#FirstClassFriday: This outrageous Audemars Piguet watch is not for the faint-hearted
It's impossible to look at the Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage without going all slack jawed – even if you've been anticipating its release and even if you're a seasoned high jewellery collector. But that's all within expectations because Audemars Piguet's ambition from the outset was to leave you shell-shocked; the aim was to break the conventional rules of high jewellery crafting and to stretch the notion of audacity in jewellery design. Never mind that Audemars Piguet isn't typically regarded as a traditional high jewellery firm, although this is precisely how the Swiss luxury watchmaker could conceivably rouse such raw, visceral emotions with its creations. There are no conventional shackles binding its creative expressions.
Diamond Outrage is the third and final creation in a trilogy of high jewellery timepieces that debuted with the Diamond Punk in 2015, followed by the Diamond Fury in 2016. With increasing chutzpah, these cuff watches bring a heaping of badassery to an area that is often rather more genteel and restrained. Yet they also link you back to the heritage of the brand. Saving the best for last, the explosive design of Diamond Outrage derives from the snow-covered landscape of the Vallée de Joux.
Gem-studded spikes in varying sizes instantly remind you of icy stalactites, which are beautiful but can also be very deadly. Sculpted in white gold, they are covered with brilliant- or baguette-cut diamonds or blue sapphires set using several techniques including snow- and invisible-setting. A total of 9,923 brilliant-cut diamonds and 354 baguette-cut diamonds (approximately 65.91 carats) pave the full diamond version while a whopping 11,043 brilliant-cut blue stones (approximately 65.47 carats) cover the sapphire version. And yes, this breath-taking high jewellery piece also tells the time; two sets of spikes open up, French window-style, to reveal a mirror-polished octagonal dial.
Where Diamond Punk triggered our inner rebel and Diamond Fury unleashed the ferocious femme fatales, Diamond Outrage is for the Maleficents, Ravennas, and Cruellas among us. In fact, if life were a Disney movie, then this is exactly the kind of watch that an irascible snow queen would wear. In other words, it's right on wicked territory – prissy princess types need not apply.
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