Crafted in concert with the Florentine designer Carolina Bucci, the new Royal Oak presents the perfect canvas for an ancient micro hammering technique that creates a shimmering frost effect in 18kt gold on the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold edition. Launched to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first ladies Royal Oak, the ‘Florentine Hammering’ effect on the horizontal surfaces is complimented by both brushed and high-polish finishes that frame the textural effect in an exquisite display of metallurgical finesse. Elevating a classic timepiece into an elegant expression of the jeweler’s art, without overwhelming the timeless design codes can be a challenge, but one look at Carolina’s results make it clear that the essence that made Royal Oak one of the most easily recognized watches in the world not only remain, they have been magnified by her efforts. While the technique removes no gold, the textured finish creates a tension and counterpoints the more traditional finishes that play a secondary role in this particular version of the Royal Oak.
About Audemars Piguet
A watchmaking empire was born in 1875 when Jules Louis Audemars joined forces with Edward Auguste Piguet. Founded on precision, artistry and enterprise, Audemars Piguet remains oldest fine watch-making manufacturer operated by the same family. Perhaps one of its most recognized accomplishments is actualized in the Royal Oak case. Designed by watchmaking legend Charles Gérald Genta, the Royal Oak was the world’s first luxury sport watch. Today, Audemars Piguet remains one of the most recognized Ateliers in the world.