With its beautiful, frosted bezel and cool blue watchface, this new addition from Audemars Piguet is certain to stand the test of time
Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to expand its 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding collection, established in April 2020. The new addition shimmers 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 Audemars Piguet’s craftsmanship.
Plays of light for the slenderest wrists
The sparkle effect of the frosted gold that adorns 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 34mm diameter offers an ergonomic aesthetics perfectly suited to the slenderest wrists.
The Calibre 5800 and its dedicated pink gold oscillating weight can be admired through the glare-proofed sapphire caseback. The hour, minute, second and date movement features 50 hours of power reserve, ideal for a contemporary lifestyle.
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 Audemars Piguet’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 34mm model with an added touch of femininity and refinement.