For a masculine timepiece to transmute into a feminine likeness — which has gone on to cultivate a loyal following over 40 years — the women's Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet is haute horlogerie that truly pulls its own weight. First interpreted by designer Jacqueline Dimier in 1975 who took the strong lines of this signature watch and adapted it into a lighter, sleeker aesthetic for the ladies, the legacy of the women's Royal Oak is today re-envisioned in collaboration with jewellery designer Carolina Bucci into a stunning wristwatch that marries key design codes with contemporary femininity.
A dazzling creation that falls in line with the maison's penchant for incorporating fine jewellery into their watches, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold is as its name implies. A shimmering diamond veil settles across a white or pink gold surface, made possible using an ancient gold hammering technique — an artisanal feat in and of itself — that had to be fastidiously applied so as not to alter the Royal Oak's definitive silhouette, whilst still bestowing a tactility to the finished piece. Requiring months of trial and error in order to achieve that soft, light-reflecting sheen with every turn of the wrist, the Frosted Gold is a true product of love and labour. Complemented by a silver-toned dial embossed with a 'Grand Tapisserie' motif, the entirety of the watch illuminates a sensual finesse.
Seemingly delicate yet under laid with the stalwart character belonging solely to the Royal Oak line, this 40th anniversary edition proves, once again, Audemars Piguet's perpetual creativity and innovation. A uniquely balanced timepiece crafted by women for women, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold is the new leading feminine movement.
The Royal Oak Frosted Gold is available at Audemars Piguet boutiques.