The Offshore is a design classic and the 37mm case size matches a feminine wrist admirably.The Méga Tapisserie dial in black is a bold evolution of the Petite Tapisserie dial first seen on the 1972 Royal Oak.Continuing the angelic colour of the numerals, the “Royal Oak” hour and minute hands are white gold with luminescent coating.A clean, narrow next hand is used for its chrono function.The dial features three sub-dials; hour chrono countertops, minute chrono counter tops and subsidiary seconds. The sub-dials repeat the monochrome pallete with white; numerals, indices and palms presented on a black background.A date aperture is located between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. An octagonol bezel frames the dial and contains eight screws. The screw heads absolutely follow the adjacent line of the bezel. No detail is overlooked.This particular model includes four brilliant-cut diamonds between each screw head, 32 in total.I have seen some independent merchants retro-fit diamonds to a Audemars Piguet, however, this is filled with danger.Audemars Piguet resources diamonds, no conflict or so-called “blood diamonds” are utilized. In addition, the quality of the diamonds is quite high.To retro-fit diamonds to a fine timepiece is to undermine its integrity. It reminds me of someone buying a prestigious motorcar simply to fit a inexpensive aftermarket set of alloy wheels.The bezel is rubber clad and affords the watch that a sporty feel. Available in a choice of white or black, I personally discuss Aphrodite’s predilection for black.
The case is stainless steel and compliments the adjoining rubber details. The crown has some of its stainless steel center observable, underscoring that the cohesion of the substances chosen.The rubber band and case are joined in purposeful union which no man will easily put asunder. The strap also features the Audemars Piguet branded deployant in stainless steel.The case back is strong. This is my only real frustration with this watch as I know that a sapphire case back would afford a wonderful spectacle of this peerless craftsmanship typical of AP. I recently made this remark to a person from Audermars Piguet. I clarified that I can observe the pleasing form of a beautiful woman in an attractive dress, but like most alpha males that I wish to admire the lingerie underneath even more.The movement is finely finished and lovely to behold. I have had the good chance to view Audemars Piguet movements at close quarters and they absolutely demonstrate the mechanical mastery of the artisans of Le Brassus.The 18-carat gold rotor is delightfully detailed with Côtes de Genève motif. The bridges and plate contain circular graining. Chamfering and polishing are professionally implemented with due patience given in the pursuit of perfection.Few Manufacture moves can match the sublime splendour of an AP movement.Motor-racing has always been fascinating to me as long as I can recall. However, as I look back at my weekend in Belgium, it was the opinion worn by a blonde beauty named Aphrodite which is at the forefront of my recollections.I have always had an interest in sartorial elegance and enjoyed the grace of fine, feminine couture.
The incredibly complex construction of this bracelet signifies that this is one watch that will not also double as an epilator. The white dial gives the watch a less unrelenting look on the wrist compared to its instance dimensions would have you believe — it’s a rather major individual, clocking in as it will at 41mm. The overall look is sporty, this isn’t some thing to wear with an LBD, but it does possess an elegance to it, something that feels reminiscent of the sophisticated thuggery of Daniel Craig’s Bond.It’s been exactly 64 days since I held the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold, and it has now been just 64 times of me missing it. This view is everything I want and more. It is sporty, trendy, timeless, bright, too much, too small, and, most of all, I need it. Like, a lot. But before getting in my effusive feelings with this beauty, let’s get into the story behind this awesome timepiece and how it came to be at the first place.If you’re an avid reader of HODINKEE, you probably know the background of the Royal Oak like back of your wrist. Whatever the case, here is a quick refresher.The Royal Oak was created by now-legendary watch designer Gerald Genta at 1971. It shot to super-stardom over the last few years and was released in several different versions and testimonials (the 5402, 14802, 15400, and 15202, to name a few) continuously from then until now. The opinion has always been known for it’s sporty octagonal situation shape, large link decoration, and grande tapisserie dial. It is an icon and even in the event that you don’t like it, you kind of have to honor its status in the horological hall of fame.
The case is stainless steel and compliments the adjoining rubber details. The crown has a number of its stainless steel core visible, underscoring that the cohesion of these materials chosen.The rubber strap and case are joined in purposeful marriage which no man will easily put asunder. This is my only real frustration with this watch as I am aware that a sapphire case back would afford a wonderful spectacle of the peerless craftsmanship average of AP. I recently made this remark to someone from Audermars Piguet. I clarified that I can observe the pleasing form of a gorgeous woman in an attractive dress, but just like many alpha males I wish to admire the lingerie underneath even more.The movement is finely finished and wonderful to behold. I have had the fantastic fortune to view Audemars Piguet movements at close quarters and they absolutely demonstrate the mechanical mastery of the artisans of Le Brassus.The 18-carat gold strand is delightfully detailed with Côtes de Genève motif. The bridges and plate contain circular graining. Chamfering and polishing are professionally implemented with due patience given in the pursuit of perfection.Few Manufacture movements can match the sublime splendour of an AP movement.Motor-racing has always been intriguing for me for as long as I can remember. However, as I look back in my weekend in Belgium, it was the opinion worn by a blonde beauty called Aphrodite which is at the forefront of my recollections.I have always had a fascination with sartorial elegance and enjoyed the grace of fine, female couture.
It was a few months later that this piece appeared! My boyfriend knew I have been stalking the typical shops and forums, and did the same after I lamented how hard it was to find this watch. He resourcefully discovered a piece on the second hand market, and gave me for the birthday!! Goes without saying, I was over the moon and could not stop admiring the piece finished dinner.The octagonal bezel and “Grande Tappisserie” dial is immediately recognizable. The Royal Oak layout is iconic and a definite head turner. On closer look, the leaves possess centerfolds so they shine differently if the light strikes from other angles. A similar approach is taken for the hour and minute hands to give the watch face a rounded and softer appearance than the classical Royal Oak.With a 5.25″ wrist, most watches over 37mm wouldn’t sit pretty. For the automatic movements, 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. Moreover, the bigger case and lugs are designed at a predetermined angle so it becomes pretty awkward once the overhang is too far from the wrist. However, the 77321 measures just 33mm, and this fits most ladies wrists perfectly, and looks more elegant than an otherwise rustic rock star look.
For the 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 noted that the set is going to probably be frosted by a machine that mimics the method with added elements finished by hand (like the beveling, for example). Producing the model and the final item was quite a challenge, as the method is implemented to the full case, each bracelet link, along with also the bezel, to make a smooth appearance. The sole surfaces not frosted would be the inside of the necklace, the “AP” logo on the grip, the caseback, the edge of the bezel, also, importantly, the edges of the bracelet links. Those glistening finishes actually make the frosting look even more dramatic, outlining it saying “check out this. “From the alloy, this view is crazy. It’s available in two colors of gold, white and rose, and two sizes, 33mm and 37mm. Production will be limited but not held to a stringent number. Both 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 caliber 2713); to not mention, the 37mm is the sweet spot for nearly everybody and it runs on the nimble automated caliber 3120. But, let’s get real, this view is about the frosted gold and nothing else. For me, I enjoy the white gold as it looks more like diamonds — by a few feet off it’s nearly 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|
|Location||United States of America, New York, New York|
|Case diameter||33 mm|
|Water resistance||5 ATM|
|Material bezel||Pink gold|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
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33mm stainless steel case, 7mm thick, 18K pink gold crown, 18K pink gold bezel, glareproofed sapphire crystal, pink gold-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, Calibre 2713 quartz movement with hours, minutes, date, stainless steel and 18K pink gold bracelet, AP folding buckle. Water resistant to 50 meters.
Retail price: $16,900.00
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