When it comes to replica Audemars Piguet, you don’t immediately think of the millennium series. In fact, the unusual oval case looks like a watch from a completely different company. In contrast to the contemporary Royal Oak and Royal Oak near the shoreline, the millennium series is where AP explores the neoclassical aesthetic. The idea behind the watch is that it is a modern interpretation of a classic watch.
As you’d expect from AP, this watch has perfect movement finishing, particularly on the large, exposed, proprietary escapement, with big balance wheel and beautifully hand-finished bridge. This escapement has bitten into the off-centre dial. Traditional dial with Roman numerals and exposed screws. Another sub-second dial was removed from the main dial, and additional holes were added to the sun and moon Windows. It’s a complicated look, aesthetically very busy watch, and this is before we got complicated.
This fake watch features a brand new complication – a Quadriennium. This is a new type of calendar complication that sits in between an annual calendar, which displays the day, date and month and only needs to be adjusted at the end of February, and a perpetual calendar, which is clever enough to take oddball February and leap years into account. Audemars Piguet’s middle ground is a watch that is smart enough to make the jump from Feb 28 to March 1 three out of every four years, only needing a guiding hand during leap years, where you have to wind it back to show the 29th of the month.
While the complication is a novel idea that I can see gaining some wider traction for AP, the package as a whole doesn’t work for me. There are so many things: asymmetrical dials, exposed plates and screws, a mixture of Roman and Arabic numerals, sun and moon Windows of different sizes, two putters. All of this is crammed into a large oval box, seemingly unsure whether it is classic or modern.
The Millenary Quadriennium is characterized by an interesting complexity and completion at a very high level, but it lacks the harmony or cohesion that I felt needed to make it work.
Undoubtedly you are already familiar with the contemporary day Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore models from Audemars Piguet. After all they have become one of the most recognizable and popular mechanical sports watches for men, coveted by aficionados and amateurs alike.
According to AP James was heavily involved in the design process and I respect the fact that they have let this show through in the final product. It seems many people have taken issue with the aesthetic design of the watch, which they feel is too gaudy and not in keeping with the classic appeal of brand. Housed in a chunky 44mm Offshore Chronograph case (don’t forget, James is a hulking 6ft 8″) the watch is a study in simple contrasts, with gold and gray as the two key protagonists. After all, the idea was to innovate a swiss replica watches that he will desire to wear.
The brushed titanium bezel stands out nicely against the pink gold of the case, drawing attention without being overly showy although I can appreciate that this style doesn’t suit all tastes. I think this is probably a little unfair though as to launch a limited edition collaboration piece that looked like every other watch in the collection will in reality defeat the purpose. The Mega Tapisserie patterned dial is a bit more in your face although still not overwhelming thanks to the monochromatic color scheme, complete with contrasting gray sub-registers and pink gold applied arabic numerals and hands.
Again, nothing too showy, just well executed in classic AP style. Finishing the look is a gray crocodile strap with pink gold buckle and an additional gray rubber strap. The reverse side reveals a sapphire exhibition caseback complete with James’ signature in blue, matching the color of the seconds hand of the dial. Underneath is the handsomely finished Calibre 3126/3840 movement, complete with anthracite galvanic treated 22k gold winding rotor.
There is one final touch which seems to have got the backs up of more than a few fans of the brand, and that is the two small rows of diamonds set into the black ceramic pusher at 2 o’clock. For me, the design reflects understated consistency – much like LeBron’s stat sheet – nevertheless there is still plenty of flash when needed.
What’s important to note here though is that only the original A-series Royal Oaks were produced with this specific bracelet. As such cheap replica Audemars Piguet do not hold additional stock, meaning they cannot be replaced, making this particular A Series Royal Oak Offshore all the more desirable.
It’s known to all that here we concentrate mainly on mechanical and collectible watches. We write for collectors and replica watch fans with the target of telling the very best stories we can about this funny little world for one reason or another. While online we’re sometimes tied to the watch industry news cycles, with auction results, product releases, and reviews of new watches often taking center stage, here we give you all a chance, twice per year, to sit back, reflect, and focus on long form storytelling that is, if you don’t mind it.
There are tons of killer watch stories in our recently-released second volume, ranging from a sweeping history of the dive fake watch to a deep dive into why Patek Philippe’s Calatrava is so legendary to a technical explanation of some of modern horology’s best movements. However, after spending several months working on Volume 2, here are five of my favorite takeaways from our second issue.
When you ask Jason Heaton to pen a definitive history of the dive watch, you know that you’re going to get something unique. I was greatly and completely impressed, but not totally surprised, to learn that the world’s most famous SCUBA diver was so impressed with Doxa dive watches that he went into business with the company, selling them for a time via his company U.S. Divers. This story also contains some really beautiful underwater photography that you will not want to miss.
In his amazing story explaining the appeal of certain large, waterproof Universal chronographs, Ben devotes a lot of space to the balance and the quality of the cases used to make these cheap replica watches. The replcia Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD#2 was one of the standout watches from SIHH 2018. But during his talk with award-winning chef Daniel Humm, AP CEO François-Henry Bennahmias revealed that when they first made up their mind to make an ultra-thin Royal Oak perpetual calendar many of the manufacture’s older watchmakers thought it was pure folly and not worth even trying. I, for one, am glad they gave it a shot.
Eventually, some of the very best watch writing in Volume 2 comes courtesy of our very own Jack Forster. In this issue, Jack writes a great story about how the complete calendar and the annual calendar have made a major resurgence in recent years, but the thing that really shocked me is a reference to Ian Fleming artfully describing a particular assassin’s Girard-Perregaux. I won’t spoil it, but you surely want to dig into Jack’s story to get the details.
You don’t need to be an Apple fan-boy to appreciate the top-quality industrial design that goes into making an Apple product. One replica watch that he finds especially appealing is the fake Patek Philippe Nautilus, but maybe not for the reason you’d dream of.
In 2018, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore to us, reference 15703 (a review can be found here). That watch made quite an impression on me to be honest. I am a sucker for the Royal Oak references, from the 5402 to the current 15202, so I actually surprised myself that I liked that Diver so much.
The Offshore collection is pioneering with exotic materials ever since the very first models and forged carbon is one of them. In 2007, Audemars Piguet used forged carbon for the very first time with their Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team model. The large second hand is the chronograph seconds-hand of course. The cheap replica watches has no hour recorder and no date feature and I personally like what it does to the dial. It keeps it clean and uncluttered.
This time, Audemars Piguet used the popular Royal Oak Offshore Diver (ref.15703, we reviewed it here) as a basis and transformed it into this forged carbon version, ref. 15706AU. The introduction took place during SIHH 2012 but was over snowed with the introduction of the new ‘Jumbo’ ref.15202 watch. Audemars Piguet decided to come colorful this year and will offer this timepiece in orange, green, yellow and blue. In the official press release, Audemars Piguet talks about tangerine, lime, citron and blue. Just so you know.
Like a extreme sports watch should in our opinion, there is no transparent caseback. However, spending just below $30K USD on a chronograph that doesn’t have a dedicated movement feels kinda strange. Just the ‘Royal Oak Offshore’ engraving we’ve seen on the previous Diver models and other Offshore models as well. As already mentioned, we’ve found the rubber strap to be extreme comfortable and we do prefer a tang buckle over a folding buckle for rubber and (alligator) leather straps. Inside, in-house developed movement caliber 3120 is fitted. This movement was introduced to the market in 2005 for the very first time, in the – then new – Royal Oak 15300.
History aside, we assume you know most of the stuff already, we were in the opportunity to have a closer look at the Royal Oak Offshore Diver made out of forged carbon. Although we have a weak spot for the caliber 2121 movement of the ref.15202 Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’, we do like the caliber 3120 a lot. After a couple of years, that should look pretty worn out is my own experience. Are there things we should rather have seen differently? Well, now we ask. Yes. We are not sure as we are no designers, but the bolts in the bezel have a lot of contrast with the bezel as a different material is used for them (white gold?). Although I have great respect for Replica Audemars Piguet‘s inventions and their craftsmanship in general, I have personally more interest in the more ‘toned down’ 39mm Royal Oak models than the bulky and loud Royal Oak Offshore collection and Concept watches.
Same goes for the links that connect the rubber strap to the forged carbon case. Again, we aren’t designers but we wonder how it should have looked if AP had chosen a different material for these parts. It also has become the base caliber for the Royal Oak Offshore chronograph models, where AP added a chronograph module on top. The Ref.15706AU Royal Oak Offshore Diver in Forged Carbon comes with a very soft rubber strap with a titanium tang buckle with the AP logo engraved.
Where the stainless steel Offshore Diver ref.15703 allows you to use a Royal Oak Offshore bracelet, combing the the forged carbon version with a stainless steel bracelet might not be a good idea. Keep in mind that you will have to either like the rubber strap or a (custom made) alligator strap to go with it.