Royal Oak: Like The Macallan Fine Oak series, when introduced in 1972, the Royal Oak was something new—not only to Audemars Piguet, but also to the entire watch industry, for it was the first high-end sports wristwatch made in stainless steel. Audemars Piguet was known at this time for making sophisticated high-end wristwatches, but the Royal Oak was a daring new design that made the watch industry stand up and take note. Designed by legendary watch designer Gérald Genta in 1972, the Royal Oak featured a design that appeared complicated yet very minimalistic.
Fine Oak: Located in Moray, Craigellachie, the Speyside distillery that is The Macallan is the third largest selling single malt scotch in the world. Originally, Macallan’s Scotch whisky was, primarily, matured in oak seasoned with sherry brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. However, at the beginning of 2004, Macallan introduced a new product: the Fine Oak Series (triple-cask matured), with whisky matured and mellowed in seasoned American oak casks, as well as sherry casks from Spain. The Fine Oak Series was quite a departure for The Macallan distillery and at the time brought about rave reviews from some quarters, even being deemed by one whisky expert “Best New Scotch Brand” when it was launch.
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