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As we’re suffering the rigors of the heatwave, Audemars Piguet presents a refreshingly wintry version of the 34mm Royal Oak that brings together the spectacular Frosted Gold finish with a light blue dial. Maintaining all the aesthetic codes of the masculine Royal Oak, this hammered finish manages to externally differentiate the feminine Royal Oak without adding the typical gem-setting. The application of the “Florentine technique” to the gold of the case and bracelet produces a certainly spectacular effect without entering the realm of ostentatiousness, something that a diamond setting inevitably gives off.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold

Case and bracelet in Frosted Gold

Jewelry designer Carolina Bucci is responsible for reviving this ancient Florentine goldsmithing technique in a collaboration that dates back to 2016, when Audemars Piguet reinterpreted the original women’s Royal Oak, conceived by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976. The resulting Royal Oak watches laid the groundwork for the introduction of numerous Frosted Gold pieces in the Manufacture’s various collections for both women and men.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold

The term frosted that characterizes this feminine Royal Oak can be translated as ” frosted “, as it defines the visual effect produced by this treatment of gold. Indeed, observing In the images we can appreciate the unusual shine that these watches emit, which reminds us of the intense and brilliant reflection that produces the incidence of light on the frosty frost. To do this, he uses a diamond-tipped tool to create small indentations in the gold.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold

The 34 mm diameter and 8.8 mm thick case is made of white gold. It is Royal Oak through and through, with the dynamic angles of the case topped by the iconic octagonal bezel with eight screws. The usual brushed finish on the horizontal surfaces of the bezel, case middle and links has been replaced by frosted, while the brushed finish is maintained on the verticals along with the polished chamfers. The crown is screwed down and has a water resistance of 50m.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold

Grande Tapisserie light blue dial

The Grande Tapisserie guilloché pattern on the dial provides an interesting textured background that is a key identity feature of the Royal Oak family, this time with a light blue PVD that makes a nice and attractive combination with the frosted finish. A detail to note is that the grid marked by the guilloché shows a soft graining that reminds us of such hammering. For its part, the applied gold hour indexes and hour and minute hands implement a central band of luminescent material. The index at 3 o’clock has been removed to accommodate the date with its rectangular beveled window. As with all Royal Oak’s with this complication, the color of the disc containing the days of the month matches that of the dial, an apt detail that softens its presence.

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As we expected, the automatic mechanical that powers it is the caliber 5800, the same caliber that beats at the heart of the recently introduced Royal Oak 34 mm Black Ceramic. This movement measures 23.30mm in diameter by 3.9mm thick, has a power reserve of 50 hours and a frequency of 4Hz. Through the sapphire case back we can see the bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève and its rose gold rotor developed specifically for this 34 mm version, with a matte central area, brushed surfaces and polished bezels.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Ref. 77353BC.GG.1263BC.01 has a retail price of £49,800.

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