AUDEMARS PIGUET REVEALS
A NEW ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD SELFWINDING MODEL IN 34 MM
Le Brassus, July 2021 – Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to expand its 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding collection, established in April 2020, with a new reference shimmering with Frosted Gold – a jewellery technique developed in 2016 in collaboration with Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci. The 18-carat white gold piece is further enhanced with a Tapisserie dial in new shades of blue. This unique combination celebrates the savoir-faire and refinement at the heart of the Manufacture’s craftsmanship.
CONTRASTING PLAYS OF LIGHT
FOR THE SLENDEREST WRISTS
The new 18-carat white gold Royal Oak model shimmers with Frosted Gold. The sparkle effect adorning the case and bracelet provides a rich contrast with the polished bevels of the bezel, screws, crown and links. In harmony with the timepiece’s design, the newly introduced light blue PVD-coated dial subtly plays with ambient light. It is enriched with 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 can be admired through the glareproofed sapphire caseback. This hour, minute, second and date movement features 50 hours of power reserve, ideal for a contemporary lifestyle.
A REFINED FROSTED GOLD FINISHING
The Frosted Gold finishing takes inspiration from an ancient Florentine jewellery technique, reinterpreted by Carolina Bucci in her contemporary jewellery creations. The jewellery designer assisted the Manufacture’s craftspeople in developing it into a horological craft suited to the Royal Oak’s case and bracelet. Tiny indentations are created on the gold surface with a diamond-tipped tool, giving a shimmering effect similar to that of precious stones, like “diamond dust.” This finishing highlights the Royal Oak’s unique geometry and design codes, while capturing attention from a distance. Today, the technique resulting from the collaboration between the two workshops is adapted once more, this time to enhance the 34 mm model with an added touch of femininity and refinement.
A LONG-STANDING FRIENDSHIP
BUILT ON CREATIVE CHALLENGES
The collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Carolina Bucci debuted in 2016 when the Manufacture challenged the jewellery designer to reinterpret the original Royal Oak for women sketched by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976. The resulting Royal Oak timepieces paved the way for numerous Frosted Gold models across the Manufacture’s collections. These timepieces blending jewellery and fine watchmaking pay tribute to the Manufacture’s long history of jewellery watches.
“Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world.”
Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding / 34 mm
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date.
Hammered 18-carat white gold case, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50 m.
Case thickness: 8.8 mm
Light blue dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp.
Selfwinding Calibre 5800
Total diameter 23.9 mm (10½ lignes)
Total thickness 3.9 mm
Number of jewels 29
Number of parts 186
Minimum guaranteed power reserve 50 hours
Frequency of balance wheel 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hours)
About Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Based in Le Brassus since 1875, the company has nurtured generations of talented craftspeople who have continuously developed new skills and techniques, broadening their savoir-faire to set rule-breaking trends. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, Audemars Piguet has created numerous masterpieces, testament to the Manufacture’s ancestral savoir-faire and forward-thinking spirit. Sharing its passion and savoir-faire with watch enthusiasts worldwide through the language of emotions, Audemars Piguet has established enriching exchanges among fields of creative practices and fostered an inspired community.