The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold is a bold feminine timepiece
A shining reinvention
In 1976, Audemars Piguet released the first Royal Oak model for ladies that was reinterpreted by designer Jacqueline Dimier based on the Gerald Genta's original 1972 model.
Fast forward to 2016, the watchmaker unveils the new Royal Oak Frosted Gold, created in partnership with Florentine jewellery designer, Carolina Bucci. She has coincidentally turned 40 years old as well.
The Frosted Gold is a result of three years' collaboration in which the new model sparkles with the designer's signature gold finish. Called the Florentine technique, the surface treatment process is based on an ancient gold hammering technique. It's a labour-intensive task in which a diamond tipped tool is used to create tiny indentations on the surface to give that sparkling effect similar to that of precious stones.
"In the world of watchmaking which is so precise, this finish is not so precise. There's a slight randomness to the finish," said Carolina in an interview. "No two facets are ever the same and every watch will be slightly different."
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold is produced in rose and white gold. These are available in 37mm or 33mm; the former features a sapphire display back to showcase the brand's automatic calibre 3120 and 22kt engraved rotor, while the latter is powered by the Swiss quartz calibre 2713.