Hands-On: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold
It’s been actually 64 days since I previously held the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold, and it’s presently been by and large 64 days of me missing it. This watch is all that I need and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. It’s lively, cool, exemplary, shimmering, to an extreme, excessively little, and, a large portion of all, I need it. Like, a ton. However, prior to getting into my gushing sentiments on this excellence, we should get into the story behind this great watch and how it came to be in the first place.
Where Did This Watch Come From?
The Audemars Piguet Frosted Gold Royal Oak in 37mm rose gold. Wow.
If you are an eager peruser of HODINKEE, you probably know the historical backdrop of the Royal Oak like back of your wrist. Regardless, here is a fast refresher.
The Royal Oak was planned at this point amazing watch originator Gerald Genta in 1971. It shot to super-fame throughout the long term and was delivered in a wide range of varieties and references (the 5402, 14802, 15400, and 15202, to give some examples) persistently from that point as of recently. The watch has consistently been known for it’s lively octagonal case shape, generous connection arm band, and grande tapisserie dial. It is a symbol and regardless of whether you don’t care for it, you sort of need to regard its status in the horological corridor of fame.
At the current year’s SIHH, we saw a ton of new Royal Oak discharges, including the new Royal Oak Extra-Thin “Kind sized” reference 15202 in yellow gold , the dark earthenware Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar , and even the Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Openworked in hardened steel (oof). In any case, the feature for me was the Royal Oak Frosted Gold . This thing was genuinely dope and I imply that at all bright way possible.
What the hell Is 'Frosted Gold' Anyway?
“Frosted Gold” resembles the additional pizza beating you never realized you required. Without a doubt, that pepperoni pizza is acceptable, however have you attempted it with hot nectar? Nah, didn’t think so. Iced Gold is much the same as that.
The 37mm Frosted Gold Royal Oak in white and rose gold, side by side.
First thing’s first, this watch was made to praise the 40th Anniversary of the first ladies’ Royal Oak planned by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976 (actually the Frosted Gold was delivered in 2016 , even on the off chance that it wasn’t accessible to see until SIHH). It was a really serious deal at the time in light of the fact that most ladies’ watches weren’t that energetic and Dimier’s plan was consistent with the men’s Royal Oak however for certain slight changes to estimate and aesthetics.
The 37mm variant of the Frosted Gold Royal Oak, with a programmed development inside.
The supposed Florentine Technique is applied to make the one of a kind iced finish.
A comparable methodology was taken for the new Frosted Gold pieces. Audemars Piguet joined forces with Florentine jeweler Carolina Bucci to team up on this commemoration piece. Bucci is known for her intense adornments pieces that frequently have a pounded finish. This cycle is call the Florentine Technique and it includes a precious stone tipped, needle-like device that hammers into the outside of gold, making little aspects. This takes into account a nearly precious stone like appearance that shines and is unpleasant to the touch.
The cleaned, inclined edges of the arm band joins offer difference to make the icing pop.
The white gold Royal Oak Frosted Gold is a watch I end up staring off into space about.
For the Frosted Gold Royal Oaks, the Florentine Technique was applied to the outside of the whole watch. The models were completely done by hand to make the correct completion and the interaction assumed control longer than a year to consummate. Anyway it ought to be noticed that the assortment will be iced by a machine that impersonates the strategy with extra components wrapped up by hand (like the angling, for instance). Making the model and the eventual outcome was a significant test, as the procedure is applied to the whole case, every wristband interface, and the bezel, to make a consistent look. What’s more, kid is it a look.
The just surfaces not iced are within the arm band, the “AP” logo on the fasten, the caseback, the edge of the bezel, and, critically, the edges of the wristband joins. Those cleaned completes really cause the icing to show up much more emotional, illustrating it and saying “check this out.”
The fasten of the Frosted Gold Royal Oak.
In The Metal
In the metal, this watch is crazy. It is accessible in two shades of gold, rose and white, and two sizes, 33mm and 37mm. Creation will be restricted yet not held to a severe number. The two you see here are the 37mm models in rose and white gold. The 33mm is additionally extraordinary, yet the development is a quartz development (the type 2713); also, the 37mm is the sweet spot for nearly everybody and it runs on the trusty programmed type 3120. Be that as it may, we should get genuine, this watch is about the frosted gold and nothing else. For me, I like the white gold as it looks more like precious stones – from a couple of feet away it’s almost indistinct from a full pavé watch – however the rose gold is comparably excellent in the event that you need a gentler look.
The white gold variant has a rhodium-hued grande tapisserie dial.
The Florentine Technique is applied to every individual connection before the arm band is assembled.
Both the white and rose gold models include the grande tapisserie dials, with rhodium-conditioned and silvered completes separately. Each element a little date gap at three o’clock and both have focus seconds as well. The lists are slender and prolonged and add a pleasant equilibrium to the dial. The lone thing that bugs me is the gliding “Swiss Made” at the base of the dial – for what reason wouldn’t it be able to simply be a little lower? Yet, that is actually the solitary thing that disturbs me, which is saying something here.
The 37mm rendition is controlled by the programmed type 3120.
Up close you can perceive how itemized the icing treatment is.
On the wrist this watch is a fantasy. Sure it’s somewhat hefty (I can’t say precisely the amount it gauges, as Audemars Piguet declined to comment on that), yet on the off chance that you’re stressed over weight, you likely shouldn’t accepting a strong gold watch on a strong gold wristband. Duh. The bizarre thing about this watch is despite the fact that the Frosted Gold appears to be a ton from the start, when you put it on it feels surprisingly…understated? It sounds irrational, however some of my HODINKEE associates (ladies and gentlemen) concur. Simply ask Stephen his opinion about it – he’s pretty much as fixated as I am. Regardless of whether you are a person, this watch looks damn great on essentially anyone.
The 37mm in white gold on the wrist – it truly resembles a full pavé watch from a distance.
You can likely tell that I’m pretty into the Frosted Gold Royal Oak. My musings here are a lot more like an adoration sonnet than an audit. As far as I might be concerned, this watch is the ideal encapsulation of lively fabulousness that isn’t simply amusing to wear yet in addition has a noteworthy story behind it. The Florentine Technique is genuinely amazing and something that we’ve never gotten on a watch this way. Audemars Piguet has indeed made an item a stride in front of the rest all while keeping up the center style of the brand.
I trust that one day I can possess one of these watches, yet I must beginning eating a great deal of ramen. The 37mm in rose gold is valued at $51,400, with the white gold estimated at $56,900. For the 33mm forms, you’re taking a gander at $41,500 and $47,500, respectively.
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