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Audemars Piguet: A Compelling Blend of Innovation and High-Art Watchmaking

Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer and belongs to a group known as the “Big Three” of Swiss watchmaking, which includes Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.

Established in 1875, this watch manufacturer is still in the hands of its founding families – the Audemars and Piguet. Since its conception, the company has nurtured generations of highly talented craftspeople. Today, they continue to develop new skills and innovative techniques which lead to rule-breaking trends.

The brand’s most famous model is the AP Royal Oak which is currently celebrating 50 years. This revolutionary timepiece has turned into a cultural icon within and beyond watchmaking. The Royal Oak (Model 5402) was the first high-end steel sporty timepiece with a hand-finished case and housed the thinnest self-winding movement with date indications of its time.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept was a high-tech approach to the high art of watchmaking. Watch enthusiasts and collectors looking for high-end luxury timepieces with unique, innovative designs will find Audemars Piguet the perfect watch brand.

History of Audemars Piguet Watches

In 1875, Audemars Piguet was founded by childhood friends and watchmakers Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet. They developed complex mechanisms that made huge improvements in a watches’ precision at the time.

In 1892, the company created the first minute repeater wristwatch. By 1899, Audemars Piguet released their first pocket watch collection, the AP Grand Complication. This collection features a minute repeater, alarm perpetual calendar, deadbeat seconds, chronograph, and split-seconds hand.

During the early-mid 1900s, the company continued to push for innovation within the watch industry. In 1925, they released the thinnest pocket watch caliber. In 1946, the thinnest watch with a 1.64-mm-thick movement was released, making it lighter and more convenient.

The first Audemars Piguet perpetual calendar wristwatch was released in 1957.

In the 1970s, the mechanical watchmakers faced the quartz crisis. For this reason, the company found new ways to stand out against the competition. This is when they developed a new collection of watches in partnership with Gerald Genta, a famed Swiss watch designer and artist.

In 1972, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was born. Different from the other timepieces on the market, it boasts a daring design with a round dial within an octagonal bezel. Thanks to its gorgeous and innovative design, it has become one of the most iconic watches.

The Royal Oak cemented Audemars Piguet’s standing as the top luxury sports watch manufacturer. Since then, the brand has continued to innovate with its new collections.  To this day, this fine watchmaking company is still family-owned, making it unique in the watchword.

FAQs

How Much Does a Pre-Owned Audemars Piguet Watch Cost?

Pre-owned Audemars Piguet watches or AP watches have a wide range of prices. This brand typically sells between S$11,230 to S$533,992. Vintage timepieces from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s sell for less than S$3,500.

If you’re looking for an AP Royal Oak timepiece, you’ll have to be prepared to pay between S$16,611 and S$533,000 onwards. A more affordable model, which is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 66270SA costs around S$5,400 on the private sales market.

The Code 11.59 is the newest collection of the AP watch family and it sells between S$38,281 and S$108,438 on the private sales market. One of the most popular AP watch models is the Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Automatic Pink Gold 15210OR which typically sells at S$40,600 onwards on the private sales market.

What Are the Best Audemars Piguet Watch Models?

  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak: The most famous AP watch from the AP family. The AP Royal Oak’s design boasts an octagonal bezel that resembles a ship’s porthole. Its refined hand-polished and satin-brushed finishes add aesthetic appeal. Among the most sought-after models is the Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202ST.
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore: Offers a more powerful and sportier take on the Royal Oak collection. The “Mega-Tapisserie” dial boosts the timepiece’s sporty look. Plus, its generous 42-mm diameter paved the way for large-sized watches. 
  • Audemars Pigue Code 11.59: Audemars Piguet launched Code 11.59 in 2019 and it is an entirely new collection with a contemporary revolution of a classic round watch. One of the most popular AP watch models is the Code 11.59 Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm.

Are Pre-Owned Audemars Piguet Watches a Good Investment?

Yes, Audemars Piguet watches are a good investment since they hold their value very well. In fact, they are more valuable than many other luxury watches. Most of its timepiece collections also appreciate in value as the years go by.

For instance, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 26331OR Chronograph 41 Pink Gold has a retail price of around S$68,200 at accredited retail stores in Singapore. A pre-owned Audemars Piguet watch currently sells at S$178,000 onwards on the private sales market while you can expect to pay S$258,500 from a secondary market dealer.

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