Audemars Piguet’s modern take on a classic watch

The spirit of Gérald Genta’s Royal Oak original lives on in the Dual Time

Designed in 1972 by watch visionary Gérald Genta for Audemars Piguet, the Royal Oak was aimed at a burgeoning jet set. The then ground-breaking, octagonal bezel used screws and precision-engineered brushed/polished surfaces as integral design elements, and it was the first luxury steel sports watch to incorporate the bracelet as part of the stylistic statement. The modern-day Dual Time model (£16,000) comes in multiple complications, yet has enough silver/white tapisserie-patterned dial showing to retain the spirit of the original’s purist aesthetic. Along with a second time‑zone function, it has a day/night indicator and power reserve, all contained within its compact 39mm case.

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