This exquisite white gold dress piece couldn't be any further removed from the bulky brute of the Royal Oak Offshore line, or even the standard Royal Oak that Audemars Piguet is perhaps most commonly known for amongst today's collectors. And that's why we love it!
Once upon a time, the manufacture from Le Brassus was known for creating truly superlative luxury timepieces with an emphasis on beauty over brawn. Pieces such as this one, a Reference 5419, prove that fact.
Featuring an oversized case crafted out of 18K yellow gold, it measures 35mm by 41mm with a thin profile and softly rounded edges. Its eye-catching gold sunburst dial highlights large 'exploding' printed roman indices and pencil hands. Virtually unworn and fitted on its original mint condition patent black leather strap, it's a beauty perfect to wear for a night out on the town.
Oh, and did we mention that it is powered by the very same Calibre 2121 automatic winding movement that found fame in the first series 'Jumbo' Royal Oak?
Hyperbole aside, this is an absolutely spectacular and rare example of an Audemars Piguet dress piece - it is a statement, a gem, and one of the loveliest things that has ever come through our hands!
The Audemars Piguet Story
There are certain watches that define a brand, informing its design ethos and becoming nothing short of iconic in the minds of collectors.
For Audemars Piguet, that watch is the Royal Oak—in all its multitudinous incarnations. Yet the manufacture from Le Brassus did not earn its seat in the triumvirate of leading watch brands—the so-called Big Three—on the success of the Royal Oak alone.
In fact, both Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet came from long lines of watchmakers, and made their reputations long before the Royal Oak was conceived. Their reputations rested on their ability to create incredibly elegant timepieces in numerous styles.
Though they may not have had catchy names like the Royal Oak, or boasted complicated movements like the present-day Jules Audemars collection, their vintage dress watches nevertheless captures the attention to detail that Audemars Piguet has come to be known for.
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