In its latest women’s watch collections, Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet revisits its iconic Royal Oak and unveils a stunning variety of timepieces, embellished with a wide array of colours, finishes, and adornments.
ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING 34MM
Designed with slender wrists in mind, Audemars Piguet has unveiled its very first 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding watch crafted in black ceramic. The ethereal beauty of ceramic lies in the technical complexity of its manufacturing processes, which marry advanced technology with time-honoured craftsmanship. The result is a lightweight scratchproof material that works like a suit of armour to protect the mechanics within, while at the same time imbuing the case and matching bracelet with an ever-changing play of light.
Continuing the noir tonality is a black dial featuring a ‘Grande Tapisserie’ guilloché pattern, achieved using an in-house engraving know-how no longer taught in horology school. Meanwhile, eight hexagonal screws, crafted in 18-carat pink gold and each meticulously finished by hand, secure the bezel to the case.
Within the casing, the Calibre 5800 selfwinding movement – conceived for the Royal Oak’s 34mm line and unveiled last year – offers 50 hours of power reserve and a water resistance up to 50 metres. Visible through the watch’s sapphire titanium caseback are some of its complex inner workings, including the dedicated pink gold oscillating weight.
ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD SELFWINDING 34MM
Audemars Piguet is expanding the line-up of its 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding collection – established in April 2020 – and amongst the latest references is the dazzling Royal Oak Selfwinding in Frosted Gold. This 18-carat white gold piece celebrates both the savoir-faire and the refinement that lie at the heart of the Manufacture’s craftsmanship.
Frosted Gold is a finishing technique Audemars Piguet developed with the help of famed Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci. Taking inspiration from an ancient Florentine jeweller’s technique, the modern-day version of this finishing process requires immense skill and precision, as it involves the creation of tiny indentations hammered onto the surface of the gold using a diamond-tipped tool. These give the material an eye-catching, shimmering effect – like a sprinkling of “diamond dust”.
The sparkle of the case and bracelet provides a dramatic contrast to the polished bevels of the bezel, screws, crown, and links. This tonal palette is further complemented by the new light blue PVD-coated dial, which plays subtly with ambient light. Take a closer look and you’ll see the intricate weave of the ‘Grande Tapisserie’ pattern, as well as white gold hour-markers and hands matching with the case. Inside, the Calibre 5800 movement delivers a full 50 hours of power reserve, and can be admired through the glareproofed sapphire caseback.
ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING CHRONOGRAPH 38MM
The majesty of the colour purple is at the heart of the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph in 38mm. Available exclusively in Audemars Piguet boutiques, this solid 18-carat pink gold timepiece features a bezel set with 32 baguette-cut amethysts (2.85 carats), which, in turn, perfectly match the purple tones of the dial.
Decorating the dial is a ‘Grande Tapisserie’ guilloché pattern, while the multiple layers of purple PVD applied to the dial result in tones that run the gamut from pink to purple, passing through all the different nuances of blue along the way. Completing the colour scheme of the dial are three chronograph counters, in purple, which are accented by the 18-carat pink gold applied hour-markers and the hands. Of course, the bezel of this new chronograph is the pièce de résistance, as it is the first time that the Manufacture has presented one with a bezel set with amethysts.
Finally, the refined case houses the selfwinding Calibre 2385, with all the necessary functions – chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, and date – and a power reserve of 40 hours.
ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD DOUBLE BALANCE WHEEL OPENWORKED
The three new references from Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked series – three 41mm and two 37mm – combine the colours of the rainbow with the dazzle of Frosted Gold.
The shimmer on the case and bracelet complements the vibrancy of the 32 baguette-cut rainbow-coloured gemstones in the bezel. In all, there are 12 different types of stones incorporated, including ruby, tsavorite, emerald, topaz, tanzanite, amethyst, and a variety of sapphires. All this colour helps illuminate the Manufacture’s state-of-the-art openworked double balance wheel mechanism, which is visible on both sides of the case. Openworking has been an Audemars Piguet specialty since the 1930s, and it involves horological mastery of the highest level.
On the 41mm reference, the yellow, pink or white Frosted Gold case and bracelet contrast the openworked movement’s slate grey NAC-coated bridges as well as the dial’s black inner bezel. As for the two 37mm references, in 18-carat pink and yellow gold, both sport a matching pink or yellow gold-toned openworked movement, sharply contrasted by the blackened openworked barrel at 1 o’clock – which discloses the watch’s mainspring.
Experience Audemars Piguet timepieces at the AP House Bangkok, Gaysorn Tower 4th floor or call 02-108-6305.
For more information, visit Audemars Piguet.
(Image credit: Harley Weir, Inès Dieleman for Audemars Piguet)
This article first appeared in the October 2021 issue of Prestige Thailand.