Integrated Bracelets
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak sport watch fairly rocked the watch industry in 1972 with an integrated bracelet that seamlessly flowed from its case. In 1976, the designer, Gérald Genta, followed his revolutionary vision with the Nautilus for Patek Philippe. Nearly 50 years later, they may be seldom sighted unicorns, but the stainless-steel, sport-watch market is so hot that other brands are jumping in with novel interpretations. Chopard went retro with last fall’s Alpine Eagle (starting at $10,100). A bezel secured with four pairs of screws is a nod to its predecessor, the 1980 St. Moritz, the first piece designed by current copresident Karl-Friedrich Scheufele at age …
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