Royal Oak Concept Replica was originally a series of very complex oversized men’s watches, and later added some women’s watches, including the new and eye-catching Royal Oak Concept frosted gold flying tourbillon.
Since the male Concept watch is too large to fit most wrists well, the 38.5 mm diameter female Concept watch may fit most male and female wrists.
The most unusual feature of the new watch is the dial design, which is the first of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica. The dial is made of metallic blue with a radially brushed surface. It is composed of four concentric circles and slopes downward toward the pointer. The tourbillon cage at six o’clock is similar, consisting of four rings and ending with a circle set with brilliant cut diamonds.
An addition to the line that is not meant to replace any existing model, the new 34 mm watch is now the smallest mechanical Replica Royal Oak for ladies, with the smallest, 33 mm model being quartz, and the next-largest automatic having a 37 mm case.
The new watch fills a gap in the diverse Royal Oak line-up – a watch compact enough for ladies but with a mechanical movement.
While the new 34 mm model is not explicitly described as a women’s watch, it is in all but name, as Audemars Piguet Replica already has a 37 mm model as the medium-sized men’s Royal Oak. That said, the proportions of the 34 mm case remind me of the Royal Oak ref. 4100 of the 1970s and 1980s, which was then a large-sized men’s watch and 36 mm in diameter, not too much larger than the new model.
Importantly, it has a mechanical movement – long absent for the ladies’ Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica – and the versions with the diamond-set bezels offer a bit of bling to go along with the iconic design.
The steel version with a diamond-set bezel is the only one to have the blue-grey dial – the most popular colour for the Audemars Piguet Replica Watch collection at large – while the rest are equipped with silver dials.
As the story goes, Genta drew his design for the Audemars Piguet Replica watch in one night, after being inspired by a diver wearing an old fashioned helmet attached to his suit by eight screws.
This translated into the design of the watch, which features an octagonal shape with eight screws on the bezel. The octagonal design has remained even in the most recent incarnations of the watch, including the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Replica, introduced in 1993, and Royal Oak Offshore Diver, introduced in 2013.