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When jewellery and horology come together in a rather unexpected way.

Yellow gold? And chunky too? You know you’re not going to go quietly into the night with this ballsy Audemars Piguet chronograph.

Jay-Z wears one, Arnold Schwarzenegger has one, and most recently, Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title wearing its sportier sibling, the Royal Oak Offshore. Here's what you need to know about Audemars Piguet's iconic Royal Oak watch.

THE GODFATHER - Nicolas G. Hayek (1928 – 2010)

Take a look at your watch. If it bears the words ‘Swiss’ or ‘Swiss Made’, you have the late Nicolas G. Hayek to thank. The former co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Swatch Group was routinely referred to as the Godfather of the Swiss mechanical watch industry. And for good reason: he more or less single-handedly rescued it from the brink of obsolescence amid the quartz crisis.

How special is this boutique edition? For Royal Oak fans, snaring this is akin to owning a piece of the collection’s storied history, as it is the only ‘Jumbo’ model to be encased in yellow gold.

Elevating the definition of ‘luxury sports watch’ several notches, the Royal Oak Offshore High Jewellery shows how far the Royal Oak collection has come.

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