On the opening night of 9th October, the Manufacture hosted an invitation-only cocktail gala for 400 guests, many of whom traveled from the region to attend. The art deco architecture of Singapore's decommissioned Tanjong Pagar Railway Station sets an enchanting backdrop for the 40th Anniversary celebration of the design icon. Equally boasting of a rich illustrious history through time, the railway station was the befitting venue to showcase the evolution of the Royal Oak over the decades. The ebullient spirit of the gala reception extended to the railway platform also saw Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blaskow serenading guests under the starry open sky with her unique sound notes. Colourful bright lights from the stage, which was specially set up atop the railway tracks, illuminated the old tiles and interior of the railway station.
Three nights of gaiety followed, as Audemars Piguet strengthened its relationships with the local retailers and loyal customers through the private cocktail receptions.
Opened to the public from 10th to 14th October, the exhibition was met with a warm and well-received response, with a high and steady flow of people streaming into the railway station to check out the exhibition each day. Special appreciation sessions were conducted with the supercars clubs, where Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati car owners enjoyed a privileged guided tour and tea reception. Students from Art Schools in Singapore were invited to immerse in the artistic ambience and to understand the art and design codes of the exhibition.
After 40 years, the allure of the Royal Oak is retained and this speaks volumes for itself as a true classic and icon in the watchmaking industry. The year-long celebration of the iconic timepiece ended with a royal success and remains a significant milestone in the watchmaking history.