Matthew Williams of 1017 ALYX 9SM reimagines the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore | SENATUS



Matthew Williams of 1017 ALYX 9SM reimagines the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore
By SENATUS Magazine | 4 September 2023

Audemars Piguet has collaborated with American designer Matthew Williams, founder of the brand 1017 ALYX 9SM, on the design of a series of Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore that combines the Manufacture's recognisable codes with the designer's refined touch.

Likeminded with the Manufacture, the Chicago-born designer likes to play with materials that are high quality, innovative and highly technical to develop surprising and disruptive creations, while adhering to a holistic sustainable approach.

The two Royal Oak models are crafted entirely in 18-carat yellow gold. The 37 mm Selfwinding model tells the hours, seconds and minutes. The hour-markers and date aperture have been removed to highlight the gold dial's refined vertical satin finishing. The minimalist dial is complemented with luminescent yellow-gold hands and the signatures "Audemars Piguet and "1017 ALYX 9SM." The 41 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph pushes the minimalism of the dial to the limit, going so far as to eliminate the chronograph counters, leaving only the hands to rotate at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock.

The two Royal Oak Offshore models follow the same theme, dispensing with the information usually present on the dial and keeping only the bare minimum. These 42 mm limited editions are available in a choice of 18-carat white or yellow gold, giving them a style that is both sober and dazzling. Equipped with the Manufacture’s interchangeable strap system, these models are accompanied by an additional strap in black rubber for an intense contrast.

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