In the mid-1990’s, when my love for mechanical swiss watches replica online really took off, I bought as many magazines and replica watch books I could possibly find as information on the internet was rather difficult to find and not so common as it is now. In a couple of these generic replica watch books, giving the reader an overview of different replica watch brands and their models, I always had a couple of favorite brands I’d like to read about. One of them was Audemars Piguet Mens Replica. Not only their octagonal Royal Oak models that I seem to have been appreciating from the first moment on (which is not a common thing to do) but I also studied their round and vintage models with complications with great interest. Although I’d like to think that I can’t be influenced by marketing campaigns and testimonials, it was actually the testimonial of Bruno Rubinksi in one of the late 1990’s Audemars Piguet catalogs that made me want a Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ (you can read more about it here). It would take another 10 years before I bought (and was able to) this Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ reference 15202 I longed for.
Our friends at Hodinkee and Bexsonn have been giving quite some attention to vintage Audemars Piguet and I have always read it with great pleasure. To me, it seems that – especially back in the day – Audemars Piguet was targeting the same audience as the other big two (Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin) with their small and clean round replica watches with complications. Today at Audemars Piguet, the complications and the wish to come up with new and enhanced complications and solutions is still very clear, but the packaging is a bit different than it is from those other two big names. Even though you could say that the Royal Oak is similar to Patek’s Nautilus and Vacheron’s Overseas, their Royal Oak Offshore Concept and Laptimer references can’t be matched to any of these other brands’ replica watches. Although I have great respect for 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 timepieces.
Some times I do wish that Audemars Piguet could find a way to use those vintage models for their current collections. Although there is a Millenary and Jules Audemars collection (including models with complications), they are still relatively ‘loud’ to the classic replica watches they manufactured in the past.
In Geneva, I had the opportunity to speak with Audemars Piguet’s historian Michael Friedman. After a career at renown auction houses like Christie’s and Antiquorum, Michael Friedman started as a historian at Audemars Piguet in 2013 after being in touch with them already for a long time. Traveling all over the globe (including to Le Brassus, where Audemars Piguet has their head quarters) but his home town is New York City.
In most cases when you ask the CEO of a replica watch brand about his favorite replica watches from the collection, he will always come up with models that have just been introduced. I thought this might be different when I ask a historian. So, here they are, the Top 3 most favorite Audemars Piguet references by Michael Friedman.
1. Audemars Piguet reference 5516 Replica
2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402 A-Series Replica
3. Audemars Piguet reference 5528 Replica