The Swiss luxury watchmaker’s latest women’s timepieces will complement Ralph & Russo’s Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection this fall. The collaboration brings together two family-owned companies driven by a strong spirit of independence, as well as a dedication to age-old craftsmanship, creativity and refinement.
In a powerful play of contrasting materials and textures, Ralph & Russo’s latest inspirational looks breathe life into Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak Selfwinding models in 34mm. Specially created for smaller wrists, the collection includes four variants in stainless steel and/or 18k pink gold.
The 18k pink gold model is adorned with a diamond-set bezel and a silver-toned guilloché Grande Tapisserie dial. One of the Royal Oak’s hallmarks, the design is achieved through a complex manufacturing process based on a rare in-house know-how that is no longer taught in horology school, but passed down across generations at Audemars Piguet.
In a process requiring extreme dexterity and precision, little squares are carved out on the dial’s thin metal plate by an engraving machine dating back to the ’70s that reproduces the motif of a stencil. Small lozenges are then simultaneously cut out in the thin grooves, separating the squares in a seamless weave that creates the iconic tapestry-like appearance.
The two steel models are enhanced by a silver-toned or blue-grey Grande Tapisserie dial, with the latter embellished with a diamond-set bezel. The manufacture also presents an elegant dual-tone model with a silver-toned Grande Tapisserie dial, which combines a stainless steel case and bracelet with an 18k pink gold bezel and bracelet links.
All four references are powered by a new selfwinding movement, calibre 5800, which features a dedicated oscillating weight specifically developed for this new 34 mm model.
(All images: Audemars Piguet x Ralph Russo)