Dave's Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is an ode to his friendship with Stormzy
How do you and your bestie have fun? A pint and a shot down the pub, perhaps? While you and your prime man are extensively acclaimed as two of the best grime lyricists of their technology, one technique to present love is to current the reward of, nicely, an 18-carat rose-gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Stability Wheel Openworked. That’s precisely what Stormzy did for Santan Dave at an undisclosed occasion earlier this month, shortly after his album, We're All Alone In This Collectively, went to No1. Dave’s “OMG all my Christmases have come without delay” response will be seen on-line – and it’s not a fairly sight. Now, in case you’re not a watch fan, Dave’s high-pitched squeal may appear a bit of further, however for the remainder of us it’s a completely pure response to what’s absolutely one of the vital lovely watches ever made.
One of many causes for the rarity of this watch isn’t solely that manufacturing capabilities restrict the quantity that may be made, but additionally as a result of the sheer intricacy of the craftsmanship concerned in making such a bit signifies that, all issues thought of, on the worth of £78,600 it’s nonetheless a discount of kinds. The case is the angular, virtually brutalist Gérald Genta design icon we all know and love. The intelligent method by which the built-in bracelet has been polished and brushed, to refract mild in order that the metallic shimmers and glows like a row of diamonds when in motion, isn’t solely one of many key options of the Royal Oak, but additionally a sort of fashionable alchemy.
What makes Dave’s Stability Wheel Openworked model further particular is the way in which by which every seen a part of the skeletonised motion has been hand-polished in a myriad of excruciatingly difficult-to-execute finishes, in order that the entire thing purrs and spins like poetry in movement. This watch will probably be one more masterpiece so as to add to an already spectacular assortment of watches, which incorporates a number of Royal Oaks, a Patek Philippe Aquanaut and a Rolex Daytona.
The horological love-in has carried over into Dave’s music. In “Conflict”, the joint observe recorded with Stormzy, he raps, “Rolexes, bought multiple / My AP price thirty-one / Millimetres, forty-one,” to which Stormzy retorts: “Rollies, bought twenty-one / I been lit since twenty-one.” All of which signifies that, all issues thought of, Dave should suppose lengthy and exhausting about what sort of Christmas current he’s going to get for Stormzy this yr. The ethical of the story? Get your self a greatest pal like Stormzy.
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