Associating gold to an Swiss Audemars Piguet Royal Oak replica has always been kind of strange to us, as, when launched in 1972, this luxury sports watch was only available in Rose Gold.
First let’s go over the luxury AP Royal Oak Chronogrpah copy watch. This is a watch I’ve thought about purchasing many, many times, though, for some reason, never have. Since both the Royal Oak and the ROC were upsized from 39mm to 41mm in 2012, I thought it was time I get familiar with this larger case size, so Audemars Piguet lent me one…in solid rose gold.
You know us here at swisswatchesreview.com; we’re usually advocates of downsizing… with a few exceptions, and this was the rose gold case here. Of course, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph repilca became larger on the wrist but also better proportioned.
The dial of the dress Royal Oak Chronograph copy watch, which first get rid of the triangular index at 12 and now features a smaller “hobnail” pattern (called Grande Tapisserie). All of that, combined with the larger diameter (which also affects the dial, now larger) gives a cleaner, more spaced feel, resulting in a watch less toolish and more elegant.
Then, it has to be kept in mind that the Royal Oak Chronograph is a kind of vintage-inspired watch, with a design using elements from the 1970s watches – and at that time most Audemars Piguet copy watches were made in rose gold.