With its steel case, octagonal bezel, tapisserie dial and integrated bracelet, the Royal Oak overturned the prevailing codes in 1972 and took its rightful place as a true modern icon. The most iconic aspect of the Royal Oak collection is its recognizable octagonal bezel shape attached with eight hexagonal screws. Designing a supremely comfortable and aesthetically pleasing case is an art in itself, involving a highly technical production process. Beyond the octagonal bezel with eight screws, the trademark dial featuring the tapisserie pattern particularly makes it stand out from the crowd. When Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak in 1972, luxury timepieces were usually small and made of gold, but the brand broke these rules, forever defying with conventions, with this first luxury sports timepiece honed from steel. Its powerful look ushered in a revolutionary avant-garde style, that has since become its trademark. Across its nigh on 50 years of its existence, this modern horological icon upholds the innovation and excellence embodied by Audemars Piguet.