If you have been hearing lots about Gerald Genta, Audemars Piguet and the Royal Oak, don't be surprised. It's the 40th anniversary of this iconic timepiece that has remained one of the most popular watches of the AP family since it was first conceived. But more than that, it established the success and brilliance of Gerald Genta firmly, challenged and broke traditions in watchmaking in the 1970s, and spawned a new era of horology after the advent of quartz nearly drove the industry to its death.
Inviting installation artist Sebastien Agneessens to the Vallee Joux along with two other artists, Davide Quayola and Dan Holdsworth, AP put together a collection of 100 timepieces that speak about the remarkable history and journey of the Royal Oak timepiece. Every single watch in there has a place in the history of the company. Agneessens put together a sound environment that was inspired by the Vallee Joux's serenity and watchmaking, as well as the exhibition displays that showcase watchmaking in AP terms, from the creation of the tapisserie dial on the Royal Oak watches, to the process of finishing each watch in the manufacture at Le Brassus.
Davide Quayola, a multimedia artist, put together a different experience with a digital imaginative video based on Rodin's The Thinker, and exploring the ideas behind geometry and structure and construction. Finally, Dan Holdsworth took a series of photos that capture the mood and beauty of Le Brassus, all of which, put together, take us to the Royal Oak's birthplace. The company has also created a 300-page book that speaks about the history of the magnificent timepiece.
The exhibition is currently in Singapore, and will be here till the 14th of October. Don't miss this opportunity to see some of the rarest Royal Oak timepieces in the world, and explore and visit the world of Audemars Piguet. Held at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, the exhibition will also offer guided tours on a reservation basis, so make your bookings today