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April 21, 2012 1:25:00 PM BST

Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy

Thursday 19th April 2012 - Actor and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, Russian prima ballerina at the Scala and Bolshoi, Svetlana Zakharova and Formula 1 pilot Jarno Trulli, attended the a black tie gala dinner event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Audemars Piguet’s iconic timepiece the Royal Oak.

  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    Actor and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, and Russian prima ballerina at the Scala and Bolshoi, Svetlana Zakharova.
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    Chairman of the Board of Directors Jasmine Audemars
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    Former footballer Christian Vieri
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    Actress Carolina Crescentini
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    Model Alena Seredova
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    Jarno Trulli
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    Actress Valerian Marini
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    AC Milan footballer Maxi Lopez.
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
    Adrien Brody
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
  • Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon. The exhibition continues its journey to Milan, Italy
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Chairman of the Board of Directors Jasmine Audemars, Audemars Piguet CEO Philippe Merk, and CEO of Audemars Piguet Italia Franco Ziviani greeted more than 150 guests including the Swiss Consul in Italy General Massimo Baggi and Evelyn Genta, wife of the late Gerald Genta, the designer of the Royal Oak timepiece.

Local celebrities from sports, design and fashion as well as and international guests and press enjoyed a gastronomy dinner held in the garden of the Old Fashion Café, in the heart of Parco Sempione in Milan. One hundred and thirty special guests attended, enjoying a menu specially created by the chefs of the multi-starred restaurant Da Vittorio, wines from Château Malartic-Lagravière and Laurent-Perrier champagne. At 23.00, more than 300 guests were escorted to the after dinner party where they enjoyed music played by DJ Graziano della Nebbia.

To break The Rules, You Must First Master Them
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its iconic watch the Royal Oak, the Swiss watchmaker from Le Brassus Audemars Piguet, prepared a unique travelling exhibition launched in New York in March. Its second stop is in Milan from 17 to 22 April, coinciding with the week of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the most important event of the year for design professionals and enthusiasts, and chose as its location the Triennale di Milano, the place to be in Milan when it comes to design.

Using design, photography, sound and film from three unequivocally 21st century artists, Sebastien Leon Agneessens, digital artist Quayola and photographer 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. Visitors also had the opportunity to see invaluable memorabilia dating back to the beginning of the seventies as well as to visit a watchmaker’s area including a brocading dial machine where they can closely observe the artistry of Audemars Piguet’s craftsmen.

After Milan, the exhibit will travel in 2012 to Paris (June 6th to 10th), Beijing (August), Singapore (October), and Dubai (December).