The Royal Oak is an iconic watch that has captured the attention of men and women around the globe. The women’s collection celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and to celebrate the occasion, Audemars Piguet (AP) worked with jewelry designer Carolina Bucci to introduce four new references with an all-new surface finish.
AP has called these watches the Royal Oak ‘Frosted Gold’, and the shimmering effect is the result of a surface treatment process, which has its origins in an ancient gold hammering technique. The process, also known as Florentine technique, calls for beating the gold with a diamond tipped tool that creates tiny indentations on the surface of the material. When light catches these indentations, the surface appears to shimmer and sparkle, mimicking the effect seen when light hits diamond dust or other precious stones.
Bucci has been using this technique on her own jewelry for years, and working with AP over several months, the designer and AP’s craftsmen were able to apply it to the case and bracelet of the Royal Oak, without altering its iconic looks and signature comfort. It’s worth noting that Audemars Piguet has never before altered the surface finish of the Royal Oak for women.
The original Royal Oak for women was the handy work of Jacqueline Dimier, who joined AP in 1975 and quickly ascended to the position of in-house head of design. Dimier was then tasked with adapting Gérald Genta’s initial 1972 design to something suitable for women.
The Royal Oak Frosted Gold is offered in white-gold and pink-gold, and there are two sizes for each material – 37mm and 33mm. The 37mm watches are powered by AP’s in-house Calibre 3120, a self-winding movement that offers time, running seconds and date complications. The smaller 33mm watches are powered by a quartz movement, and offer just time and date complications. All four references feature the famous Grande Tapisserie pattern on their Rhodium-toned dials.
Regional pricing and availability is as yet unknown, however we’ll update the story once we have that information.
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