Both the white and rose gold versions include the grande tapisserie dials, with rhodium-toned and silvered finishes. Each feature a little date aperture at three o’clock and have centre seconds also. The indicators are elongated and thin and add a nice balance to the dial. The one thing that bugs me is that the floating “Swiss Made” at the bottom of the dial — why can’t it just be a bit lower? But that is actually the only thing that bothers me, which is saying something here.On the wrist this watch is a dream. Sure it is a bit heavy (I can’t say exactly how much it weighs, as Audemars Piguet declined to comment on that), but if you’re worried about weight then you likely should not be buying a good gold watch on a solid gold bracelet. Duh. The bizarre thing about this watch is even though the Frosted Gold seems like a great deal at first, when you set it on it seems surprisingly. . .understated? It sounds counter-intuitive, but some of my HODINKEE colleagues (guys and gals) agree. Whether you’re a guy or gal, this watch looks damn good on pretty much anyone.You can probably tell that I’m pretty into the Frosted Gold Royal Oak. My thoughts here are much closer to a love poem than a review. For me, this view is the best embodiment of sporty glamor that is not only enjoyable to wear but also has an impressive story behind it. The Florentine Technique is truly remarkable and something which we have never gotten ahead on a timepiece similar to this. Audemars Piguet has once again made a product a step ahead of the remainder all while keeping the core aesthetics of the brand.
For Your Frosted Gold Royal Oaks, the Florentine Technique has been applied to the face of the Whole watch. The prototypes were done by hand to create the ideal finish and the procedure took over a year to perfect. However it should be noticed that the collection will probably be frosted by a machine which mimics the method with added elements finished by hand (such as the beveling, by way of example). Producing the model and the final item was quite a challenge, as the technique is applied to the full instance, each bracelet link, and also the bezel, to make a smooth look. And boy is it a look. The only surfaces not frosted would be the interior of the bracelet, the “AP” logo on the clasp, the caseback, the border of the bezel, also, importantly, the edges of the bracelet links. Those glistening finishes really make the frosting appear even more dramatic, outlining it and saying “check this out. “In the metal, this watch is insane. It’s offered in two colours of gold, rose and white, and two dimensions, 33mm and 37mm. Production will be restricted but not held to a strict number. Both you see here will be the 37mm examples in rose and white gold. The 33mm can also be good, but the motion is a quartz movement (the caliber 2713); not to mention, the 37mm is the sweet spot for nearly everybody and it runs over the trusty automated caliber 3120. However, let us get real, this watch is about the frosted gold and nothing else. For me personally, I enjoy the white gold since it looks more like diamonds — by a few feet away it’s almost indistinguishable from a full pavé watch — but the rose gold is just as beautiful if you want a softer look.
It was several months after that this piece appeared! My boyfriend knew I have been stalking the regular stores and forums, and did the same after I lamented how difficult it was to get this watch. He resourcefully discovered a piece on the second hand market, and gave it to me for the birthday!! This beauty here is the Ladies Royal Oak Selfwinding, ref 77321. The Royal Oak layout is legendary and a definite head turner. While the traditional Royal Oak 15400 or 15450 is masculine and edgy, this 33mm Ladies Royal Oak has made a couple tweaks to soften its edges (quite literally) to appear more feminine.On the dial, the white gold applied hour markers are leaf shaped rather than the classical baton. On closer look, the leaves possess centerfolds in order that they glow differently if the light hits from other angles. A similar approach is taken for the hour and minute hands to give the watch face a rounded and softer look than the classical Royal Oak.With that a 5.25″ wrist, so many watches above 37mm wouldn’t sit pretty. For the automatic motions, the 15400 and 15450/15451 are 41mm and 37mm respectively (replacing the 15300 that is 39mm) and certainly can’t sit nicely on a wrist like mine. Moreover, the bigger case and lugs are made at a fixed angle so that it gets pretty awkward when the overhang is too far from the wrist. But the 77321 measures just 33mm, and this fits most ladies wrists perfectly, and seems more elegant than an otherwise rustic rock star look.
The exceptionally complex structure of the bracelet means this is one watch that won’t also double as an epilator. The white dial gives the view a less unrelenting look on the wrist than its case dimensions would have you think — it’s a fairly major 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 that feels reminiscent of this complex thuggery of Daniel Craig’s Bond.It’s been exactly 64 days since I first held the brand new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold, and it has now been exactly 64 days of me overlooking it. This view is everything I want and more. It’s sporty, cool, classic, sparkly, too much, too little, 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 awesome timepiece and how it was at the first place.If you are a avid reader of HODINKEE, you probably know the background of this Royal Oak like back of your wrist. In any case, here is a quick refresher.The Royal Oak was designed by now-legendary watch designer Gerald Genta in 1971. It took to super-stardom over the last few years and was released in many different variations and references (the 5402, 14802, 15400, and 15202, to name a couple) continuously from then until now. The watch has always been known for it’s sporty octagonal case silhouette, large link bracelet, and grande tapisserie dial. It’s a legend and even if you don’t enjoy it, you kind of need to honor its standing in the horological hall of fame.
It had been a few months later that this piece appeared! My boyfriend knew I have been stalking the regular stores and forums, and did the same once I lamented how hard it was to find this watch. He resourcefully found a piece on the second hand market, and gave me for my birthday!! The Royal Oak design is legendary and a definite head turner. While the traditional Royal Oak 15400 or 15450 is manly and edgy, this 33mm Ladies Royal Oak has made a couple tweaks to soften its borders (quite literally) to seem more feminine.On the dial, the white gold applied hour markers are leaf shaped rather than the classical baton. On closer look, the leaves have centerfolds in order that they shine differently if the light strikes from other angles. A similar approach is required for the hour and minute hands to provide the watch face a round and softer appearance than the classical Royal Oak.With a 5.25″ wrist, most watches over 37mm wouldn’t sit pretty. For the automated motions, the 15400 and 15450/15451 are 41mm and 37mm respectively (replacing the 15300 that is 39mm) and surely cannot sit nicely on a wrist like mine. Moreover, the larger case and lugs are designed at a predetermined angle so that it becomes pretty awkward when the overhang is too far from the wrist. However, the 77321 measures just 33mm, and this fits most ladies wrists perfectly, and seems more elegant than an otherwise rustic rock star appearance.
60601ST in stainless steel, is available on a bracelet or a crocodile strap. There’s also the choice to buy it without the diamond encrusted bezel. We love the diamond bezel, because it adds a flashy, yet tasteful touch to the watch. The bracelet is solid and comfortable and has rounded links just like those around the bracelets fitted on Royal Oak Offshores. The grip is a double folding clasp with safety lock. The case size is 33mm and comes with a pleasant and thick bezel set with 32 diamonds–4 each facet–totaling 0.65 carats of very large quality stones. The more recent versions have now 40 diamonds total. The dial alone is a part of art using a pattern that resembles waves and hands and markers that look like leaves. This watchlifestyler conveys it all of the time, no matter what she’s doing or wearing. Having a mono-block solid instance–such as that on the very first Royal Oaks–, this watch is water resistant to a depth of 50m and has been to many different slopes and beaches around the world without any difficulties. This reference was the very first one to bear such engraving. The Lady Royal Oak is also available in yellow gold and white gold. After completing our nice conversation with this watchlifestyler, we chose to have a couple of pictures of her watch on the wrist. If your significant other happens to be around you while you’re reading this review, better be prepared to purchase her one as it’s quite likely that she will wind up requesting it.
For the Frosted Gold Royal Oaks, the Florentine Technique was applied to the face of the Whole watch. The prototypes were done by hand to produce the ideal finish and the procedure took over a year to perfect. However it needs to be noticed that the collection will be frosted by a machine that mimics the technique with added elements completed by hand (such as the beveling, for example). Producing the prototype and the final product was quite a challenge, since the method is implemented to the full instance, every bracelet connection, and also the bezel, to create a seamless look. The only surfaces not frosted are the inside of the necklace, the “AP” emblem on the grip, the caseback, the edge of the bezel, and, importantly, the edges of the bracelet links. Those polished finishes actually make the frosting look even more striking, outlining it saying “check out this. “From the metal, this watch is crazy. It is offered in two colours of gold, rose and white, and two dimensions, 33mm and 37mm. Production will be restricted although not held to a strict number. Both you see here will be the 37mm examples in rose and white gold. The 33mm is also good, but the movement is really a quartz movement (the caliber 2713); to not mention, the 37mm is the sweet spot for almost everyone and it runs on the nimble automated caliber 3120. But, let us get real, this view is about the frosted gold and nothing else. For me personally, I enjoy the white gold since it seems more like diamonds — by a few feet away it is almost indistinguishable from a full pavé watch — but the improved gold is just as beautiful if you would like a softer appearance.
|Model||Royal Oak Lady|
|Case material||Yellow gold|
|Bracelet material||Yellow gold|
|Location||United Kingdom, London|
|Price||£9,000 (= $12,411) [Negotiable]|
The next thing to capture a lady’s attention will be her very best friends on the iconic bezel. 32 brilliant-cut diamonds set perfectly on the bezel. I particularly like the black dial with stainless steel case as it brings out the sparkle in diamonds. While the black straps and dial supply a dark contrasting background, the silver bezel and case adds on the glow of the stones, making them seem brighter and larger. Besides, black goes well with gowns and accessories.Then there are a number of curves from the details to make it more feminine. The curve of the glass gives a jewelled feel, instead of a clean regular glass. Not denying that the cabochon cut sapphire set in the crown. Certainly a wonderful touch to include curves on a crown which has been modelled to look more like a nut.For the women interested in the works, this piece runs on Calibre 2240. This is most likely one of the hardly any models, not the sole, Ladies Royal Oak Selfwinding. Aside from the clear “Automatic” tag at 6 o’clock, another easy way to tell them apart is date window which is missing from the quartz movement.Overall, this time item is easily exploited from work to weekend shoppings and dining. It’s elegant without being yummy; bold without being flamboyant; classical with no boring.Bio notes: Sharon Tan is a engineer through and through, always fascinated by machinery and gadgets big and little. She was introduced to horology relatively recently, and was instantly captivated by the blend of art, science and engineering all encased in a disk. Her selection of watches ranges wildly from straightforward iconic bits to watches with intriguing movements or exceptional finishing. She wants to attract more women into this male-dominated industry. Outside of her job and watches, you are most likely to find her running.
|Case material||Yellow gold|
|Case diameter||29 mm|
|Material bezel||Yellow gold|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
|Bracelet material||Yellow gold|
|Clasp material||Yellow gold|
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|A Rare 18k Yellow Gold Royal Oak Ladies Wristwatch, champagne waffle dial with 12 applied round brilliant cut diamond hour markers, a fixed 18k yellow gold octagonal bezel with 8 iconic Audemars Piguet screws, an 18k yellow gold bracelet with an 18k white gold deployant clasp, sapphire glass, automatic movement, in excellent condition, comes with a presentation box, our own certificate of authenticity and our own one year warranty.|