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    Audemars Piguet Icons: Royal Oak vs. Royal Oak Offshore

    If you’re at all familiar with Audemars Piguet, you will no doubt be familiar with the brand’s two most famous models—the Royal Oak and the Royal Oak Offshore. While these two luxury sports watches are no doubt linked, they are quite different watches. Let’s compare the Royal Oak vs. the Royal Oak Offshore to highlight their similarities and differences.

     

    The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

     

    Born in 1972, the Royal Oak watch by Audemars Piguet rocked the luxury watch world with its brash silhouette, stainless steel construction, and hefty price tag. It was Gerald Genta who designed the Royal Oak after he was instructed by the heads of AP to create a sports watch unlike anything already available in the market.

     

    Stainless steel Royal Oak with a blue "Tapisserie" dial

    Stainless steel Royal Oak with a blue "Tapisserie" dial

     

    Genta obliged and designed the now familiar watch with its large case, octagonal bezel, hobnail patterned "Tapisserie" dial, and integrated bracelet. Although the Royal Oak was initially met with hesitation from the public during its debut over 45 years ago, today it is one of the most coveted luxury watches to own.

     

    As a matter of fact, the Royal Oak is Audemars Piguet’s flagship model, available in a host of different materials such as steel, gold, and ceramic, not to mention gem-set options too. A particularly interesting material used within the Royal Oak collection is one Audemars Piguet calls Frosted Gold, characterized by a distinct shimmering texture achieved by hammering the gold. There are also plenty of size options available for both men and women.

     

    Royal Oak Chronograph watches in yellow and rose gold

    Royal Oak Chronograph watches in yellow and rose gold

     

    While the first Royal Oak was a simple time and date model, today, Audemars Piguet has furnished the collection with a number of different complications. From Royal Oak Chronograph models to Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watches to Royal Oak Tourbillon timepieces, there’s plenty to choose from for haute horology enthusiasts. Depending on the specific model, the Royal Oak can run on an automatic movement, a hand-wound movement, or a quartz movement.

     

    The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore

     

    In 1993, Audemars Piguet sent out yet another shockwave with the release of the Royal Oak Offshore. Designed by Emmanuel Gueit, the Royal Oak Offshore took design cues from Genta’s original Royal Oak but pushed it to another level. In fact, when Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak Offshore, the watch quickly picked up the nickname “The Beast.”

     

    Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Watches

    Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Watches

     

    This is due to the bold nature of the watch that did not fit into the timepiece trends of the era. First, it came equipped with what was considered a massive case, measuring 42mm, made even bigger thanks to the protruding chronograph pushers and winding crown. What’s more, the pushers and crown are covered in silicon caps and there’s a visible black gasket sitting underneath the famed octagonal bezel. The iconic AP integrated bracelet was used on the first Royal Oak Offshore model and is available on several modern versions of the watch today.

     

    The Royal Oak Offshore began its life as a special edition of the Royal Oak watch, however today the ROO is its own collection housing a vast assortment of watches. Like the Royal Oak, there is a wide range of Royal Oak Offshore watches available in different metals, colorways, and sizes.

     

    Custom diamond-set Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

    Custom diamond-set Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

     

    There are Royal Oak Offshore watches in ceramic, in solid gold, and of course, stainless steel. Bracelet selection within the Royal Oak Offshore lineup is plentiful ranging from integrated metal bracelets to sporty rubber straps to dressy leather bands. There are also the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph watches, some in bright neon colors, and all equipped with helium escape valves and diving inner bezels.

     

    Royal Oak or Royal Oak Offshore? 

     

    Royal Oak vs. Royal Oak Offshore

    Royal Oak vs. Royal Oak Offshore

     

    In short, the Royal Oak Offshore is the bigger, bolder, and brasher spinoff of the Royal Oak. Both instantly recognizable, yet each offering a distinct set of design elements, both of these watches are undeniable Audemars Piguet legends.

     

    Custom diamond-set Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore

    Custom diamond-set Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore

  • Why is the Patek Philippe Nautilus the Hardest Luxury Watch to Get Right Now?

    For fans of luxury watches, there are a few timepieces that stand out among the others. Sporting iconic designs, there are a handful of timepieces that are so legendary they can be spotted from a mile away. Once such watch is none other than the Patek Philippe Nautilus watch. However, merely having the will and the funds to want one doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’ll get one. In fact, the Patek Nautilus is one of the hardest high-end watches to find right now. Let’s find out why.

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  • Stop Chasing And Build Your Own Custom Bejeweled Rainbow Rolex Watch

    It's no secret that a Rainbow Rolex is one of the most sought-after luxury watches right now. Just a few months ago at Baselworld 2018, unveiled a new version of the Daytona Rainbow, this time in Everose gold to the delight of many. This is the third version of the bejeweled Daytona with a rainbow pattern of precious gems on the bezel that joins similar yellow gold and white gold models.

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  • Time4Diamonds Launches a US-Based Website

    Great news for luxury watch enthusiasts living across the pond in the United States—Time4Diamonds recently launched an American Website to service our North American clients. Now, our US-based friends can take advantage of Time4Diamonds’ incredible collection of high-end watches and experience our top-notch customization services.

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  • Four of the Best New Watches from Baselworld 2018

     

    Every spring, leading watch brands congregate in the Swiss city of Basel for the industry’s most important fair, Baselworld. It’s been a few days since the six-day show ended, so we’ve had some time to take a closer look at the hundreds of luxury watches that were released. Among them, here are four of what we think are the best new watches from Baselworld 2018.

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  • The Best Luxury Watches to Invest In: Three Things to Consider

    There are so many different reasons people buy luxury watches—for status, for beauty, for mechanical appreciation, for a special gift, the list goes on. However, regardless of the reason, one thing is for sure; buying a fine timepiece requires a substantial investment. It’s no secret that high-end watches are pricey. In fact, that’s part of the appeal. So given that you have to hand over a hefty sum to own one of these beauties, this begs the question: what are the best luxury watches to invest in? Whether you’re looking to invest in a watch to live in your safety deposit box to sell for a profit at a later date or a watch to wear that you can resell later when you want an upgrade, here are three important points to consider.

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  • 5 Top Men's Stainless Steel Rolex Watches to Own Right Now

    5 Top Men's Stainless Steel Rolex Watches to Own Right Now

    While there are plenty of precious metal Rolex watches out there such as gold, platinum, and of course gem-set options, stainless steel Rolex watches are some of the most popular models from the brand, cherished for their blend of prestige and robustness.  If you’re looking for an everyday luxury watch, then look no further than these five top stainless steel Rolex watches to own right now.

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  • Our Favorite New Luxury Watches from SIHH 2018

    Now that the dust has settled on the first major watch fair of the year, we step back and take a look at some of our favorite watch releases from SIHH 2018 from Audemars Piguet, Cartier, and Richard Mille.

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  • Slam Dunk! - Shaquille O’Neal’s classic Royal Oak Offshore Reviewed | Time 4 Diamonds

    One of the many great things about working in the world of luxury watches, is the pure number and variety of classic timepieces you get to see on a weekly basis. Sometimes they’re sleek, elegant, delicate watches and sometimes they’re big, robust beasts like this one - the Shaquille O’Neal Limited Edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (26133ST.OO.A101CR.01).

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  • A future classic - the Rolex Yachtmaster-II 116681 | Time 4 Diamonds

    Now here at Time 4 Diamonds, we’re lucky enough to see some of the most aesthetically beautiful watches on the market on a daily basis. This Rolex Yachtmaster-II is certainly one of them. From the eye-popping blue bezel, to the beautiful finishing on the case and bracelet, this watch just screams quality and craftsmanship, so we just had to find out more about it...

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