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  • Audemars Piguet is a brand born of passion. The Manufacture has

    an illustrious history that dates back to 1875, when the company was

    founded in the heart of the valle de Joux, by Jules Louis Audemars

    and Edward Auguste Piguet. Today, the Manufacture remains an

    independent family business which is still operating in Le Brassus, the

    cradle of fine watchmaking, and it is here that exceptional watches

    are born every day at the hands of virtuoso watchmakers who make

    every effort to remain pioneers in watchmaking for many years to

    come. While each watch is born from a desire for innovation, each one

    demands rare ancestral skills that Audemars Piguet is determined to

    keep alive, by passing them on to younger generations.

    Over the years, Audemars Piguet timepieces have evolved to

    represent unique reinterpretations of traditional complications,

    imbued with technological innovations, such as the Audemars Piguet

    escapement. In 2016, the brand once more presents an interesting

    suite of horological developments highlights the disruptive ideas,

    independent attitude and savoir-faire that set Audemars Piguet apart

    as a dynamic force in watchmaking today. The Manufactures different

    thinking is illuminated in a series of designs that break the rules of

    horological tradition.

    MASTERS OF THEIR GAME

    The Manufacture has learned over the years, that to break the rules

    you must first master them. Their ambassadors and friends of the

    brand are a reflection of this lesson, having reached the pinnacles

    of their chosen careers, through hard work, creativity, passion and

    independence. Ambassadors of the brand include the unquestionably

    greatest driver in the history of Formula 1 motor-racing Michael

    Schumacher, phenomenal tennis stars Serena Williams and Stanislas

    Wawrinka, one of the worlds greatest batsmen Sachin Tendulkar,

    world-class golfers Danny Willett, Darren Clarke, Bernd Wiesberger,

    Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Victor Dubuisson, Keegan Bradley, Miguel

    Angel Jimnez, Peter Uihlein, and actress Freida Pinto amongst others.

    Just two decades after the Millenary was created, Audemars Piguet

    introduces two new stunningly original designs powered by the clever

    in-house back-to-front 5205 and 5206 movements. Classic accents

    are reworked to bold effect: onyx and diamonds, gold and pearls now

    geometrically defined to create graphic dial patterns.

    MILLENARY // MAGNETIC PEARLS

    More than a century ago, seed pearls were used to decorate watch

    cases, today, Audemars Piguet underlines its contemporary approach

    to Haute Joaillerie, by transporting pearls the all-time classic jewel

    into a new horological realm. In an avant-garde re-think of traditional

    decorative techniques seed pearls light up the Millenary dial like little

    electric studs, creating a magnetic geometric weave against the

    gleaming black onyx. Each 1mm diameter pearl was hand-picked by

    expert jewellers for perfect roundness and uniform size before being

    set with exceptional precision in a traditional jewellery workshop.

    This magnificent timepiece is powered by the Manufactures hand-

    wound Calibre 5205

    The case is 18-carat white gold, and is entirely set with brilliant-cut

    diamonds. It features a glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback,

    a crown set with an onyx cabochon, and is water-resistant to 20 m.

    The dial is a work of art, with an 18-carat white gold off-centred disc

    and small seconds counter with zebra pattern, set with brilliant-cut

    diamonds and onyx, yellow gold hands. The watch has a Large square

    scale black shiny alligator strap with diamond-set 18-carat white gold

    pin buckle and an additional coloured strap. In total there are 438

    brilliant-cut diamonds gracing this exquisite design.

    It may be hard to decide which option to choose however, as this

    masterpiece comes in two version, a white gold or an 18-carat pink

    gold case. The dial of the pink gold version features an onyx off-centred

    disc and small seconds counter with white pearls, pink gold hands,

    while the bracelet is a Large square scale beige alligator strap, with

    diamond-set 18-carat pink gold pin buckle and an additional black

    shiny strap.

    EXCEPTIONAL TIMEPIECES FROM AN EXCEPTIONAL MANUFACTURE

    Audemars Piguet

    The Millenary Collection

    Millenary

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  • When Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak in 1972, luxury

    timepieces were usually small and made of gold, but the brand

    broke these rules, forever defying with conventions, with this first

    luxury sports timepiece honed from steel. Its powerful look ushered

    in a revolutionary avant-garde style, which has since become its

    trademark. Across its nigh on 50 years of its existence, this modern

    horological icon upholds the innovation and excellence embodied by

    Audemars Piguet.

    ROYAL OAK 33 / 37 MODERN MINIMALISM

    This year, the Royal Oak is revisited as Audemars Piguet opts for a

    casual take on its benchmark iconic design. Its cool character is

    enhanced with a Grande Tapisserie dial pattern and a choice of dial

    colours that give an edge to the precious metal finishings. A standout

    37 mm self-winding model powered by calibre 3120 is revealed,

    complemented by two new 33 mm quartz designs, including a model

    with a distinctively rich dark-chocolate dial, with 18-carat pink gold

    case and bracelet.

    The 33mm version is powered by a Quartz Calibre 2713 and has a total

    thickness of just 2.2mm. It has an

    18-carat pink gold case, glareproofed sapphire crystal, and is water-

    resistant to 50 m. The dial is brown with a Grande Tapisserie pattern,

    pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent

    coating. The bracelet is 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding

    clasp.

    The 37 mm version is powered by the Manufactures Selfwinding

    Calibre 3120 and a total thickness of 4.26mm. The case is 18-carat

    pink gold and has a glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback,

    screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m. The nickel-grey dial with

    Grande Tapisserie pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal

    Oak hands with luminescent coating. The bracelet is 18-carat pink gold

    bracelet with AP folding clasp.

    ROYAL OAK TONE ON TONE

    The slender, architectural form of the Royal Oak is outlined in a 33 mm

    case size and a two-tone material mix: steel and 18-carat pink gold.

    A pink gold-toned Grande Tapisserie dial beautifully underlines the

    design of this horological icon. The 33mm design is powered by the

    Quartz Calibre 2713, has a stainless steel case, glare-proofed sapphire

    crystal, 18-carat pink gold bezel, crown and links, and is water-resistant

    to 50 m. The pink gold-toned dial has white gold applied hour-markers

    and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. Complementing the

    watches tone on tone design elements, the bracelet is stainless steel

    and 18-carat pink gold with a stainless steel AP folding clasp.

    The 37 mm version has a total thickness of 4.26mm, and is powered

    by the Manufactures Selfwinding Calibre 3120. The case is stainless

    steel, and features a glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback,

    an 18-carat pink gold bezel, screw-locked crown and links, and is also

    water-resistant to 50 m.

    The dial is silver-toned with a Grande Tapisserie pattern, pink gold

    applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

    The stainless steel and 18-carat pink gold bracelet closes with a

    stainless steel AP folding clasp. Mod

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    Tone on ToneRoyal Oak 33 / 37 Modern Minimalism

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  • DaringROYAL OAK OFFSHORE CHRONOGRAPH

    With its tough case, strong-look pushpieces and chronograph function,

    the Royal Oak Offshore, created for men in 1993, complements the

    style of modern women thanks to its performance-ready credentials.

    A new Lady Tapisserie design gives the dial of this Royal Oak Offshore

    Chronograph a softer look, perfectly offsetting the 37 mm case size.

    A precise circular grain sweeps around the dial, playing with light and

    shadow. Available in two versions, the bezels, crowns and pushpieces

    (previously made in rubber) are now sleeker in steel or pink gold. Thirty-

    two brilliant-cut diamonds gracing the bezel add a glamourous touch to

    the timepieces design and there is a choice of interchangeable straps;

    a white rubber with an18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp or a black

    rubber strap with stainless steel AP folding clasp.

    ROYAL OAK 44MM TOURBILLON

    CHRONOGRAPH OPENWORKED

    The gravity-defying tourbillon, one of Haute Horlogeries most

    spectacular complications, gets special attention from the master

    watchmakers at Audemars Piguet. The scope of the new offer

    openworked, selfwinding, extra-thin features exceptional

    engineering techniques and audacious aesthetic design. The 44mm

    Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked, is powered by the Manufactures

    hand-wound Calibre 2936 and has a total thickness of 7.60mm. The

    950 platinum case, has a glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback,

    and is water-resistant to 20m. The blue, openworked dial is satin-

    brushed, and features blue counters, pink gold applied hour-markers

    and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, and a blue inner bezel.

    The bracelet is a hand-stitched large square scale blue alligator

    strap with 950 platinum AP folding clasp.

    ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE DIVER

    CHRONOGRAPH // DIVE INTO FUN

    Funky colours and daring new design elements characterise the

    new Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronographs, which are exclusively

    available in Audemars Piguet boutiques. Blackened white gold hands

    and hour-markers stand out against bright, high-contrast tangerine,

    lime, citron and blue dials which feature a Mga Tapisserie pattern.

    The diving function indicator has been highlighted for better readability

    at depths of up to 300 metres. The 42mm chronograph, with rotating

    inner bezel with dive-time indication, is powered by the Manufactures

    Selfwinding Calibre 3124/3841, has a total thickness of 7,16mm and a

    minimal guaranteed power reserve of 50 hours. The rubber strap has

    a stainless steel pin buckle. Lindsay Grubb

    Functional The Royal Oak

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    Royal Oak Offshore

    Chronograph

    Royal Oak 44mm

    Tourbillon Chronograph

    Openworked

    Royal Oak Offshore

    Diver Chronograph //

    Dive Into Fun

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