Audemars Piguet watches, with their reputation as status symbols, find their place in the world of luxury. It became a favorite with many celebrities and top athletes around the world, many of whom serve as brand ambassadors. The Audemars Piguet family includes the world’s best Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, tennis player, Novak Djokovic, basketball superstar, LeBron James, and the best footballer on the planet, Lionel Messi.
During its early years in production, the Swiss manufacturer hired a large number of employees and produced over 1,200 watches. Audemars Piguet immediately earned a remarkable reputation because of the strict criteria imposed by Audemars and Piguet, which enabled only the highest quality items entering the industry. Here’s a list of the best Audemars Piguet watches.
1. Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Yellow Gold
One of the best Audemars Piguet watches around is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Yellow Gold Watch. It has a yellow gold housing with a width of 41mm and a case and bracelet with thorough interchanging finishes that make its “package” quite breathtaking. More importantly, the self-winding watch incorporates one of the most valuable complications in horology: a perpetual calendar.
The case and stationary bezel are both made of 18 karat gold. It has a thickness of 9.5mm and a diameter of 41mm, putting it in the category of “ultra-thin” pieces. Both the case and the bezel have lovely alternating finishes that add to the overall appeal of the watch. Their front sides are brushed, and the edges are beveled and polished for added luster. Audemars Piguet normally used sapphire with anti-reflective treatment for the crystal, which is also visible on the case’s back transparent section. When it comes to water resistance, the piece with a screwed-in crown engraved with the brand’s logo is good for 20 meters. The watch’s yellow gold case complements its dashing deep blue dial, which is further enhanced with a Grand Tapisserie pattern.
This decoration features square-shaped elements raised from the basic surface, as well as additional tiny elements in both the background and those sections. The hour markers, as well as the outlines and pointers of its calendar counters, are made of yellow gold. The watch is powered by the Calibre 5134. Caliber 2120 serves as the foundation for the self-winding caliber. The manufacture caliber is 29mm wide and remarkably thin, measuring only 4.31mm in thickness.
2. Millenary QEII Cup 2013
Audemars Piguet developed a limited edition of a stunning watch that exemplifies a breathtaking blend of classic elegance, high-end luxury, and mechanical perfection. The Millenary QEII Cup 2013 Limited Edition watch embodies the spirit of the prestigious event, which takes place each spring at the Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. The said event attracted royalty and the social elite from around the world.
Its 18-carat white gold case and buckles are set with 339 brilliant-cut diamonds that are aesthetically arranged in two rows. Its dial displays an amazing set of sparkling stones – 139 brilliant-cut diamonds, all of which are of Internally Flawless clarity, demonstrating the brand’s designers’ strong expertise. Its exquisite dial consisted of a diamond-paved off-centered disc with stylish Roman numerals and a silvered guilloché gold outer part with printed Arabic numerals in various sizes embodies a modern reinterpretation of the timeless elegance. The white gold numerals and central hands have been blackened to match the hand-stitched black crocodile leather strap.
The watch is powered by a self-winding mechanism made by Manufacture Calibre 3120. This magnificent movement oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. It has a power reserve of up to 60 hours and is visible through a sapphire crystal case-back.
3. Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2012
The Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2012 Watch is a high-end watch that combines the brand’s technological expertise with the highest sport elegance. The striking 42mm stainless steel case reflects the iconic aesthetic codes of the Royal Oak line. The blue, hand-sewn “Hornback” crocodile strap accented with red stitching is a notable appearance of the watch. The dial is also decorated in French national colors. It is white with a “Méga Tapisserie” motif and two blue sub-dials (the 30 minutes counter at 9 o’clock and the 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock). White is used for the small second sub-dial at 12 o’clock.
The dial also has luminescent blue Arabic numerals and white gold Royal Oak hands with a red luminescent coating. The tachymeter scale is inscribed on the white inner bezel ring. A round date aperture is located at 3 o’clock. Its precise performances are provided by an in-house Calibre 3126/3840 self-winding movement with 60 hours power reserve. Its case back is engraved with the Tour Auto logo, the Royal Oak Offshore logo, and the inscription “Edition limitée.” The sapphire-crystal coating on the watch makes it water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet).
Audemars Piguet watches are highly esteemed timepieces that have been on the market for so many years. The watches are well-known for a variety of reasons, including their one-of-a-kind design and high quality. They stand out due to the high quality of the materials and techniques used in their creation.