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    Audemars Piguet Thread

    There doesnít seem to be much in the way of AP posts on here so I thought Iíd start a thread and see what happens - be nice to see photos from owners.

    My AP history is as follows. A couple of years ago I posted a thread on here about the blue Royal Oak. Around that time I asked a few questions over on Rolex forums in the AP section. I was kindly given the details of the boutique manager at Harrods and made contact. A few messages and never heard anymore. I went into the boutique in February this year and again said Iíd like the blue 15500 or the chrono. It seemed positive. Come July I email and again itís positive, then a couple of weeks back. Positive response initially but then nothing more on my follow up email. I just thought that was it. Last week I was reading the AP forum and thought Iíd ask again - had a pm from a member giving me the phone number of his contact at the AP House in Bond Street. I made the call and had a very positive and helpful chat. I was told that going in would be more advantageous. By now I was also keen on the grey and white 15500 dials. I was told a white dial might be possible very soon, a grey possibly in the next few months and a blue, highly unlikely but it wasnít totally ruled out.

    Iíve been due to go to London for a short meeting and Monday night thought Ďsod it Iíll go tomorrowí. The AP House is a lovely location, service was exceptional and I can only praise the helpful and friendly manner from start to finish. Got to try on a Panda chrono and a 38mm grey chrono.

    As to the watch, my pictures donít do it justice. It is stunning. The quality of the bracelet is incredible - 20 hours of polished hand finishing is clear. I donít think Iíve ever seen and certainly not owned a watch with a better bracelet. As to the white dial, pictures donít really tell the story. It shimmers from white to silver and back to white. Everything about this watch is sublime. I have some great watches and this is as good as any, if not better. So glad I didnít give up!








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    Stunning very nice watch I need a new job

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    Ian there is an AP thread, I think itís titled the APpreciation thread (am on my phone and the search never works properly).

    Nice watch by the way. I have a 15300 AP RO chrono and a ROO Diver (had a 15400 and the AP ROO chrono and another APROO diver in the past).

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    I love an AP. Iíve had a few divers, but my tastes are moving to a ďgentlerĒ design. I think Iím one of the few people that really like the 11.59, in fact, I absolutely love it.

    Hereís mine, on an ABP rubberised calf strap...





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    That experience with the Boutique at Harrods exactly mirrors mine for the 15500.

    Ordered one in may 2019 was assured I'd see my watch "well within 12 months" Plenty of follow ups and calls from my side (and have bought from Harrods before) but still feel I am getting fobbed off by them - or at least, feels that way. My contact there said they get one in every "6-8 weeks" and given I was towards the sharp end of the list from when they became a Boutique there it doesn't quite tally. Anyway since then the price went up (natch....) and I'm still waiting......

    Well done on getting a decent contact and service to buy yours O/P. Enjoy in good health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gladders View Post
    I love an AP. Iíve had a few divers, but my tastes are moving to a ďgentlerĒ design. I think Iím one of the few people that really like the 11.59, in fact, I absolutely love it.




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    Well make that at least two of us. Everything about the 11:59 is gorgeous (except the date implementation IMHO -- but, one can't have everything).

    Never been a fan of the RO (or the "Nauts", or Hublot) -- personal taste thing. I just prefer less metal around my watch face.

    However, I do rather like my HuitiŤme -- which I bought new in Hamburg in 1994 (after the launch of RO).


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    AP ROO 43mm

    Hereís my 1st ROO. Itís the new 43mm smoked taupe in black ceramic and steel.

    I really love AP and have wanted to add a ROO to my RO. Itís taken a bit to get my head around the price point for a watch on a rubber or leather strap. Also added to that, the Royal Oak bracelet is simply stunning. I imagine that ROOís are possibly a marmite watch which is fine as I like marmite :-)

    We had a couple of days in London sorting out my sons new flat, so I took the opportunity to go to the AP House on Thursday and tried on some fantastic watches including 3 of the new ROOís. The new Rose Gold, the blue titanium and this one. All 3 were fantastic but for me there was something very special about the dial on this. My photos arenít the greatest but I will say that none of the pictures Iíve seen anywhere do justice to this dial.

    That night I discussed it with my wife and she told me to just go for it, so I decided on the smoked taupe dial. Its so different to anything I own, have owned or probably even seen. Blue is my favourite colour dial and it would have been a safe option as I know I couldnít go wrong with that dial, but we both agreed that this was the one. I slept on the idea and late yesterday afternoon went to pick it up.

    This comes on a light rubber brown strap which I really like. Iím not particularly into black rubber straps but it comes with this as well and Iím not sure if I actually prefer it. I think it goes with the black ceramic bezel. The quick releases strap change is great and takes less than a minute including the buckle change.

    This watch had a lot to live up to for me and it did!






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    Lovely watch, congrats. I managed to secure a blue Chrono from the AD just before they made these boutique only, the finishing is unbelievable.

    Turn 40 next year, would love a 11.59 Chrono but precious metal and price rises mean they are looking pretty steep plus I need to see one in the flesh




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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth-W View Post
    That experience with the Boutique at Harrods exactly mirrors mine for the 15500.

    Ordered one in may 2019 was assured I'd see my watch "well within 12 months" Plenty of follow ups and calls from my side (and have bought from Harrods before) but still feel I am getting fobbed off by them - or at least, feels that way. My contact there said they get one in every "6-8 weeks" and given I was towards the sharp end of the list from when they became a Boutique there it doesn't quite tally. Anyway since then the price went up (natch....) and I'm still waiting......

    Well done on getting a decent contact and service to buy yours O/P. Enjoy in good health.
    Thanks Gareth. My guess is/was a lot of Harrods are from overseas buyers with deep pockets, but with travel restricted I thought chances would be increased. Hopefully though they will come good for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by peterdo View Post
    Lovely watch, congrats. I managed to secure a blue Chrono from the AD just before they made these boutique only, the finishing is unbelievable.

    Turn 40 next year, would love a 11.59 Chrono but precious metal and price rises mean they are looking pretty steep plus I need to see one in the flesh



    That stunning Peter and funnily enough thatís the one I asked about initially - apparently they had one recently so I was a couple,e of weeks too late. The panda was very special, so Iím guessing this is as well.

    Cheers Stephen


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    Quote Originally Posted by Devonian View Post
    There doesnít seem to be much in the way of AP posts on here so I thought Iíd start a thread and see what happens - be nice to see photos from owners.

    My AP history is as follows. A couple of years ago I posted a thread on here about the blue Royal Oak. Around that time I asked a few questions over on Rolex forums in the AP section. I was kindly given the details of the boutique manager at Harrods and made contact. A few messages and never heard anymore. I went into the boutique in February this year and again said Iíd like the blue 15500 or the chrono. It seemed positive. Come July I email and again itís positive, then a couple of weeks back. Positive response initially but then nothing more on my follow up email. I just thought that was it. Last week I was reading the AP forum and thought Iíd ask again - had a pm from a member giving me the phone number of his contact at the AP House in Bond Street. I made the call and had a very positive and helpful chat. I was told that going in would be more advantageous. By now I was also keen on the grey and white 15500 dials. I was told a white dial might be possible very soon, a grey possibly in the next few months and a blue, highly unlikely but it wasnít totally ruled out.

    Iíve been due to go to London for a short meeting and Monday night thought Ďsod it Iíll go tomorrowí. The AP House is a lovely location, service was exceptional and I can only praise the helpful and friendly manner from start to finish. Got to try on a Panda chrono and a 38mm grey chrono.

    As to the watch, my pictures donít do it justice. It is stunning. The quality of the bracelet is incredible - 20 hours of polished hand finishing is clear. I donít think Iíve ever seen and certainly not owned a watch with a better bracelet. As to the white dial, pictures donít really tell the story. It shimmers from white to silver and back to white. Everything about this watch is sublime. I have some great watches and this is as good as any, if not better. So glad I didnít give up!







    That is the one I would go for. Love it in white! Congrats and wear in good health.

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    A magnificent watch! Congratulations.

    For what itís worth, I have never bought a watch from them but I will admit Iíve never found the service in the Harrods AP boutique terribly prompt or friendly. The Vacheron boutique there is much better; they have lovely staff. Of course, I suspect if I spent a great deal of money with the AP boutique that would likely change!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lantenac06 View Post
    A magnificent watch! Congratulations.

    For what itís worth, I have never bought a watch from them but I will admit Iíve never found the service in the Harrods AP boutique terribly prompt or friendly. The Vacheron boutique there is much better; they have lovely staff. Of course, I suspect if I spent a great deal of money with the AP boutique that would likely change!


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    Snap!

    As Stephen said it would appear they are more tuned into their Billionaire clients than hoi polloi watch fans!

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    That watch is simply stunning in white!


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    That is lovely Stephen, never seen one in the flesh but they really do look sublime to my eye, and that bracelet is just wonderful.
    Coincidentally Iím off to Riyadh this morning so may keep my eye out..... not that Iíve changed my mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devonian View Post
    I think the white/ silver dial is very underrated. As you say it flips colour depending on the light. I actually chose mine over the blue dial back before it was boutique only.



    Iíve had the 15400 for nearly 8 years now although more recently I donít wear it nearly enough. Itís time for a service so once Iíve had that done Iím sure Iíll wear it more regularly again.


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    The watch itself doesnít do much for me, the dial is great, just never been able to get on with the case shape.
    Staggeringly bad service in two posts there though, madness. I wouldnít be at all impressed by that.

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    thats a stunner in silver OP, id prefer it in that config over the blue myself,

    mine is a little bulkier, but really like it as well


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    Thanks all for the great comments - two days in and Iím really appreciating what high quality this watch is.

    Cheers Mick, looking forward to seeing your incoming - Iím sure youíll be very happy when you see it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Desert_Weasel View Post
    That is lovely Stephen, never seen one in the flesh but they really do look sublime to my eye, and that bracelet is just wonderful.
    Coincidentally Iím off to Riyadh this morning so may keep my eye out..... not that Iíve changed my mind
    Funny you say that, blue is my favourite colour and they let me try on a blue 15500 (already allocated) and Iíd have thought 100% blue beforehand, but Iíd actually be torn if both had been available.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrusir View Post
    thats a stunner in silver OP, id prefer it in that config over the blue myself,

    mine is a little bulkier, but really like it as well


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    That white is amazing. Rivals my VC 4500 - it would be interesting to compare and contrast.




    Quote Originally Posted by cyrusir View Post
    thats a stunner in silver OP, id prefer it in that config over the blue myself,

    mine is a little bulkier, but really like it as well

    I recognise that one!! Looking good my friend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajw232 View Post
    I think the white/ silver dial is very underrated. As you say it flips colour depending on the light. I actually chose mine over the blue dial back before it was boutique only.



    Iíve had the 15400 for nearly 8 years now although more recently I donít wear it nearly enough. Itís time for a service so once Iíve had that done Iím sure Iíll wear it more regularly again.


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    Love this one! Definitely on my list to own at some point! Currently got a few Rolex (am I allowed to speak such words on this thread?!) but definitely been getting more and more into APs as of late



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    Great purchase and good colour choice.

    I was offered a grey dial early this year...i didn't go for it as felt the legibility wasn't great. Doesn't seem you will have those problems on yours by looking at the pictures?

    This thread also reiterates my desire for the VC!

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the comparison again when you have had the AP a little longer and out of honeymoon period!

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    A few different options if you want a blue dialled AP 
    This one a bit more of a beast !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JP28 View Post
    A few different options if you want a blue dialled AP ÔėÄ
    This one a bit more of a beast !
    Now thatís a tank! How big is that one??



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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalSeb View Post
    Now thatís a tank! How big is that one??



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    Itís 44.
    Itís big but wears really well (pic distorts the sizing a bit) which it needs to as itís not the lightest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JP28 View Post
    A few different options if you want a blue dialled AP 
    This one a bit more of a beast !

    Nice but Iíve done the AP ROO thing with a RB 2 that I never should have sold!

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    Congratulations Stephen.
    Suits your wrist perfectly.
    You are certainly on a roll

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    Lovely watch. I really fancy a 15500 in blue or grey. There's not an AD anywhere near me and I wonder whether the waitlists are any better outside of London. Do you need 'history' with AP to be able to get in the queue and what is a realistic lead time?

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    Here's mine.

    Picked it up 12 months ago, boy have prices moved since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjd View Post
    Lovely watch. I really fancy a 15500 in blue or grey. There's not an AD anywhere near me and I wonder whether the waitlists are any better outside of London. Do you need 'history' with AP to be able to get in the queue and what is a realistic lead time?
    Blue dial watches are now boutique only, for RO models.

    Iím not sure on the buying history angle, I suspect it would help, but if youíre slapping £20k down on a watch it might not be as problematic, albeit desirable models might have a long wait


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    Quote Originally Posted by Topcat30093 View Post
    Congratulations Stephen.
    Suits your wrist perfectly.
    You are certainly on a roll
    Thanks Tony . . . . . Next time you’re passing :-)


    Some lovely watches above - I’ve discovered the quality of AP is quite special!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devonian View Post
    Thanks Tony . . . . . Next time youíre passing :-)


    Some slovenly watches above - Iíve discovered the quality of AP is quite special!
    Will do
    Have you still got all your pieces?
    Did you get the Blancpain?


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    Interesting that in Wimms latest monthly thread, AP scores very low....two mentions against 100 for Rolex, ranking with the likes of Corum. Whether this tells us much about AP sales, as against TZ interests, I don’t know. But it looks as if the gap between Rolex and the ‘holy trinity’ remains pretty large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paskinner View Post
    Interesting that in Wimms latest monthly thread, AP scores very low....two mentions against 100 for Rolex, ranking with the likes of Corum. Whether this tells us much about AP sales, as against TZ interests, I donít know. But it looks as if the gap between Rolex and the Ďholy trinityí remains pretty large.
    Rolex apparently makes 800,000 to 1,000,000 watches a year if its true. AP makes 45,000 but last year were down to 37,000. AP prices are probably an average of 3x Rolex prices as a guess?

    So the market is far slower in production and far higher in price, so the 2 against 100 seems relative. I know of 4 members here waiting to buy RO's - small production being the wait reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devonian View Post
    Rolex apparently makes 800,000 to 1,000,000 watches a year if its true. AP makes 45,000 but last year were down to 37,000. AP prices are probably an average of 3x Rolex prices as a guess?

    So the market is far slower in production and far higher in price, so the 2 against 100 seems relative. I know of 4 members here waiting to buy RO's - small production being the wait reason.

    Good things are worth waiting for eh Stephen?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth-W View Post
    Good things are worth waiting for eh Stephen?!
    Definitely Gareth, letís hope itís not too much longer :-)

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    Hereís one of mine, the ďslightly smarter than a ROO diverĒ;


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    Hereís one of mine, the ďslightly smarter than a ROO diverĒ;

    They don't make 'em like that anymore! Absolutely stunning.

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    It sure if this has been posted anywhere but thereís a price increase coming in January.

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    At an AP zoom meeting a few weeks ago, they told us their website was being totally updated. Appears itís happened today. Some good changes, but a few teething problems that Iím sure will be ironed out:

    https://www.audemarspiguet.com/com/en/home.html

    Also new releases announced today including a variety of green dials - on various ROís.

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    I’ve really got the itch for a RO Chrono and had an appointment at London boutique which got cancelled due to lockdown. However when booking appointment I was questioned by sales rep more than my prospective in laws before I got married...... all just to hopefully buy a watch. Crazy and it’s a game I just don’t like. Only 5-6 years ago I was offered a discount in Selfridges on a RO 41mm..... really regretting not buying then

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    Audemars Piguet Thread

    This is my grail watch, it ticks every box, iconic AP shape, salmon dial and extra thin. the problem is itís almost impossible to source from an AD and like most popular models has to be sourced from a grey dealer at a huge premium.

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    Got mine on tonight standing in the freezing cold at my lads football training, as been said earlier the quality of the watches is absolutely second to non

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    Gratuitous 14790ST pic...


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    You show exactly the commitment that great brands need from buyers; Ďmarmiteí or not is hardly the issue. You get behind what you love. I hope you will get many years of satisfaction from your determination. That watch will always feel special for you. Well done!

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    Just a quick n dirty AP RO diver, the other AP in my collection.


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    Some great APís here. A couple of months in now and the quality of the whole watch is outstanding, especially the bracelet, thatís on another level altogether.

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    Hereís mine. I agree with the comments. Bracelet is amazing when you see it in person. I used to be anti AP but now I love them. I have another incoming tomorrow. Iíll share soon.




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    Quote Originally Posted by jackjack View Post
    Hereís mine. I agree with the comments. Bracelet is amazing when you see it in person. I used to be anti AP but now I love them. I have another incoming tomorrow. Iíll share soon.




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    Lovely 26331ST there. Iím waiting for mine still.

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    That is stunning to be fair....

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