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How It’s Made: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dial from HODINKEE on Vimeo.

Our buddy at Hodinkee took some amazing video of the Audemars Piguet. Here you see how the Royal Oak face is made – using a powered pantograph that is one or two steps removed what Mssrs. A and P would have used in the 19th century.

But just how exactly is this pattern created? Well, AP has been subcontracting the production of its Royal Oak dials to one famed dial manufacture all the way from the beginning – Stern Creations. Stern probably sounds familiar to you. That’s because it was founded by the Stern Familiy, the family that would later go on to purchase a little Geneva watchmaker called Patek Philippe. Stern Creations founder Henri Stern is also known on HODINKEE as the grower of one super mean mustache.

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