The exceptionally intricate construction of the bracelet means this is one watch that will not also double as an epilator. The white dial gives the view a less unrelenting appearance on the wrist than its case measurements would have you believe — it’s a rather big fellow, clocking in as it does at 41mm. The overall look is sporty, but this isn’t something to wear with an LBD, but it does have an elegance to it, something which feels reminiscent of this sophisticated thuggery of Daniel Craig’s Bond.It’s been just 64 days since I first held the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold, and it has now been exactly 64 times of me overlooking it. This view is everything I need and more. It’s sporty, cool, timeless, sparkly, too much, too small, and, first and foremost, I need it. But before getting into my effusive feelings on this beauty, let us get into the story behind this wonderful timepiece and how it was at the first place.If you are a avid reader of HODINKEE, you probably know the history of the Royal Oak like back of your wrist. In any case, here’s a quick refresher.The Royal Oak was created by now-legendary watch designer Gerald Genta at 1971. It took to super-stardom over the last few years and has been released in many unique versions and testimonials (the 5402, 14802, 15400, and 15202, to mention a couple) continuously from then until today. The opinion has always been famous for it’s sporty octagonal case silhouette, large link decoration, and grande tapisserie dial. It is an icon and even in the event that you don’t enjoy it, you kind of have to honor its status in the horological hall of fame.
A stunning 18ct Yellow Gold Second-hand Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ladies Wrist Watch.When the original Royal Oak initially came out, it had been nicknamed the “Jumbo” for its 39 mm diameter, which was considered oversized at the moment. Eventually, the Royal Oak was created at a 36 millimeter case size, in a 39 millimeter diameter, up till last year. The outgoing 39 millimeter manufacturing model didn’t possess an in-house made dial, along with the logo was implemented in place of the 12 o’clock hour marker. Now, as of SIHH 2012, the Royal Oak comes in a 41 mm plus a 37 millimeter case, together with the 39 mm being earmarked exclusively for the (Royal Extra-Thin “Jumbo”and Royal Oak Skeleton models). The new Royal Oak now has the AP logo applied to the dial just beneath the 12 o’clock marker, allowing for its designers to add a real hour mark for 12 o’clock, which, in this circumstance, is a facetted white golden implemented dual baton mark, a major improvement aesthetically. Measuring 41 x 9.80 mm — the new Royal Oak is only marginally larger than it predecessor, but as I mentioned above, the dial can be vastly improved. Along with also the case back is currently open, something not previously offered within this collection. Which, of course, is a shame for any movement coming out of Le Brassus. And as I mentioned previously, there’s also a new 37 mm version for those who have small wrists (or women). That one works best for you really matters in your wrist size and private taste. I attempted all three and also the 37 mm is certainly too small on my wrist (which is 7 inches in circumference), the 39 mm appears good and so does the 41 mm, so which one did I like? Continue reading and I will say.
For Your Frosted Gold Royal Oaks, the Florentine Technique was applied to the face of the Whole watch. The prototypes were all done by hand to produce the ideal finish and the process took over a year to perfect. However it should be noticed that the set will probably be frosted by a machine that mimics the method with additional elements finished by hand (like the beveling, for instance). Producing the model and the final product was a significant challenge, since the method is applied to the entire instance, every bracelet link, and also the bezel, to create a seamless look. And boy is it a look. The sole surfaces not frosted are the interior of the bracelet, the “AP” emblem on the clasp, the caseback, the edge of the bezel, also, importantly, the borders of the bracelet links. Those glistening finishes actually make the frosting appear even more dramatic, outlining it saying “check this out. “From the alloy, this watch is crazy. It is offered in two colours of gold, white and rose, and two dimensions, 33mm and 37mm. Production will be limited although not held to a strict number. The two you see here will be the 37mm examples in rose and white gold. The 33mm is also good, but the motion is really a quartz movement (the grade 2713); not to mention, that the 37mm might be the sweet spot for almost everyone and it runs over the nimble automatic caliber 3120. But, let’s get real, this view is all about the frosted gold and nothing else. For me, I like the white gold as it looks more like diamonds — from a few feet away it is almost indistinguishable from a full pavé watch — but the improved gold is just as amazing if you would like a softer look.
It was a few months after that this piece appeared! My boyfriend knew I have been stalking the typical shops and forums, and did exactly the same once I lamented how hard it was to find this watch. He resourcefully discovered a bit on the second hand market, and gave me for the birthday!! The Royal Oak design is iconic and a definite head turner. On closer look, the leaves have centerfolds so they shine differently when the light strikes from other angles. A similar approach is taken for the hour and minute hands to give the watch face a round and softer look than the classical Royal Oak.With that a 5.25″ wrist, so many watches above 37mm would not sit pretty. For the automated motions, the 15400 and 15450/15451 are 41mm and 37mm respectively (replacing the 15300 which is 39mm) and certainly cannot sit nicely on a wrist such as mine. In addition, the larger case and lugs are designed at a fixed angle so it becomes pretty awkward once the overhang is too far from the wrist. But the 77321 measures only 33mm, and this fits most women wrists perfectly, and seems more elegant than an otherwise chunky rock star look.
|Model||Royal Oak Lady|
|Location||United States of America, New York, New York|
|Case diameter||37 mm|
|Water resistance||5 ATM|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
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37 mm stainless steel case, 9.8 mm thick, glareproofed sapphire crystal back, screw-locked crown, diamond-set bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal, black dial with Grande Tapisserie pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, Calibre 3120 selfwinding movement with dive-time measurement, hours, minutes, center seconds and date, approximately 60 hours of power reserve, stainless steel bracelet, AP folding buckle. Water resistant to 50 meters.
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