(1993) AUDE­MARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFF­SHORE

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The Le Bras­sus- based brand launched the Off­shore model, an off­shoot of the über- suc­cess­ful Royal Oak luxury sports watch, at the 1993 edi­tion of the Basel Fair. And, in lis­ten­ing to the brand ex­ec­u­tives to­day, you get the sense that they felt al­most the same way they did in 1972 when they launched the orig­i­nal Royal Oak. Would the watch­mak­ing world and, more im­por­tantly, the col­lec­tors and con­nois­seurs of haute hor­logerie ac­cept such an enor­mous time­piece? His­tory shows they not only ac­cepted the beefed up ver­sion of the Royal Oak de­signed by Em­manuel Gueit, but wel­comed it with open arms. And so be­gan the era of Hulk watches…

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