The creative partnership of Audemars Piguet and Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci, debuted in 2016, gave birth to the Royal Oak Frosted Gold, a shining reinvention of the Manufacture’s iconic design to celebrate the Royal Oak’s 40th Anniversary.
Carolina Bucci is a jewellery designer whose creations are synonymous with a modern and effortless sense of luxury. She has worked for the past 15 years alongside local goldsmiths encouraging them to push the boundaries of their traditional craft. With them she notably revisited the Florentine technique in her contemporary jewellery design – a technique she reinterpreted once more for her first collaboration with Audemars Piguet on the Royal Oak Frosted Gold.
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Rooted in ancient gold hammering, Carolina Bucci’s Florentine technique consists in Beating the gold with a diamond tipped tool to creates tiny indentations on the surface, giving a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones, like diamond dust. The challenge for Audemars Piguet’s experts was to apply this surface treatment across the case and bracelet of the watch without altering the Royal Oak’s clean lines while making them sparkle when catching the light.
Since the first collaboration, the Frosted Gold technique has adorned different models across the Royal Oak collection, notably an array of 33 mm quartz timepieces. This pink gold version features a pink gold-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern as well as, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The 33mm hammered 18-carat pink gold case is topped off with a glare proofed sapphire crystal and is adorned with an 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp.
In the heart of this watch, there’s calibre 2713, a quartz movement which beats at a frequency of 32,768 Hz and which of frequency and has 7 jewels.
The Royal Oak Frosted Gold enriches Audemars Piguet’s tradition of experimenting with jewellery techniques. It embodies a singular, elegant design while retaining the bold character of the Royal Oak. Nothing is added, nothing is removed, yet the watch is transformed with just altered the surface of the gold to make it sparkle when catching the light. This watch will sparks your wrist anywhere you go.