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