Royal Oak | stainless steel
Famously penned by Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak was released by Audemars Piguet in 1972, forever changing the face of modern watchmaking. Forty years later, the manufacture released the reference 15400, ushering in a new generation of Royal Oak watches, with are larger, bolder case, more attuned to contemporary taste.
From tradition to modernity
When it was first released in 1972, the Royal Oak created an entire new category of collecting, namely luxury sports watches made from steel. One of the early advertisements from the period reads, "for the elite, the artist craftsmen of Audemars Piguet have created Royal Oak, a tribute to steel, the metal of the twentieth century, more difficult to fashion than fine gold."
The impact of the design was such that a few years later, Patek Philippe recruited the same designer, Gerald Genta, to create their own version of the Royal Oak, which became the Nautilus. Since then, the iconic status of the Royal Oak has only grown, as has its desirability amongst collectors.
In 2012, forty years after the original, Audemars Piguet released the ref. 15400, which took the core of the original design, and modernised it for a contemporary audience. The case diameter was increased - from 39mm to 41mm - and the lines were further dramatised, with sharper bevels, and more pronounced finishing.
A contemporary design
The dial of this Royal Oak 15400ST is executed in a shiny blue colour, which wonderfully complements the stainless steel case and bracelet. The striking blue colour is accentuated by the "Grande Tapisserie" pattern, a more contemporary take on the pattern found on the original design, from 1972. An applied "AP" symbol and "Audemars Piguet" signature stand out at 12 o'clock, whilst the applied hour indexes also integrates a facetted design, reminiscent of the angles of the case. The date disc features a blue background and white text, seamlessly blending into the dial.
The case and integrated bracelet are excellently finished, with angular, bevelled and polished edges throughout. The polished screws, bezel and case edges contrast with the brushed surface of the case and bracelet, creating a distinctive effect on the wrist. At 41mm in diameter, and only 10mm thick, the case proportions are decidedly more contemporary, whilst remaining balanced.
The Royal Oak 15400ST is powered by the Audemars Piguet Caliber 3120, which was envisioned in 1998 and entered serial production in 2003. Formed of 278 components, the 40-jewel movement is rhodium-plated, with Côtes de Genève embellishment. The balance’s frequency is 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour and the power reserve is 60 hours.
This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400ST is accompanied by its outer paper box, inner wooden box, hangtag, instruction manual and Certificate of Origin. The watch was serviced by Audemars Piguet in June 2021, during which case and bracelet were also refinished. It is accompanied by a copy of its servicing paperwork and Timepiece Life & Care card.
Viewings are currently suspended for the time being.
|Model:||Royal Oak 15400ST|
|Movement:||mechanical automatic Caliber 3120|
|Functions:||date, hours, minutes|
|Features:||"Grande Tapisserie" dial, sapphire caseback
|Case:||41 mm stainless steel|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Bracelet:||stainless steel AP-stamped bracelet and clasp|
|Box & papers:||outer paper box, inner wooden box, hangtag, instructions, Certificate of Origin, servicing paperwork copy, Timepiece Life & Care card|
All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.
All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.
We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.
If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.
Please note that pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here.
You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.