Some of the luxury watches selected for these pages have made the grade specifically for the incredible amount of watch technology they deliver in affordable packages.
Audemars Piguet goes a different route with this year’s 41mm Royal Oak Chronograph with small seconds; trading on its history, craftsmanship, technical prowess and design to offer a stainless steel self-winding chronograph that retails for almost £20,000.
So, is it worth it? Hell, yes.
The black dial’s “Grande Tapisserie” pattern adorned with white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating is a masterpiece of masculinity.
The self-winding Calibre 2385 with a gold oscillating weight unidirectional winder has a 40 hour power reserve.
AP’s loyal followers will find the layout reassuringly familiar with its hour, minute, second and chronograph hands, plus a 30-minute counter, hours and half hours counter hand and a date aperture.