Since 1972, the year when Audemars Piguet first introduced the Gerald Gentaâdesigned Royal Oak to the market, it became one of the most recognizable watches in the world. In 1976 the watch manufacturer has unveiled its inaugural Royal Oak for ladies, designed by Jacqueline Dimier. This year, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this iconic timepiece, Audemars Piguet has teamed up with Florentine jeweler Carolina Bucci to create four sumptuous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold.
The style of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold is defined, as the name suggests, by its “frosting”, achieved thanks to the ancient Florentine gold-hammering technique traditionally used by jewellers. Hammered 18-carat white gold frames the rhodium-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial of this shimmering new classic.
Carolina Bucci makes use of a diamond-tipped tool to create a layer of tiny indentations, which in turn makes the surface of the metal appear frosted. The new frosted gold Royal Oaks come in two metals, white and rose gold, and two sizes, 33mm and 37mm.
The 33mm Royal Oak Frosted Gold is powered by the caliber 2713 and the automatic caliber 3120 in the 37mm versions. Prices are not revealed yet, and Audemars Piguet will not disclose them until the opening of the SIHH 2017.