Thursday, November 10, 2016

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold

In 2016, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection for women celebrates its 40th anniversary, and to mark this milestone, Vallée de Joux based Swiss watch manufacture presents a new lady watch collection christened Royal Oak Frosted Gold.
Created in collaboration with Florentine jewellery designer Carolina Bucci, this new timepiece collection reinvents the iconic design of women’s Royal Oak. It was Jacqueline Dimier who reinterpreted Gérald Genta’s initial 1972 model and imagined the first Royal Oak for women in 1976. Available in white and pink gold versions, Royal Oak Frosted Gold timepieces honour the style and character of the female designers who have contributed to the Royal Oak legacy: from Jacqueline Dimier to Carolina Bucci.
The defining feature of the Royal Oak Frosted Gold resides in its shimmering sparkle, which in turn comes from a surface treatment process rooted in an ancient gold hammering technique, also called the Florentine technique. Carolina Bucci has reinterpreted this technique in jewellery design today while Audemars Piguet’s experts developed it into a horological craft suited to the unique case and bracelet construction of the Royal Oak.
The link between the tactile quality of the Florentine finish and the unique brushed and polished work of the Royal Oak’s case and bracelet – a defining detail of this iconic design –triggered the idea of a collaboration between the two parties.
The Florentine finish has been used in Carolina Bucci’s workshops for decades, predominantly on smaller pieces. By beating the gold with a diamond tipped tool, it creates tiny indentations on the surface that give a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones, like diamond dust. In recent years Carolina Bucci has been using this effect in a bolder way on large cuffs and pendants, highlighting the finish more than any other part of the design.
The challenge for Audemars Piguet’s craftsmen was to apply this surface treatment technique across the case and bracelet of the watch without altering the clean lines that define the Royal Oak’s form. Then the original gradating bracelet construction also demanded that the order in which the rest of the finishing (polishing and satin finish)is executed be reconsidered. It took months of trial and error between Bucci’s Florentine craftsmen and Audemars Piguet’s manufacture to alter the surface of the gold in such a way that it sparkles when catching the light, while retaining the softness and flexibility of the Royal Oak’s bracelet.
Royal Oakfrosted Gold - 37 mm
Ref: 15454OR.GG.1259OR.01

Case
Hammered 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Functions
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Date

Royal Oakfrosted Gold - 33 mm
Ref: 67653OR.GG.1263OR.01

Case
Hammered 18-carat pink gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Functions
Hours
Minutes
Date

Royal Oak Frosted Gold - 37 mm
Ref: 15454BC.GG.1259BC.01

Case
Hammered 18-carat white gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Rhodium-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Functions
Hours
Minutes
Centre seconds
Date

Royal Oak Frosted Gold - 33 mm
Ref: 67653BC.GG.1263BC.01

Case
Hammered 18-carat white gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Rhodium-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Functions
Hours
Minutes
Date

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