In 1972, Audemars Piguet captivated the world with the Gerald Genta–designed Royal Oak. It was revolutionary to say the least. Royal Oak is by far one of the most distinguishable watches in the world. However, many people are not aware that in 1976 the very first ladies’ Royal Oak, designed by Jacqueline Dimier, was released. That makes 2016 the 40th anniversary of the ladies’ Royal Oak and Audemars Piguet has partnered up with Florentine jeweller Carolina Bucci to celebrate, releasing four new women’s watches with a new frosted gold finish.
Produced in rose or white gold, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold is characterised by a surface treatment process rooted in an ancient gold hammering technique, also called the Florentine technique. This special finish has been used in Carolina Bucci’s workshops for decades, predominantly on smaller pieces. By beating the gold with a diamond tipped tool, it creates tiny indentations on the surface that give a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones, like diamond dust.