Besides watches, what we reference most here on Hodinkee is the great town that we live in, New York City. We love it, and so does Audemars Piguet. After all, they chose New York for their very first state-side boutique back in 2003. To commemorate the opening of this boutique they produced a limited edition watch (as is their MO), but this one we rather like.
Called the “La Boutique” Royal Oak Chronograph, it is essentially a completely blacked out version of their traditional Royal Oak, a watch we have a lot of love for. The case and pushers are covered in black PVD, the face is black with white dials, and it very much looks the part of a Royal Oak. The biggest difference, and what makes this watch so unique, is its case back. Engraved on the back of this Royal Oak is the entire facade of the Audemars Piguet boutique here in NY. Surrounding this image are the words “Audemars Piguet La Boutique New York 40 E 57th”. Yes, the address of the AP boutique is actually engraved on the back on the watch, useful if you ever forget where you’re going when you need service.
La Boutique Royal Oak comes on a black alligator strap with deployment clasp, and with a wooden presentation box that features the very same engravings as the caseback. There were only 150 of these watches made, so finding one for sale is quite rare. The original selling price for this piece was $13,900 back in 2003. Something tells us you’ll have to fork over around the same to pick one up these days, if not a little more.
As lovers of Audemars Piguet and of New York, this is a watch http://www.mrjack.co.uk/cartier-ballon-bleu-watches-uk.html we’d love to own someday. You don’t see too many black Royal Oaks, and the fact that there are only 150 of these watches in the world make it even cooler. We just wish Hodinkee was around replica cartier Calibre back in 2003 so we could’ve seen the boutique open.
Watches As Jewelry? I Think Not. Assembling An AP Royal Oak Grande Complication
We are oft confronted with people at cocktail parties that do not wear mechanical watches but rather use their mobile phone as a time-telling device. This is fine, as we’ve said many times, we are not “watch snobs” here at Hodinkee, we fully respect people’s personal preferences. However, many times people take things one step further and refer to watches as jewelry, implying the prices you pay for complex mechanical pieces in no way reflect the workmanship, and that gets under our skin.
Jewelry has no moving parts, it is designed, molded, and sold. With a watch, there are hundreds of pieces (648, in this case) that fall into place to make it function properly. Watch-making is mechanical engineering of the highest order compressed into 42mm of space. We launched Hodinkee because we wanted to call attention to some of the history and work that goes into a fine watch, and we can’t think of a better way to show you what’s involved than with the video below from TheTimeTV.
This particular watch, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grande Complication, yields a split-seconds chronograph, a minute repeater, and a perpetual calendar with moon phases that will remain accurate until March 1st, 2100, at which point only one replica Audemars Piguet uk adjustment has to be made for it to remain precise for another 100 years. Can your David Yurman necklace do that?