Introducing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Replica Guide Trusted Dealers

Introducing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Replica Guide Trusted Dealers
April 03 06:42 2018 Print This Article

Many forget that at the time of its debut in 1972, the now-classical 39mm Royal Oak caused quite a stir with its cost, its on-display screw heads in its own bezel, its steel case and bracelet, and its very large cost, unprecedented for a steel watch. Now, all this was to be taken to another level with the Royal Oak Offshore.It was large and brash, and purists who watched it at Basel back in 1993 screamed the Royal Oak had been desecrated — probably the very same people who jumped out to about the original Royal Oak desecrating luxury watches in general. Truth be told, the Offshore has been a bold move by Audemars Piguet, but now most of us know how well it has repaid. Today, the Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore are Audemars Piguet’s best-selling collections — basically synonymous with the brand itself, which obviously is not a good thing, but we will leave that discussion for another time.

Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Frosted Gold last year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first ladies’ Royal Oak, yet the watch garnered significant attention from a male audience despite being aimed squarely at women. In fact, at SIHH earlier this year, AP boss Francois-Henry Bennahmias was wearing a prototype men’s Royal Oak ref. 15400 with the same frosted gold finish. As anticipated, the prototype has made it into production – in a limited edition, no less.

That “frosted” decoration is the result of a collaboration between the Le Brassus watchmaker and Florentine jeweller Carolina Bucci, whose signature technique involves hammering gold with a diamond-tipped tool to create minute indentations on the surface. The result is a fine, tactile and sparkly finish – a decidedly modern approach that mimics the look of gem-encrustation without the jewels.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm 2

Understandably, applying this jewellery technique to the angular lines of the Gérald Genta-design came with its challenges. The team had to ensure that the finishing would neither alter the clean lines of the hallmark octagonal bezel nor the fluidity of the bracelet. Consequently, the finishing has to be applied by hand to individual components one at a time. In effect, this hand-finishing technique ensures that each watch is different.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm

The Frosted Gold watches were originally only available in 33m and 37mm versions for ladies, which were equipped with a quartz calibre and the automatic cal. 3120 respectively. Now the 41mm Frosted Gold for men is powered by the in-house cal. 3120 automatic. It is available only in white gold with a blue “Grande Tapisserie” dial.

Price and Availability

The Royal Oak Frosted Gold for men (ref. 15410BC.GG.1224BC.01) is a limited edition of 200 pieces, and is priced at US$55,000.


 

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