The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is an iconic watch. And it comes at a price. So, naturally, watch buyers – either on a tighter budget or disinterested/unwilling to pay the retail price – opt for a watch that can fit the Royal Oak slot in their collection, without tearing a Royal Oak-sized hole in their wallet. These watches can come from a number of places, mainly from AP’s enormous collection of different Royal Oaks. The “replacement” from Bvlgari (found in the similarly designed Octo Solotempo) just doesn’t fit the bill. Why? It’s too high a price to pay for a watch that lacks the history and the name that the Royal Oak carries. That being said, the Octo Solotempo stands on its own – but that’s a separate issue.

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