When gold takes on a sparkle that resembles a diamond, it is not magic. It is a Florentine jewelery technique, widely used in Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Frosted Gold.
Created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first women’s Royal Oak, designed by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold is the result of a partnership with jewelry creator Carolina Bucci. Bucci is known for its bold jewelery pieces, which often have a “hammered” finish. And it was this type of finish – carried out through a process called Florentine technique, which gives a shiny, diamond-like appearance, and rough to the touch – that was transposed to the Royal Oak Frosted Gold.
The technique was applied to the surface of the entire watch, including the case, each link of the bracelet and the bezel. Exception made for the inner part of the bracelet, the “AP” logo on the clasp, the bottom of the case, the corners of the bezel and the links of the bracelet. In these cases, the finish is polished, which makes the “hammered” surfaces even more dramatic.
Available in rose or white gold and in two sizes – 33 mm (quartz) and 37 mm (automatic) – the Royal Oak Frosted Gold features the iconic Grande Tapisserie motif on the dial, with thin and elongated applied indexes and a date indication at 3 o’clock.