MATCH POINT Not all time­pieces are made equal, Aude­mars Piguet’s Royal Oak, is the ex­cep­tion. By Amy Yas­mine.

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If you’re some­one like me who loves es tak­ing style notes from the menswear r shows, then it’s only quite nat­u­ral to have watch man­u­fac­ture Aude­mars Piguet on your wish list. Un­less, of course, you’re able to steal if off your sig­nif­i­cant other. Or match it up, as in the case of power cou­ple Bey­oncé and Jay Z who sport his ’n’ her Royal Oak time­pieces – and rap lyri­cally about the brand in their mu­sic.c. “The sporty aes­thetic, along with the ge­om­e­try try and in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of the Royal Oak col­lec­tion, ap­peals to both men and women,” says An­to­nio Se­ward, gen­eral man­ager of Aude­mars emars Piguet South­east Asia. “It can look ca­sual or dressy, yet al­ways el­e­gant, de­pend­ing on the wearer.” Q Queen Bey her­self pairs it with a cash­mere sweater and denim jeans, in case you were look­ing for point­ers.

Of course, there’s al­ways the op­tion of jazz­ing it up with some bling, like the fully pavéd Royal Oak Selfwinding 37mm. A daz­zling dis­play of 152 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, an al­li­ga­tor strap, and the “Grande Tapis­serie” guil­loché mo­tif, the time­piece ex­alts any evening look to the nth de­gree. Case in point: model Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio, The tim­time­less Royal Oak time­piece­tim by Aude­marsAu­dem Piguet who wore hers with a tailored silk jumpsuit and a bold red lip, or ac­tor Jeremy Piven, who matched his with a leather jacket.

“Due to the in­ter­est­ing val­ues and aes­thetic prop­er­ties of the watch, there is a whole va­ri­ety of pos­si­bil­i­ties,” says Se­ward. In­deed, there is some­thing quite al­lur­ing about the time­piece’s oc­tag­o­nal bezel and su­per sleek case – a com­bi­na­tion of func­tion­al­ity, un­par­al­leled watch­mak­ing, and el­e­gance.

First in­tro­duced in 1972, the time­piece’s shape and de­sign is what makes the Royal Oak a ver­sa­tile, mod­ern icon. “We are proud of our her­itage in watch­mak­ing, but we also en­vis­age a con­tem­po­rary aes­thetic that has ap­pealed to so many artistes in pop cul­ture,” Se­ward adds.

The time­piece ul­ti­mately sym­bol­ises a sen­ti­men­tal value – its gen­der­less ap­proach urges it to be a time­piece meant to be shared. “It is more than just a watch,” Se­ward as­sures. “This time­piece be­comes a con­stant re­minder of pre­cious mo­ments and a con­nec­tion that can be a me­mento of a shared mem­ory.” Aude­mars Piguet, UG29, Adorn Floor, Starhill Gallery. Tel: 03 2788 4803.

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