Several years ago, when I had the opportunity to sit across from a very well-respected industry veteran, I complimented her on the perfect fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak she was wearing that day. Today, it is more common to see women wearing a Royal Oak, but it wasn’t so at the time, even in the world of watches. I had heard about her, but it was the first time meeting her in person, and as a conversation starter I began with something like, “AAA replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is such a classic!” And she slowly and quietly responded, “It became a classic,” with a confident smile. I’ve never forgotten that moment.
Until then, I had never really thought about the notion of when a watch gets recognized as a classic. Perhaps, in my mind, it was because most watches described as “classic” have already been cherished for years as classics. To this industry veteran’s point, the luxury fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was, in fact, considered a crazy idea when it was first introduced in the early 1970s. The concept of a luxury sports watch was a novel idea back then, let alone placing a hefty price tag of over CHF 3,000 for a stainless steel sport watch when a solid gold super clone watch ca was sold for around the same price range was a bold move. I can hear people reading this right now sighing, “I wish I had bought one then or could go back to 1972.”
The Dual Time example here treads an interesting cross-section of vintage and modern design. Entering the 1980s and into the 1990s, many of the classic models went through a bit of an update. The proportions of this Dual Time cheap fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak are smaller than the original at 36mm, but that’s what I appreciate about this watch. There is mastery of design within a smaller surface. There is a lot going on with the power-reserve indicator, the date, and the second time zone, the tapisserie dial, and the gold bezel with the hexagonal screws. But when the proportions are right, it looks cohesive. I’m particularly fond of the asymmetry which the power reserve indicator creates on the left side of the dial, adding uniqueness to the watch. Somehow, the two-tone-ness of this Swiss made replica Audemars Piguet tones down the intensity in the best way possible. I may have not considered this Dual Time as a classic in the past, and it has finally become a classic in my mind, but I’d say it’s a classic with a twist, just how I like my watches to be. Check it out, right here.
When it comes to Royal Oak chronographs, the Royal Oak Offshore gets all the attention. To be fair, it was the first perfect fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak to include the complication, but it wasn’t long until the original Royal Oak earned chronograph functionality, as well. In 1997, four years after the Offshore was born and during the Royal Oak’s 25th-anniversary celebration, the best replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ref. 25860ST was officially released. Featuring a black dial with a “small tapisserie” pattern and chronograph sub-dials at three, six, and nine o’clock, the 25860ST was a luxury replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak through and through. The new chronograph maintained the 39mm diameter of the original time-and-date Royal Oak ref. 5402ST and was able to preserve the copy watch’s slim profile, with a case height that measured just 11mm tall, pretty impressive for an automatic chronograph in 1997. (A feat that was only possible through the use of the famously thin F. Piguet caliber 1185 as a base for the new AP caliber 2385.)
However, my absolute favorite detail about the Royal Oak Chronograph ref. 25860ST is the nickname it earned rather quickly during the late 1990s. AAA replica Audemars Piguet had signed the chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov as an ambassador in 1996, and when the 25860ST was released a year later, Kasparov quickly adopted it as his go-to watch to wear while competing. Legend has it that Kasparov would wear the watch on his wrist until preparing for his final flurry of moves, which is when he’d remove it and defeat his opponent. Given Kasparov’s success and cultural influence in the decade, the cheap fake Audemars Piguet 25860ST ultimately earned the “Kasparov” nickname. The 25860ST was eventually replaced by the high quality fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ref. 26300 in 2012, during the 40th-anniversary celebration of the Royal Oak. It swapped out the subtleness of the “small tapisserie” dial pattern for the larger “mega tapisserie” design.
The ref. 25860ST “Kasparov” is still a Swiss movement replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak after all, so it hasn’t necessarily become more accessible in recent years, but it doesn’t have the same cult fascination around it as the “Jumbo” or even certain top super clone Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore examples. During the recent auction season, for instance, we saw a number of “Kasparov” examples from the late ’90s to the mid-2000s fetch everything from $40,000 USD to six figures. I think the former is where we’ll more likely see prices settle in the near future.
Over the last year or so, we have been talking to our female colleagues, brand friends, watch lovers, and more, about what they want from a fake watch media. This all started with research for our print magazine Lady by GMT, but is now encompassing WorldTempus too. The results of our research have not only been interesting, but eye-opening too. One of the points that frequently comes up is that female watch lovers don’t necessarily want to see tall skinny girls wearing luxury replica watches; they want to see real-life women in all their shapes, sizes and colours with watches on. They want to be able to associate with these women and see how great super clone watches look on them.
So, when a package of perfect Audemars Piguet replica watches arrived in the office, and all our female colleagues started fighting over the different models, we decided to forget the modelling agencies and let them model the watches themselves. The excitement escalated from here, as I am sure you can imagine. We invited our old colleague and photographer, Joy Corthésy, from the agency Idiome, to capture them wearing the 1:1 fake Audemars Piguet timepieces and a magnificent morning was had by all.
We hope you enjoy discovering these photographs as much as we enjoyed taking them. Maelys Delore works in the marketing department for both GMT Publishing and our sister magazine Skippers, and chose the AAA fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding “50th anniversary” two-tone timepiece that comes in a 37mm stainless steel and 18-carat pink gold case with a silver-toned Grand Tapisserie dial. On the inside, the watch is powered by the selfwinding Calibre 5900.
Jessica Lazzarotto, from our Digital Marketing department, picked the cheap fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin “50th Anniversary” with its yellow-gold case and bracelet and smoked yellow-gold-toned Petite Tapiserrie dial. This model is powered by the manufacture’s Calibre 7121 movement. Marie de Pimodan, Editor-in-Chief of Lady by GMT wore the top replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak selfwinding “50th Anniversary” that is housed in an 18-carat pink gold case with a diamond-set bezel and a khaki Grand Tapisserie dial. The watch is powered by the brand’s new selfwinding movement – the Calibre 5900. Camille Guille, Commercial Director and Community Manager for GMT Magazine, chose the high quality fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin “50th Anniversary” for her photograph. This “Jumbo” model pays tribute to the original CA super clone Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402 from 1972 with a hand-finished steel case and a magnificent midnight blue Petite Tapisserie dial. The timepiece is powered by the Calibre 7121.
Suzanne Wong, Editor-in-Chief, WorldTempus is showing how gorgeous the Swiss movement replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding “50th Anniversary” looks on her wrist. This 37mm stainless steel timepiece comes with a blue Grand Tapisserie dial and is equipped with the new selfwinding Calibre 5900 and the “50-years” oscillating weight in rhodium-toned pink gold.