The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph.
This is a wristwatch that’s so known to several of you, it may not require much of an analysis — but this is HODINKEE and you’ll be able to think you’re gonna get you. The Royal Oak Chronograph is a wristwatch which has tens of thousands of fans all over the world, and a couple of detractors, also. The ROC, since I will call it henceforth, is something of a middle ground between two completely different Audemars Piguet buyers — the collectors, and, well, everyone else. The Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore families often appeal to quite different people, but I will get to that soon. In this short article, I tackle a mainstay at the AP lineup, and an intriguing piece of haute horology, though one without its own in-house movement. I’ll look at just how this 41mm column-wheel, vertical clutch chronograph wears, and if the issue of where the movement came out of is even something worth noting in any way. This is the HODINKEE Week About The Wrist with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph, and it’s one worth spending some time with.AP is a truly unique watch manufacture. It is among the very few global haute horology brands which stays in the hands of its founding family, with several members of their Audemars family still sitting on its board. But, the possession of AP isn’t always the most interesting facet of this 175 year old manufacture — the question that matters is that buys AP’s watches?
Now this is a nice little story that will warm that hearts of all watch lovers. For years Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty Chronograph Dlc Ceramic 44m Replica (among other high-end watch brands) have been featured in the HBO series Entourage. Co-star Jeremy Piven’s character Ari Gold wore at least a few Audemars Piguet watches.
Most recently we was wearing a solid 18k rose gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph (ref. 25960OR.OO.1185OR.01). I believe this is the piece shown in the article. I actually haven’t been able to catch all of Entourage’s final season 8 get get the full story on Gold getting the watch. OK, that is all nice and good, but such Hollywood watch placements are common. The fun news is that the show’s creator Doug Ellin gifted Piven the watch to keep as a token of his gratitude for Piven’s role in the series.
It just goes to show how a watch still makes an excellent and sentimental gift. The rose gold Royal Oak Chronograph retails for about $50,000 I believe. Enjoy the last season of the show and look out for nice watches on the large (or little) screen.