The luxury sports watch category has been invented by Audemars Piguet in 1972, with the release of the first Royal Oak — and Mr. Hart shows that he has a soft spot for the iconic model designed by Gerald Genta.
Hart has been spotted wearing several different models of the octagonal timepiece, both in “normal” and limited editions: from the classic stainless steel to the rose gold (a color he seems to favor), along with more complex editions like the QE II CUP 2016 Limited Edition, the awesome Platinum Tourbillion Chronograph, and the Tourbillion Concept GMT. And, always the elegant man, Kevin Hart has been photographed wearing also an Extra-Thin Royal Oak Limited Edition.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic in Stainless Steel — Reference 15500
The lines of this timepiece reveal the genius of the designer who, in an era where you would find dress watches AND sports watches, created a blend of the two, inventing an (extraordinarily successful) niche. The Royal Oak — which name comes from a naval reference as the main British battleship of the 1800s — sports an octagonal, imposing bevel affixed to the case through eight very visible screws, and encasing its sapphire glass like a gemstone. The timepiece is completed by, a textured dial in a distinctive “Grand tapisserie” design, and austere, very visible hour markers which make it instantly recognizable, and downright iconic.
The 15500 is powered by an automatic caliber 4302 movement, beating at 28.800 bph, and offering a hefty 70 hours power reserve, tucked in a solid stainless steel case with integrated bracelet, with a very traditional and almost small (by today’s humongous standards) size at 41 mm.
The amazing wristband, originally designed for the original Royal Oak by Gay Frères, is one of its key features. It has been recently improved to make it a little bit more sturdy and almost supple — offering the same impeccable finishing’s that you would expect from the “Young Prince”.
This timepiece is so perfectly balanced that it makes an amazing everyday watch — a class act for a watch which costs more than a couple typical Rolexes, but it feels so right as to tuck it under your shirt for a business meeting, or to take it for a ride on the countryside.
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Could his collection be complete without some models from the New King? You can see Mr. Hartoften wearing a Patek Philippe. And as one would expect from his other choices, the Nautilus is his fave.
One of the models he likes to wear is the Nautilus Moonphase in 18k Rose Gold, with leather wristband — a perfect fit for an elegant but sporty looks — but he has shown also a 40th Anniversary Patek Philippe Nautilus in 18KT White Gold, a Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph, and a very elegant Nautilus Diamond Baguette Bezel & Hinges.