Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak collection of watches is turning 40! And to celebrate, the brand has created a new timepiece for women that’s a contemporary new take on a classic design. Christened the Royal Oak Frosted Gold the watch has been created in collaboration with Florentine jewelry designer, Carolina Bucci.
The watch features an 18kt white or rose gold case measuring 37mm or 33mm. It also features an AR-coated sapphire crystal, and a sapphire display back for the 37mm version. Inside the 37mm version is a Swiss automatic Audemars-Piguet in-house caliber 3120 with 40 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 60 hours. This movement is made more unique by the addition of a 22kt engraved rotor. The 33mm version uses the Swiss quartz caliber 2713 movement complete with 7 jewels. Both versions are water-resistant to 50 meters.
The specialty of these beautiful watches, however, is the stunning exterior. The strap and case resemble a piece of fine jewelry thanks to a surface treatment process rooted in an ancient gold hammering technique, also called the Florentine technique. Carolina Bucci has used this technique in jewelry making before while the Audemars Piguet’s experts adapted it to create the Royal Oak Frosted Gold.
“The Royal Oak is one of the most iconic watch designs in existence. That is quite daunting when you are considering how to refresh something aesthetically. I wanted to give the watch a dynamic quality that captures the attention of those who see it. When I think about my jewelry, I think about both the wearer AND those who will see it being worn. By treating the finish of the gold with a Florentine effect, you have added nothing to the watch, nor subtracted anything – just altered the surface of the gold to make it sparkle when catching the light. In doing so, the watch becomes something entirely fresh and confident” said Bucci.
The watches will make their debut at SIHH 2017.