first Equation of Time watch, Audemars Piguet presented this exceptional timepiece combining four celestial high complications: a perpetual calendar, a precision display of the lunar cycle, the equation of time (which displays the difference between “true” solar time and conventional time), and civil sunrise and sunset times.

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    Royal Oak
    Selfwinding Calibre 2120/2808
    #11

    Royal Oak Equation of Time

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 42 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes, sunrise and sunset times, equation of time, perpetual calendar, astronomical moon,
    Case
    18-carat pink gold case, Glareproofed sapphire crystal and casbeack, screw-locked crown
    Dial
    Silvered dial with "Grande Tapisserie" pattern, gold applied hour-markers with luminescent coating, gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
    Bracelet
    Brown strap, hand-stitched "large square scale" crocodile with 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp

    Calibre

    Type
    Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2120/2808
    Diameter
    28.4mm
  • A Reflection of Light, Dedicated to Diamonds

    The Royal Oak, dedicated in its entirety to diamonds. To create this watch, the master-jewelers of Le Brassus select only the purest completely colorless diamonds. The lapidaries then craft them one by one, shaping a customized baguette cut while achieving proportions that enable an ideal reflection of the light and impeccable brilliance through 37.76 carats.

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    #12

    Royal Oak Transparency & Purity

    Watch Specs

    Details

    • Case Width 33 mm

    Specifications

    Function
    Hours, minutes
    Case
    18-carat white gold case entirely set with diamonds, sapphire crystal, crown set with a rose-cut diamond
    Dial
    Diamond-paved dial, blackened gold hands
    Bracelet
    18-carat white gold bracelet entirely set with diamonds with AP folding clasp
    Setting
    444 baguette-cut diamonds, ~32.91 carats (case, bezel, crown, bracelet) - 76 baguette-cut diamonds, ~4.85 carats (dial)

    Calibre

    Type
    Quartz Calibre 2712
    Diameter
    21.1mm
  • A Reimagined Tribute to the Original

    This re-interpretation of the genuine Extra-Thin Royal Oak comes as close as possible to the original with the radiant "Petite Tapisserie" dial motif and the AP logo at 6 o’clock, the distinctive blue color of the dial, and the signature seamlessly integrated Royal Oak bracelet with its perfectly assembled links and studs arranged in progressively diminishing order of size.

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    Royal Oak
    Selfwinding Calibre 2121
    #13

    Extra-Thin Royal Oak

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  • Setting the Stage for Openworking

    The extra-thin selfwinding Caliber 5122 adorned with an anthracite color sets the stage for the openworking that extends right through to its suspended barrel. The meticulous attention to details is expressed by the various surfaces graced with traditional finishes such as polishing, satin brushing, circular satin brushing and hand-drawn file strokes.

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    #14

    Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak – 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

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  • Capturing the Aura Surrounding the Royal Oak

    This 40th anniversary limited edition is in platinum to accentuate the aura surrounding the Royal Oak. It embodies the collection’s powerful aesthetic codes inspired by diving-suit helmets. Its openworked extra-thin hand-wound movement is fitted with the most emblematic of all complex watch mechanisms, the tourbillon, while its back features a 70-hour power-reserve indication.

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    #15

    Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak Tourbillon

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Dates & Locations

  • New York, 40th Royal Oak Anniversary
    Park Avenue Armory (free admission)
    March 21 - 24 2012
    643 Park Avenue
    New York City 10065 (212) 744-8180 View Map
    March 21st, 10am to 4pm
    March 22nd, 10am to 4pm
    March 23rd, 10am to 4pm
    March 24th, 10am to 10pm

    The New York opening

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  • 40th Royal Oak Anniversary
    Triennale Design Museum (Free Admission)
    April 17 - 22 2012
    Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6
    Milan 20121 +39 02 724341 View Map
    16-22 April
    Open 10.30 a.m. - 8.30 p.m.
    Thursday open until 11 p.m.

    THE EXHIBITION CONTINUES ITS JOURNEY TO MILAN, ITALY

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  • Royal Oak 40th Anniversary
    Palais de Tokyo - Saut du Loup, private space (free admission)
    June 6 - 10 2012
    13 Avenue du Président Wilson
    Paris 75116 +33 1 47 20 00 29 ‎ View Map
    6-10 June
    Open from noon to midnight
    Wednesday open from 01:00 p.m. to midnight

    Exhibition moments

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  • Royal Oak 40th Anniversary
    UCCA (free admission)
    August 30 - September 3 2012
    798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100015 View Map

    Exhibition moments

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