Saturday, 29 September 2012

Audemars Piguet 40th Anniversary Exhibition in Singapore in Oct 2012


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hope alls well with watch lovers around the world :) anyways, for all watch lovers in Singapore, do drop down to the now defunct Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on Oct 10-14 for the 40th Anniversary Exhibition of the Royal Oak if u r keen to find out more about the wonderful history of it. Designed by Genta and for me, his best watch design. 

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Note what follows is my opinion... i believe the the Royal Oak is the best steel sports watch to buy in the S$10-16k range. If you have a budget of around 10-15, then the 15300 in the low teens will be a great buy if the size and looks do it for you. if you want something newer and bigger, then the 15400 at below S$16k is a very nice piece too. And if you were to step up the budget range to the S$16-20k-ish range (depending on newness and condition and source), a base Royal Oak Offshore like the themes black is a great steel sports watch to own. i prefer the ones with the arabics than the stick markers personally.
my watch... LOVE IT! ;)
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check out the collection here
http://www.audemarspiguet.com/en/watch-collection/royal-oak

some of the newer openworked squelette pieces
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and do register for the guided tour too if u want to be poisoned more effectively ;) 
http://www.audemarspiguet.com/s/ro40y-register/
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 all watch lovers should have an Audemars Piguet ;)
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ROYAL OAK 40 YEARS THE JOURNEY OF AN ICONIC TIMEPIECE TO BREAK THE RULES, YOU MUST FIRST MASTER THEM.

To break the rules, you must first master them - 40 years ago, Audemars Piguet broke all rules of fine watchmaking when in 1972 it introduced the ground-breaking design of the Royal Oak, an unprecedented steel watch and the first luxury sports watch in Haute Horlogerie. No one could have predicted anything whatsoever regarding its legendary destiny when it was launched. 40 years on, the Royal Oak not only became one of the brand’s signature pieces but it is also one of the world’s most recognisable timepieces.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet’s iconic Royal Oak, the Swiss Manufacture from Le Brassus has put together a unique, ephemeral exhibition. Using design, photography, sound and film from three unequivocally 21st century artists, Sebastien Leon Agneessens, Quayola and Dan Holdsworth, the Manufacture curated an exhibition of 100 exceptional timepieces set against the backdrop that underscores Audemars Piguet’s origins, mastery and artistry. These rare watches, from the very first Royal Oak in 1972 to the latest models are presented to showcase the brand’s ability to innovate and create, illustrating how the Royal Oak became the icon it is today.

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Apart from the 100 iconic Royal Oak timepieces and invaluable memorabilia dating back to the beginning of the 70s, the exhibition features a working guillochage machine with a highly skilled watchmaker, a watchmaker working on two Royal Oak movements, a magnifying video camera linked to a video monitor embedded in the counter, as well as four exploded views of the watches. Visitors will be treated to a whole new level of interactive experience as they witness the beating heart of the skilled craftsmanship in assembling Audemars Piguet’s finest movements.

As part of the celebration of the forty regal years, the newly launched limited edition Royal Oak Leo Messi Chronograph case no. 10 in platinum and tantalum, will be displayed for the first time in Singapore. This exclusive piece will be auctioned off at the end of the exhibition run, with proceeds going to the Leo Messi Foundation. Other highlights include the Royal Oak Grande Complication which was specially created in 1998 for the founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Lalibert√© and the Royal Oak Concept as an avant-garde tribute to the Royal Oak’s 30 years of watchmaking revolution.


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The Royal Oak 40 Years Exhibition will culminate its worldwide tour in Singapore from 10 – 14 October 2012 at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, following the showcase in New York, Milan, Paris, Geneva and Beijing. Guided tours will be available to enhance the exhibition experience. Shuttles buses will be available from the Audemars Piguet boutique at Liat Tower and Tanjong Pagar MRT (Exit B). Admission to the Royal Oak Exhibition is free. 


cheers, raph
 
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[images in this post copyright of Audemars Piguet except for the one with my (c) on it]

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