Audemars piguet royal oak frosted gold carolina bucci quartz replica watches introduced the Royal Oak Frosted Gold last year to commemorate the 40thanniversary of their first women’ Royal Oak, yet the opinion garnered significant attention from a man audience despite being aimed directly at women. In reality, at SIHH earlier this year, AP boss Francois-Henry Bennahmias was wearing a prototype men’s Royal Oak ref. 15400 with the exact same frosted gold finish. As anticipated, the prototype has forced it into production — at a limited edition, no less.
That”frosted” decoration is the end result of a collaboration involving the Le Brassus watchmaker and Florentine jeweller Carolina Bucci, whose signature technique entails hammering gold using a diamond-tipped tool to create minute indentations on the surface. The result is a nice, tactile and lively finish — a decidedly modern approach that imitates the expression of gem-encrustation without the jewels.
Understandably, employing this jewellery technique to the lines of this Gérald Genta-design came with its own challenges. The group needed to ensure that the finishing would alter the blank lines of this trademark octagonal bezel nor the fluidity of the bracelet. Consequently, the finishing has to be implemented by hand to respective components one at a time.
The Frosted Gold watches were originally only available in 33m and 37mm versions for ladies, which were outfitted with a quartz calibre and the automated cal. 3120 respectively. The 41mm Frosted Gold for men is powered with the in-house cal. 3120 automatic. It’s available only in white gold with a blue”Grande Tapisserie” dial.