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Karl Lagerfeld And His Famous All Black Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Cheers, HSTE

I wonder that it has not been more widely discussed yet in specialist Forums or Blogs that Karl Lagerfeld is a very long time owner of an AP Royal Oak Jumbo A-Series.

First hand evidence is given by himself in an interview in the "AD - Architerctural Digest" Sept/Oct 2011, page 64-66. KL is asked, whether he has an obsession about particular design objects. His answer (losely translated from the original French interview): (...) "but yes, I have some fetish objects, for example my watch which I wear since 35 years, a Royal Oak"(...)

The special thing about his A-Series Royal Oak is that IT IS COMPLETELY BLACK. As we know, KL - for most of his life - only wore two colors in combination: black and white. The story that I found out is that he had - ordered or been given - several AP RO A-Series, 1973 and 1974 which he wore himself and some of them he gave to very close staff.

I did some research into publicly available material and will try to attach pictures as follows:

- An early Picture (April 2, 1979) total and detail where the black AP RO is very well visible 

- A still Picture from an October 23, 2003 interview on Television

- A still Picture from his documentary movie "Lagerfeld confidential" (2007) where he wears his black AP RO in the opening Scene (first few minutes of the movie)

I had a few years back the opportunity to get "the" / "one of the" KL black AP RO. It is an A-Series (A-12xx), delivered in 1973 to Italy. I assume that KL got it as a present as he gets so many things as a present like his cat, his Rolls Royce etc. I assume the watch has been blackened in Italy before being given to him. But this is speculation. The person however I bought the watch from knows that it comes from the KL "entourage". 


Ares501 - Mr Green February 19th, 2019-12:45
Great hommage my friend!  
HSTE February 19th, 2019-13:18
Thanks my friend Cheers, HSTE
Cpt Scarlet February 19th, 2019-12:52
And it’s black.. Karl would have approved 👏  
HSTE February 19th, 2019-13:17
Yeah, I guess he would... ;-) Cheers, HSTE
Cpt Scarlet February 19th, 2019-13:32
He practically designed “Black”  
Ares501 - Mr Green February 19th, 2019-13:22
Errrrmmmm...he wore it he had it.... it's Karl RO  
HSTE February 19th, 2019-13:30
😎 Cheers, HSTE
amanico February 19th, 2019-13:26
Well deserved homage to Mr Karl.  
Cpt Scarlet February 19th, 2019-13:36
+1 👍  
Watchonthewrist February 19th, 2019-13:31
Great post 🙏🏻  

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