Since the 19th century, Audemars Piguet has created an array of small watches for women that have pushed the boundaries of miniaturisation, gem setting and aesthetic refinement. From timeless classics and jewellery pieces to avant-garde artistic creations, these timepieces reflect the technical and aesthetic challenges of their respective eras, often anticipating their female clientele’s evolving tastes and expectations. 

These feats of miniaturisation in that era resulted in the creation of new styles of bracelet watches, wristwatches and pendant watches for both men and women. Miniaturisation took yet another turn following the introduction in 1972 of the groundbreaking Royal Oak, designed by Gérald Genta. 

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Jacqueline Dimier, who was at the head of the design office from 1975 to 1999, was tasked with the mission to design a version for women, giving rise to the Royal Oak II in 1976. This timepiece, powered by the small self-winding Calibre 2062, retained all the codes of the original model (5402) but significantly reduced its proportions to grace smaller wrists. At 29mm, Model 8638, and its gem-set 8756 derivative, remains the smallest self-winding Royal Oak ever made.

For 2024, Audemars Piguet is pleased to unveil a new miniature Royal Oak quartz model measuring a mere 23mm in diameter and crafted in 18-carat yellow, white or pink gold. These mini monochrome timepieces blend the strong aesthetic codes of the original Royal Oak with the shimmering brilliance of Frosted Gold, creating a striking visual effect. 

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The jewellery aesthetic of these dainty creations continues on the dial. The tone-on-tone Petite Tapisserie enhances the play of light created by the Frosted Gold. The luminous dial is complemented by facetted gold hour-markers that match with the colour of the case and are filled with luminescent material for optimum visibility in the dark.

The Royal Oak Mini Frosted Gold models are powered by the quartz movement, Calibre 2730, one of the best in class for watches of this size. With a battery life of over seven years, this movement is ideal for a contemporary lifestyle. 

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    In addition, the Calibre 2730 is equipped with a “switch”: by simply pulling on the crown, the wearer can temporarily deactivate the battery. In keeping with the tradition of Haute Horlogerie, this quartz mechanism is finished with refined decorations.

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