Audemars Piguet is celebrating the 40th year anniversary of their Royal Oak model for ladies. For this special occasion they have sought out one of the best female designers in the jewelry business and together they are about to introduce the notion of “frosted gold”.
The first Royal Oak model conceived for women was originally designed by Jacqueline Dimier and introduced in 1976. For this new iteration Audemars Piguet has teamed up with the Florentine jeweler, Carolina Bucci to usher in the celebration with a new frosted gold finish look.
This ancient technique, also known as the “Florentine Technique” that consists on hammering gold repeatedly until it morphs into an evenly textured surface, with a sparkly appearance. Carolina Bucci utilizes a diamond-tipped tool to create a layer of tiny indentations, which gives the metal surface a frosted look, hence the names origin.
The case for this watch is available in two measurement and in two distinct metals. It can be had in either a 33 or 37mm size; and either 18k white or rose gold. This watch is a mixture of the iconic 1972 jumbo version and the current 41mm Royal Oak for men, but in a smaller 33 or 37mm case size. As for the overall design of the watch it hasn’t changed much, keeping the Gérald Genta conception in place. The true novelty comes in the form of a unique hammered down gold finish, which covers the entire watch, from case to bracelet.
In white gold the watch preserves a very monochromatic look that highlights its textures; while the rose gold manages to achieve a bigger contrast in relation to its dial. It all comes done to personal taste, as for which one to go with. Audemars Piguet from the start instructed Bucci to apply her technique without altering the classic geometry of the Royal Oak.
And the end result has managed to give a new spin on one of the most iconic timepieces around. Besides the pleasant novelty of gaining such a shiny dazzling look without using diamonds.
Time is exhibited on a hand guilloché dial, with a center seconds hand and a date. The hands and index hour markers are applied using the matching metal to each case, be it 18k white or rose gold. There is also a white date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
Audemars Piguet Frosted Gold Ladies’ Royal Oak
These “Audemars Piguet Frosted Gold Ladies’ Royal Oak” (references below) can be had in a: 33mm version powered by a quartz movement, caliber 2713, with 7 jewels.
While the 37mm edition is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 3120, with 40 jewels, 21,600vph and a power reserve that can last up to 60 hours.
Mounted to these watches is an Audemars Piguet bracelet matching the cases metal, featuring the frosted gold technique and secured to the wrist by a push-button double-folding deployment clasp. These watches will be officially released at the SIHH 2017.
(Ref#: 15454OR.GG.1259OR.01) – Pink Gold
(Ref#: 15454BC.GG.1259BC.01) – White Gold
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