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Today, watches like the Royal Oak perpetual calendar skeleton (a benchmark in AP’s collection and among the best perpetuals available on the market, in my own opinion), the Royal Oak Equation of Time, the revolutionary Chron-AP, and also this Millenary Minute Repeater prove that AP is without a doubt a top-tier manufacture. AP’s in-house self-winding caliber 3120, located inside the basic Royal Oak 15400, is also one of the finest base moves in the world. All these are the things which keep AP pertinent to “real” watch lovers that sometimes get lost in the buzz around the other kinds of AP buyers.And then there’s your average well-to-do watch purchaser. To mepersonally, the best analogy for this other type of AP purchaser is advised via a singular scene in 1 episode of one television series that was popular for a period of time some years ago. I am talking about Entourage, and I wager the great majority of you know exactly to which scene I am referring.Ari Gold receives a good gold Royal Oak chronograph (not unlike the watch I will review down under) by his then-soon-to-be boss, that explains it as “One of the best watches in the world.” The camera then pans to the solid gold watch from its box, and Ari is in disbelief regarding the gift — and thus, AP is introduced to a whole group of potential new clients, the guys who watch Entourage. From this moment on, you see a number of the personalities on the show wearing APs. Many at the time considered Audemars Piguet had paid for the placement, but in discussions with AP through the years, it had been revealed to me not a single dollar was exchanged. Rather, a specific producer on the show proved to be a large AP customer, and insisted it be a Royal Oak introduced to Ari. Entourage did a great deal for AP, but it wasn’t this one placement that defines the “other” kind of AP client. It will give you a good notion of where AP is popular, and that’s in Hollywood, music, and sports, with all the young and moneyed.

Modelled on the Royal Oak wristwatch, the Audemars Piguet Watch Winder Box Replica Floral Clock is a gift to Singapore for its 50th year of independence, on display at Gardens by the Bay.

Seven metres, or some 23 feet, in diameter, the Audemars Piguet Floral Clock is the largest and only such clock in Singapore. Combining horology, landscaping and floriculture, the clock is a gift from the Swiss watchmaking to Singapore, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2015. Taking several weeks to construct (the process is detailed in photos at the end), the clock is a replica of the Royal Oak, with an octagonal bezel made of granite with weather resistant, stainless steel octagonal nuts. And each of the steel hour markers have embedded LED lights so indicate the time at night. Based on the tapisserie guilloche of the Royal Oak, the checkerboard dial of the clock is filled with over 20 varieties of tropical plants. Because the plants mature at different rates, the face of the clock will change with the seasons as the plants are refreshed.

The official opening of the clock, attended by (from left): Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA, Guest-of-Honour and Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, and Mr Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation. 

The pink Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) for instance is a perennial plant that will last for numerous seasons, making it a semipermanent part of the dial. In contrast the purple Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri) lasts only a year.

Madagascar Periwinkle
Wishbone Flower

The clock mechanism is electric, with a receiver for GPS satellite time signals to keep it running on time. It’s located less than five minutes away on foot from the visitor centre of Gardens by the Bay, a 101 hectare seaside park located at Marina Bay, adjacent to the city’s business district. For more information, visit Gardens by the Bay.

Laying the concrete base
Constructed the concrete tapisserie grid
Installing the granite bezel
Welding of the steel components like the hour markers

Photo credits: Gardens by the Bay