The frosted white gold and glacial light blue dial bring a cool touch to the 34mm Royal Oak.
Audemars Piguet has expanded its frosted Royal Oak collection with a new 34 mm model that is shining with a finely crafted white gold case and a fresh light blue dial. Five years ago, Audemars Piguet released a matte gold version of the iconic Royal Oak; not the iconic Royal Oak designed by Gérald Genta in 1972, but the same iconic Royal Oak redesigned for women by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976 .
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the women’s watch in 2016, the 33 mm (quartz) and 37 mm (mechanical self-winding) Royal Oak watches are equipped with flashing designs created by Florentine jewelry designer Carolina Bucci (Carolina Bucci). Bright hammered gold case. Although the thought of holding a hammer on a watch may make you dizzy, Carolina Bucci is the fourth-generation jeweler of the Florentine Bucci jewelry dynasty, and is in the golden hammer technique Dominate. Using diamond tools to create tiny dents in the metal results in a discreet flash that is never flashy. The crystal clear frosted surface, like a watch just taken out of the refrigerator, is not only beautiful, but also very wear-resistant and scratch-resistant.
As all our readers know, Gérald Genta’s 1972 Royal Oak steel watch-with its eye-catching octagonal bezel, one-piece bracelet, exposed screws, tapestry dial and slightly industrial style- -Shocked the watch industry. As a pioneer of the luxury sports watch genre, Royal Oak was initially touted as a watch with a “steel body and gold heart”. Although it is not the first sports watch on the market-Rolex has been providing powerful tool watches for decades-but the Royal Oak is the first luxury sports watch on the market. A bold statement went against the common belief that the metal of the watch determines its value. The Royal Oak proved that it is not the metal, but the design and courage of the movement that make it unique.
The combination of hammered bracelet and case in 2016, like everything related to Royal Oak, was bold but immediately won the hearts of male and female RO fans. The frosted Royal Oak is very popular. Since its launch in 2016, it has launched double balance wheel skeletonized 41mm and 37mm gold models, 41mm white gold chronographs with purple dials, and less gorgeous white gold and dark silver dials with special features. A new generation of automatic flyback movement designed for the Code 11.59 series.
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This year, Audemars Piguet cheap launched a new 34 mm white gold watch with a gorgeous light blue dial to expand its frosted collection. Although this watch marked the first appearance of the Frosted RO 34mm model, the “normal” 34mm RO appeared last year, with an outsourcing ultra-thin automatic movement with a black ceramic case, or a choice of stainless steel and rose gold models. All 34 mm models have the same case size and height, and are water-resistant to 50 meters.
The latest Royal Oak frosted gold automatic movement uses a 34 mm white gold case with an ultra-thin height of only 8.8 mm. The shimmering hammered surface (case and integrated bracelet) is reminiscent of the texture of diamond dust, with the polished octagonal bevel of the bezel, the eight screws on the bezel, the outer side of the crown and the middle case, and the composition The links of the one-piece bracelet contrast sharply.
The light blue PVD coated “Grande Tapisserie” pattern dial is combined with the matte gold elements of the case and the white gold hour markers, which is very attractive. If you look closely, you will notice that the area under the raised cushion on the Grand Tapisserie (waffle) pattern is also slightly grainy, matching the surface area of the hammered gold case. Like all other Royal Oak models with a date window, the background matches the dial color to make it as unobtrusive as possible. In this case, the background of the date is light blue and the numbers are black. Once again, the applied platinum hour markers and hands are filled with a strip of luminous coating. AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD SELFWINDING 34MM
Through the sapphire crystal back cover, you can see AP’s 5800 automatic winding movement. The 5800 movement is not produced in-house by AP, but by Vaucher, a movement manufacturer known for its high-end movements. This slender automatic movement (23.3 mm x 3.9 mm) is the natural choice for the 34 mm Royal Oak, because the 3120 movement is too large. The 5800 movement beats at a speed of 28,800vph and also provides a considerable 50-hour power reserve. The splint is decorated with Geneva stripes. The rotor was specially developed for this 34 mm rose gold version, with a central frosted, brushed surface and a polished bevel.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD SELFWINDING 34MM
Case: 34mm diameter x 8.8mm thickness – 18k white gold, hammered, polished bevels – glare-proof sapphire crystal over dial, sapphire crystal caseback – 50m water-resistance
Dial: light blue with ‘Grande Tapisserie’ pattern – 18k white gold applied markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating – hour aperture at 3 o’clock
Movement: calibre 5800, Vaucher base VMF 3000 – automatic – 23.3mm x 3.9mm – 189 parts, including 28 jewels – 28,800 vibrations/hour – 50h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, date
Bracelet: integrated 18k white gold bracelet, hammered – AP folding clasp