As a huge fan of Audemars Piguet for the past four years, it was a pleasure to see President of Audemars Piguet Francois-Henry Bennahmias so excited for the opening. The exhibit starting in New York is a true statement of just how quickly the brand has grown in the United States, as Francois explains, it would have been last stop 10 years ago.
The exhibit is truly a remarkable event as it follows the evolution of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak from the original 1927 timepiece to the most recent installment, along with all the top Audemars Piguet watches made since the brand’s inception. As I walked through the Armory, I got goosebumps seeing all of the amazing pieces.
One of the coolest watches I saw was a Gold Royal Oak from the personal collection of its creator Mr. Gerald Genta, which his wife generously lent to the exhibit.
I couldn’t help but ask which watch Francois was planning to wear to the gala tonight, arguably one of the biggest nights in a long time for Audemars Piguet in the United States. He hinted at the fact that it was a watch he never thought he could afford but bought it at auction three years ago.