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Old 19 March 2014, 08:18 AM   #1
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A Union of Friendship, AP & the New 2014 ROO Novelties



15 March 2014 marks a memorable day for our small group of six AP enthusiasts who had a few "FIRST" on this wonderful Saturday. Coming from different backgrounds, professions and a wide age gap from 20s to 60s, our budding friendship grows from the initial acquaintance through online watch forums to a lively mobile chat group, all connected by a common enthusiasm in one of the most prestigious Haute Horlogerie brands: Audemars Piguet.

It was our FIRST GTG and although we are no big collectors, the watches and goodies shared among the group were fascinating enough we almost forgot a date with the AP boutique!













Of course, our first AP GTG would not be complete without a visit to the boutique. Bindy, the ever gracious boutique manager, had gladly accepted to host our visit and she managed to pull through a huge surprise, and another "FIRST" for us:

We were the FIRST group in Singapore to have ever handled the 2014 ROO novelties, all up close and personal!

Our adrenaline were all pumped up to the max, as you can imagine. No champagne, no alcohol, but there was an unlimited supply of expresso to keep us sane from all the insanity!





I'm gonna share here some handling experience of the new ROO pieces we have probably read about many times online. Maybe some wrist shots from different wrist sizes too to assist in your imagination…

<b><u>New 2014 ROO Collection</u></b>

With the announcement of 2 new RG ROOs and 4 SS ones during SIHH2014, it marks the end of the ever popular current versions of ROOs like Panda, Navy, Safari, Volcano, Bumble Bee, Rubber Clad, etc. In person, the 2014 ROO looks sharp with its updated mega tapisserie dial, faceted min &amp; hour hands, sculpted crown guards, and most importantly the ceramic crown and chrono pushers. While I love stick/baton hour markers, I am actually very pleased that AP has decided to keep the "cropped numerals" as the hour indicators for the new ROOs, which retains the familiar charm of the Offshore series. With a display case back installed, the exquisite 3120 base movement adorned with the glorious gold rotor decorated with AP family crests is now fully exposed, inviting your full attention to thoroughly scrutinize her inner beauty.







Under fluorescent light…


Color wise, I find the new ROOs look much more attractive in real life. I love the new RG ROO, especially the one with the new leather strap with tang buckle. The color of the new RG ROO dial is hard to describe, but the honey-like color certainly goes very well with the black sub-dials and tachy ring and the combo looks very expensive.







Of the 4 variance of 2014 SS ROO, the black "Panda" and the new "Navy" are the "safest" choice due to the proven color combination of black/red and blue/orange. The black "Panda" is a very masculine watch with all the new design elements. The soft leather strap and tang buckle allows the watch to be worn fittingly for almost any size of wrist. According to the boutique, the new strap combo is applicable to all 42mm ROO. Likewise, the steel bracelet which is used for the existing 42mm models can also be fixed on the new ROO.





Unlike the other new ROO, the blue dial one is supplied with a pair of rubber strap with the new tang buckle. together with the orange accents on the blue dial, the entire watch looks sporty as it should be. The blue dial changes its shades of blue under different lighting condition, which is rather nice IMO.







I find the slate grey ROO with grey strap a pleasant surprise. The watch looks muted on pictures, but it is actually very cool in real life and exudes class when strapped on.





Under fluorescent light...




Lastly, the new "Safari". It looks great on photos, but I must say that my reaction was luke warm when I saw the watch in real life. No doubt the watch is more refined now but the brown indicators and the new cream dial just didn't look as appealing as the previous Safari. I didn't feel an equal charm here with the new piece. But it is purely personal.







<b><u>New 44mm Ceramic Novelty ROO with Anthracite Dial</u></b>

Now, this is an exciting piece. The ceramic case is beautifully crafted and finished. The new anthracite dial and titanium crown guards compliment the black case and bezel so well I think this is the best looking 44mm novelty ROO after the RG44mm. The anthracite dial has a seemingly more defined mega tapisserie pattern which really catches and reflects lights magnificently.

Under fluorescent light...






Under fluorescent light...




<b><u>Other Watches</u></b>

Yes, there are two new lady's RO Offshore quartz watches on display too: one in RG and the other in SS case. These are very attractive pieces with a beautiful ceramic diamond bezel, a white ceramic crown and a white strap.





Besides the 2014 novelties, there were several other amazing watches we had handled during the GTG. I have no other words to describe them besides AMAZING… Let the photos do the talking…

















Lastly, a tray of GOLD!


We didn't get to see the white ceramic Diver as well as the white 44mm ROO novelty this time. But it was ok to us as we remain rather skeptical about these 2 pieces. Bindy has been advocating that the white ROOs are very nice in person. She might be right, as most of AP's timepieces must be handled in person in order to fully appreciate its physical appeal and craftsmanship.

A group shot of the 2014 ROO novelties before leaving the boutique…


A thoughtful parting gift from the boutique… a newly designed travel watch pouch!


All in all, it was an incredible GTG with a big feast to the eyes, all thanks to AP Boutique Singapore, especially Bindy, Teresa, Ilyia and Jaslyn.

We can't wait to gather again for more watch talks! Till then...

Thanks for reading!
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Old 19 March 2014, 08:28 AM   #2
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WOW!!!!!
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Old 19 March 2014, 08:45 AM   #3
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Wow!!!!!!

Thank you for sharing!
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Old 19 March 2014, 08:55 AM   #4
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That's an incredibly impressive set of pictures, thank you kindly for sharing!
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Old 19 March 2014, 09:19 AM   #5
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Many thanks Wayne!!! Awesome pictures and write out!!!
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Old 19 March 2014, 09:26 AM   #6
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Wayne, what was the camera you used?
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Old 19 March 2014, 09:42 AM   #7
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Great report Wayne! Lots to pick from there....Love the new RG ROO on strap....Stunner! All nice of course and what a thread! Thanks for sharing...Cheers,
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Thanks for all the photos but I actually still think your Diver looks the best of the 42mm ROOs.
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Great gathering, sorry I wasn't down there to join in!
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Epic thread and photo assay Wayne! Definitely your best write-up to date and well worth the wait. The photos turn out truly amazing.

My personal favorite among the new ROOs happens to be the "Black Panda" although I was initially drawn to the golden ROO for the sheer bling factor. Something about the dial color combination of the golden ROO just doesn't click with me, while the Black Panda has a subdue yet attractive design with the black, grey and red color combinations. However, I would still say the most eye catching and impressive piece during this event is not the new Novelties or the ultra expensive Tourbillon but the 44mm RG Novelty from last year! I was amazed how gorgeous it looked in person under natural outdoor lighting and without all the stickers.

Thanks once again for organizing and I am sure all of us thoroughly enjoy the GTG and look forward to the next


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Thanks for all the photos but I actually still think your Diver looks the best of the 42mm ROOs.
Oh thank you! It's actually mine.


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Great gathering, sorry I wasn't down there to join in!
Would be glad if you could join. The event might have convinced you to buy a few more APs and not just the clocks.
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Great post! Absolutely fantastic photo review
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Old 19 March 2014, 10:47 AM   #13
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Wow, is all I can say!! Looks like I am going to hunt for next watch
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Old 19 March 2014, 10:56 AM   #14
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Thanks Wayne for the fantastic report and organising the GTG! Had great fun there, and you encapsulated it in your report and pictures very well!
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OMG!!!! I think I need to change my pants. Those new ROO are so nice. I love the new navy and safari!
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Looks like a great meet!!
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Old 19 March 2014, 11:39 AM   #17
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COMPLETE AND UTTER AP WATCH PORN!

WOW!

And yes that new 44mm Novelty is simply stunning!
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Wow! Looks like you all had a day in WIS heaven. Thanks for sharing and giving us some quality wrist shots.
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Wow those watches are beautiful I love them all nice pics
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New watch pouch is cool!
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Wow excellent guys... Thanks for the pics on these 2014 models.

The Rose Gold 42mm ROO and Ceramic Novelty ROO with Anthracite Dial looks very tempting.

Nothing better than spending a Saturday afternoon like this for a AP enthusiast.


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Epic! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pieces and pictures!
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Sharing some of my pics taken during the GTG as well :






















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Holy cow! The black Panda is amazing! Funny how everybody, myself included, was pretty meh about the new 42s a couple months ago when they were unveiled :)
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Would be glad if you could join. The event might have convinced you to buy a few more APs and not just the clocks.
Only one that I am after, and they don't have it sadly!
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Amazing, cant wait to see them in person!
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OMG!!!! I think I need to change my pants. Those new ROO are so nice. I love the new navy and safari!
Didn't know that the new ROOs are orgasm inducing.

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Only one that I am after, and they don't have it sadly!
Well, they still got one right outside the boutique. You might need some heavy duty tools to take it off!


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Thank you everyone for your kind words!

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Wayne, what was the camera you used?
Hey Jason, I used a Nikon Df

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Thanks for all the photos but I actually still think your Diver looks the best of the 42mm ROOs.
You are welcome, Neil. That's Ben's Diver. It has a unique charm of indeed

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Great gathering, sorry I wasn't down there to join in!
Roger, you must join us during your next visit to Singapore. Let me or Ben know!

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Epic thread and photo assay Wayne! Definitely your best write-up to date and well worth the wait. The photos turn out truly amazing.

My personal favorite among the new ROOs happens to be the "Black Panda" although I was initially drawn to the golden ROO for the sheer bling factor. Something about the dial color combination of the golden ROO just doesn't click with me, while the Black Panda has a subdue yet attractive design with the black, grey and red color combinations. However, I would still say the most eye catching and impressive piece during this event is not the new Novelties or the ultra expensive Tourbillon but the 44mm RG Novelty from last year! I was amazed how gorgeous it looked in person under natural outdoor lighting and without all the stickers.

Thanks once again for organizing and I am sure all of us thoroughly enjoy the GTG and look forward to the next
My buddy Ben, I know how much you like that new black Panda
I totally agree that the star of the day was actually the RG44mm. It has so much wrist presence and the weight is very reassuring of its value But having said that, the Ti Schumi and your RG Skeleton are equally stunning with so many intriguing details

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Many thanks Wayne!!! Awesome pictures and write out!!!
Sam, glad that you are there

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Thanks Wayne for the fantastic report and organising the GTG! Had great fun there, and you encapsulated it in your report and pictures very well!
Eugene, it was great to be with you guys
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Superb photos, Ben
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