Insider: Audemars Piguet Lady Royal Oak. A Daily Beater for 5 Years.

This watch belongs to a watchlifestyler that chose this watch as her daily beater, five years ago. Still in great condition, this timepiece is a great example of what a watch full of memories looks like. Received as a gift after having her last baby, this beautiful Audemars Piguet Lady Royal Oak has only left her wrist twice for the regular battery change intervals. The Lady Royal Oak ref. 60601ST is fitted with a quartz movement but ref. 77321ST is an automatic. We really prefer the automatic movements as they require less visits to the Audemars Piguet Service Centers, nevertheless, this particular watch is just perfection.

The Lady Royal Oak ref. 60601ST in stainless steel, is available on a bracelet or a crocodile strap. There's also the option to buy it without the diamond encrusted bezel. We love the diamond bezel, as it adds a flashy, yet elegant touch to the watch. The bracelet is solid and comfortable and has rounded links just like those on the bracelets fitted on Royal Oak Offshores. The clasp is a double folding clasp with safety lock. The case size is 33mm and comes with a nice and thick bezel set with 32 diamonds—4 per facet—totaling 0.65 carats of very high quality stones. The newer models have now 40 diamonds total. The dial alone is a piece of art with a pattern that resembles waves and hands and markers that look like leaves.


The Lady Royal Oak is also a very versatile piece that can be worn dressed up or dressed down. This watchlifestyler wears it all the time, regardless of what she is doing or wearing. With a mono-block solid case—like that on the first Royal Oaks—, this watch is water resistant to a depth of 50m and has been to numerous beaches and pools around the world without any issues. The case back features the delicate engraving 'Lady Royal Oak' not present on older ladies Royal Oaks. This reference was the first one to bear such engraving. The Lady Royal Oak is also available in yellow gold and white gold.

After finishing our nice conversation with this watchlifestyler, we decided to take a couple of pictures of her watch on the wrist. The contrast between her all black Chanel attire and the silvery dial on the watch is just beautiful.

Now, here comes the warning. If your significant other happens to be around you while you are reading this review, better be ready to buy her one as it is very likely that she'll end up asking for it.  

Posted on April 16, 2013 and filed under Audemars Piguet.