Audemars Piguet | Royal Oak | Lac de Joux | 20 pieces Limited Edition
|Title||Audemars Piguet | Royal Oak | Lac de Joux|
|Edition||Edition of 20 signed art prints|
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ROYAL OAK, C-SERIES, REF. 5402 (1972)
Founded by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in Le Brassus in 1875, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak in 1972 and it was a game-changer for the luxury watch industry. Designed by the legendary Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak was the first luxury steel watch with integrated bracelet. Priced at a level above gold watches, it was a polarizing watch and it was unknown whether it would be a success.
However, the watch quickly gained popularity and the first 2,000 in the "A-Series" sold out. Audemars Piguet then made additional watches in the "B-Series" and "C-Series", with all being numbered on the case back. This particular example comes from the "C-Series", but notably features a dial with "AP" located above 6 o'clock.
This dial was found on the A-Series watches and some were placed on B-Series and C-Series watches. An icon of watch design, the original Royal Oak reference 5402ST continues to gain popularity with collectors. This example is notable for its original condition and the fact it has the same dial as found on the original A-Series Royal Oaks.
[This artwork is not affiliated in any way to the Audemars Piguet company and brand, it is part of a large art collection in homage to the Swiss watchmaking heritage including multiple Swiss timepieces and watch companies]
|Printing technique||Premium pigment inks on acid-free Hahnemühle fine art paper|
|Printing house||Atelier WOCS, Genève|
|Authentification||Certificate of authenticity|