HEARST PICKS: Luxury Watches of the Year, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Some of the luxury watches selected for these pages have made the grade specifically for the incredible amount of watch technology they deliver in affordable packages.

Audemars Piguet goes a different route with this year’s 41mm Royal Oak Chronograph with small seconds; trading on its history, craftsmanship, technical prowess and design to offer a stainless steel self-winding chronograph that retails for almost £20,000.

So, is it worth it? Hell, yes.

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The black dial’s “Grande Tapisserie” pattern adorned with white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating is a masterpiece of masculinity.

The self-winding Calibre 2385 with a gold oscillating weight unidirectional winder has a 40 hour power reserve.

AP’s loyal followers will find the layout reassuringly familiar with its hour, minute, second and chronograph hands, plus a 30-minute counter, hours and half hours counter hand and a date aperture.

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