Audemars Piguet, on the occasion of EXPO 2015, pays tribute to Milan and to Italy , in its beauty and its distinctive lifestyle with a special limited edition of the Royal Oak Chronograph.
The brand celebrated the launch of the new watch with a party in the spectacular setting of the Cinema Manzoni in Milan.
The watch was presented at the stroke of midnight by the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Audemars Piguet, Olivier Audemars, who said: “I’m proud to be here with you this evening, a very important moment for Italy with the Expo opening of tomorrow, one of the most important internationally cultural events. I’m also very proud to present the new Royal Oak Chronograph Limited Edition, as a tribute to Milan and Italy. A tribute indeed well deserved, since Italy has always played an important role for Audemars Piguet. Just think of the contribution it has made to the creation and launch of the Royal Oak in 1972, a revolutionary product at the time – was in fact the first luxury steel watch, even more expensive than gold watches – has now become the product icon our brand.”
The new Royal Oak Chronograph Limited Edition is a clock available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, accompanied by a specially handmade box which contains a metal plate which reproduces the back of the watch with the Italian tricolor. In addition, within the precious package, it’s a hand-sewn alligator strap blue “in large scales.”
A clock featuring fine details, such as indices of the counter 30 minutes that reflect the colors of the Italian flag, a rubber strap, a true singularity, and the engrave on the back which says Swiss Made Limited Edition.
The Grande Tapisserie decoration, characteristic of the entire Royal Oak collection, decorates the dial through a rare process that allows to realize simultaneously cutting the square and the network structure of the furrows that will fit. It’s a decoration that occurs with the use of old machines according to the prior guilloche, able to confer to a quadrants brilliance without equal.
This limited edition reveals the subtle and the alternation of the polished and satin surface, also, the eight hexagonal screws of the octagonal bezel are in white gold. The Royal Oak is impermeable up to 50 meters and the steel case, measuring 41 mm, has a sapphire crystal.