Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families, Audemars and Piguet. Founded in 1875, AP have produced some iconic pieces for the ages, and arguably the most iconic of them all would be that of the Royal Oak Series. This, of course, came from the legendary Gerald Genta back in 1970 and has proven itself to be a timeless design for AP 47 years on from its inception.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Limited Edition
Following the success of Royal Oak Frosted Gold that was released in November 2016, Audemars Piguet are releasing a 200-piece limited edition Royal Oak Frosted Gold in a modern 41mm size. This exclusive piece features a 18-carat frosted white gold case and bracelet, glare-proof sapphire caseback, along with the trademark Grand Tapisserie dial and luminescent Royal Oak hands.
The highly aesthetic frosted gold effect is otherwise known as a Florentine finish, which has been around for a number of decades but predominantly featured on smaller jewellery pieces. The texture is created by repeatedly marking the precious metal with a diamond tipped tool and this creates tiny indentations on the surface of the white gold to give the sparkle similar to that of precious stones.
Applying this delicate technique to a larger piece such as the Royal Oak required the master craftsmen at Audemars Piguet to execute on a larger surface area, yet at the same time maintaining the sharp, clean lines that we have come to know and expect from the Royal Oak line. The result is a stunningly beautiful watch that blurs the line between jewellery and a timepiece thanks to its immaculately textured and finished case and bracelet.
With such a elegant yet sporty piece, AP has also released a series of cufflinks that are a faithful recreation of the trademark octagonal case and hexagonal screws that define the Royal Oak series. These come in a variety of colourways: Stainless Steel with blue/black/silver Tapisserie, Pink Gold with blue/black Tapisserie, and Yellow Gold with blue Tapisserie. With a choice of 6 colourways, the cufflinks are bound to match almost any suit that one chooses to wear with the Frosted Gold Royal Oak.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Limited Edition of 200 pieces
Case: Frosted 18-carat white gold with screw-down crown
Crystal: AR Sapphire crystal and caseback
Dial: Blue Grand Tapisserie pattern, applied white gold hour markers and luminescent Royal Oak hands
Bracelet: Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date
Royal Oak Frosted Gold Limited Edition Watch: RRP SGD 77,200 incl. GST
Stainless Steel Cufflinks: SGD 2,000 incl. GST
Pink/Yellow Gold Cufflinks: SGD 5,500 incl. GST