The replica audemars piguet royal oak automatic watch with 18k gold skeleton dial Diamond Outrage, unveiled at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) exhibition in Geneva in January, marked the end of an outrageous diamond era for the brand. The newest diamond-set spiked cuff watch — carrying a $1.25 million price tag — was the last in a trilogy of exceptional secret watches unveiled by the brand over the course of three years.
The Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage is a one-of-a-kind piece created in two versions: all diamond or all sapphire. Each 18-karat white gold cuff copy watch features 48 gold spikes made in various heights (39 and 40mm tall) that are designed to emulate the icicles that form on buildings in winter time the brand’s home town in the Vallee d’ Joux. Somewhere nestled in the midst of the spikes is a secret watch, whose gemstone-encrusted case lifts to reveal a mirror-polished dial beneath.
Each spike is meticulously set with tens of thousands of gemstones. In fact, the Diamond Outrage Sapphire features 11,043 brilliant-cut sapphires weighing 65.47 carats. The diamond version holds about the same weight and stone count — in all diamonds, naturally. The master gem setters at Audemars Piguet invested approximately 2,500 hours into meticulously setting the stones on each watch.
The spectacular spiked beauty, as mentioned, is the third and final in a trilogy of delightful diamond fake watches. The first in the series, the Diamond Punk, was released in 2015. It was a bit more subdued in that it featured triangular raised segments. The watch took its inspiration from the Punk era and features 56 three-dimensional triangular-shaped prisms bedecked in thousands of diamond brilliants.
The 2016 watch, the Diamond Fury, was bedecked in 2,016 diamond brilliants and took the brand’s artisans more than 1,500 hours to set the all-diamond piece with 4,635 brilliant-cut diamonds. The Diamond Punk and the Diamond Fury were each also offered in a second version that combined diamonds and onyx. Those pieces carried price tags of between a half and three-quarters of a million dollars. This year, the decision was made to end the trilogy with a “bang,” or in this case with an outrageous iteration.