Audemars Piguet is a luxury watch manufacturer company that was formed by Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet in 1875. Both were in their early twenties when they decided to establish the entity. It has made a name in the industry by releasing an exceptional product that the market drools for. Today Audemars Piguet is considered one of the elite luxury watchmakers in the world. In fact the company has numerous ambassadors that include:
- Sebastian Buemi- formula one race car driver
- Sachin Tendulkar - Indian cricketer
- Novak Djokovic - tennis player
- Leo Messi- Argentinean footballer
- LeBron James - professional basketball player
- Roy Mcllory - pro golfer
- Michelle Yeoh –Malaysian actress
Once in a while adding to their signature collections, Audemars Piguet throws in a few exclusive pieces that are limited in production and exceptional in quality. Here's a look at our picks for the top five special edition Audemars Piguet watch models of all-time:
Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Chronograph
It is a timepiece that comes with self-winding chronograph that features small seconds at 12 o'clock and display of the date. Natural movements of the wearer’s wrist power the device. The man’s watch which is a limited edition of 1750 avails other features like black strap, forged carbon case, and black and red dial. Its bracelet has hand-stitched calf leather with luxurious Alcantara inserts well as titanium and platinum pin or 18-carat gold buckle. It is also water resistant (100m) and 50 hours power reserve. The product has 365 parts and its bidirectional in regards to automatic winding.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello III
With a rose gold strap, it features on the list of limited models the company made. Production was limited to 257 pieces. White outer dial and inner red dial showcase a tachymeter scale. The watch also has digital date display. All the units are numbered individually and also show off engraved New Grand Prix Record (R. Barrichello) on the black alligator strap that also spots rose gold deployment buckle and red stitching. Its bracelet is made of crocodile skin, and it delivers automatic movement.
Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O’Neal
It is one of the most sought-after limited edition pieces perhaps because it was dedicated to basketball super-star Shaquille O’ Neal. Audemars Piguet only made 960 units of the watch for global distribution. It is a rare product that is not easy to get your hands on. It sells at a premium and is very desirable. The timepiece features generous dimensions with contrasting red and black color designs. Eight polished screws secure its hexagon design bezel making it immediately recognizable. The case material is made of stainless steel, and it delivers automatic movement. Crocodile skin was used to make the bracelet. Other features it boasts of include:
- Silver hands with luminous fill
- Chronograph, crown, and steel bezel push pieces
- An Arabic Numeral Hour Marker with numbers three and two in bright red (to show the products affiliated with Shaq)
Royal Oak Offshore Rue St-Honore
Production of this remarkable product was limited to only a hundred pieces. Each of the watches has its number displayed on a solid black case. It operates using automatic movements with date, hours, minutes, seconds, 60 hours power reserve and three counter chronograph. The case of this model displays polished stainless steel, and the look is made more eye-catching with a bold octagonal stainless steel bezel. Owners feel as though they are always looking at a race care speedometer thanks to the blue waffle dial that features white Arabic numeral hour. Date displaying at 3’oclock impresses many. Its unique strap comes with a folding clasp and is made from white alligator leather. The product has 60 hours power reserve, and it was made to be worn by gentlemen.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Volcano
It is a luxury men’s watch that has a stainless steel band with custom diamonds. It is one of the models that showcases numerous colorful dials from the watchmaker. The unit has volcano style orange areas as part of its face color. The round timepiece comes with a silver band color. The watch stands out as it's designed to make a red-not style statement. Manufacturers uniquely decorated the in-house movements. Similar to an Italian luxury car the “Volcano” presents an exceptional balance despite its instant visibility and magnetic pull of the orange rehaut. All this is thanks to its artful articulation and sharp detailing. The bezel features eight white gold bright bolds that emit ambient light because of inset diamonds.
Written by Garrett Parker
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