Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet adds the shimmering Royal Oak Frosted Gold selfwinding model to its 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding collection. The Frosted Gold jewelry technique was developed in 2016 in collaboration with Italian jewelry designer Carolina Bucci. The 18-carat white gold timepiece features a Tapisserie dial in new shades of blue. This unique combination commemorates the savoir-faire and refinement at the heart of the Manufacture’s craftsmanship.
Frosted Gold makes the case and the bracelet sparkle proving a rich contrast with the polished bevels of the bezel, screws, crown and links. The newly introduced light blue PVD-coated dial subtly plays with ambient light. It features a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, as well as white gold hour-markers and hands matching with the case. The 34 mm diameter offers an ergonomic aesthetics perfectly suited to the slenderest wrists.
Calibre 5800 and its dedicated pink gold oscillating weight are visible through the glare-proofed sapphire caseback. This hour, minute, second, and date movement features 50 hours of power reserve, ideal for a contemporary lifestyle.
The Frosted Gold finishing is inspired by an ancient Florentine jewelry technique, reinterpreted by Carolina Bucci in her contemporary jewelry creations. The jewelry designer helped the Manufacture’s craftspeople in developing it into a horological craft suited to the Royal Oak’s case and bracelet. Tiny sections are created on the gold surface with a diamond-tipped tool, giving a shimmering effect similar to that of precious stones.
The collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Carolina Bucci debuted in 2016 when the Manufacture tapped the jewelry designer to reinterpret the original Royal Oak for women sketched by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976. The resulting Royal Oak timepieces influenced numerous Frosted Gold models across the Manufacture’s collections. These timepieces blending jewelry and fine watchmaking pay tribute to the Manufacture’s long history of jewelry watches.