For the Frosted Gold Royal Oaks, the Florentine Technique has been applied to the face of the entire watch. The prototypes were done by hand to create the ideal finish and the process took over a year to perfect. However it should be noted that the collection is going to be frosted by a machine that mimics the method with additional elements completed by hand (such as the beveling, by way of instance). Creating the model and the final product was quite a challenge, as the method is implemented to the full instance, each bracelet link, along with also the bezel, to create a seamless look. The sole surfaces not frosted are the interior of the bracelet, the “AP” emblem on the grip, the caseback, the border of the bezel, and, importantly, the borders of the bracelet links. Those polished finishes really produce the frosting look even more striking, outlining it and saying “check this out. “From the alloy, this view is crazy. It is available in two colors of gold, rose and white, and two dimensions, 33mm and 37mm. Production will be restricted although not held to a stringent number. The two you see here will be the 37mm examples in white and rose gold. The 33mm can also be good, but the movement is a quartz movement (the caliber 2713); not to mention, the 37mm is the sweet spot for nearly everybody and it runs on the trusty automated caliber 3120. But, let’s get real, this view is about the frosted gold and nothing else. For me personally, I like the white gold as it seems more like diamonds — by a few feet off it’s almost indistinguishable from a full pavé watch — although the improved gold is just as amazing if you want a softer appearance.
The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph celebrates its twentieth birthday this year and is in danger of being overshadowed by the fortieth anniversary of its more famous cousin, the Royal Oak. The Offshore is a design classic and the 37mm instance size suits a female wrist admirably.The Méga Tapisserie dial in black is a bold evolution of the Petite Tapisserie dial first observed on the 1972 Royal Oak.Continuing the angelic colour of the numerals, the “Royal Oak” hour and minute hands are white gold using luminescent coating.A clean, narrow second hand is utilized for its chrono function.The dial includes three sub-dials; hour chrono countertops, minute chrono counter and subsidiary seconds. The sub-dials repeat the black 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 perfectly stick to the adjacent line of the bezel. No detail is overlooked.This particular model features four brilliant-cut diamonds between each screw head, 32 in total.I have observed some independent retailers retro-fit diamonds into an Audemars Piguet, but this is fraught with danger.Audemars Piguet resources diamonds ethically, no battle or so-called “blood diamonds” are used. Moreover, the quality of the diamonds is quite high.To retro-fit diamonds into a fine timepiece would be to undermine its integrity. It reminds me of someone buying a prestigious motorcar only to match a inexpensive aftermarket set of metal wheels.The bezel is rubberized clad and gives the watch that a sporty feel. Offered in a choice of white or black, I discuss Aphrodite’s predilection for black.
It had been several months later that this piece appeared! My boyfriend knew I’ve been stalking the typical stores and forums, and did the same after I lamented how hard it was to find this opinion. He resourcefully discovered a piece on the second hand market, and gave me for my birthday!! The Royal Oak design is iconic and a definite head turner. On closer look, the leaves possess centerfolds so they glow differently if the light hits from other angles. A similar approach is required for the hour and minute hands to give the watch face a rounded and softer appearance than the classical Royal Oak.With that a 5.25″ wrist, so most watches over 37mm would not sit pretty. For the automated motions, the 15400 and 15450/15451 are 41mm and 37mm respectively (replacing the 15300 that is 39mm) and surely can’t sit well on a wrist such as mine. Moreover, the bigger case and lugs are designed at a fixed angle so it gets pretty awkward once the overhang is too far from the wrist. However, the 77321 measures only 33mm, and this fits most women wrists perfectly, and looks more elegant than an otherwise rustic rock star appearance.
I hope that one day I can own one of those watches, but I am going to have to start eating a lot of ramen. For the 33mm versions, you’re looking at $41,500 and $47,500, respectively. A chance sighting of a Greek woman’s watch, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph ladies model, caused Angus Davies to critique Aphrodite’s watch.I initially visited the track in 1999 and has been aghast at the speed of Formula One cars driving through Eau Rouge up the steep gradient of Raidillon and throughout the blind bend near the peak of the hill.A recent sojourn at the monitor was a sedate affair, classic automobile racing courtesy of my hosts Audemars Piguet.The website of Piquet’s Brabham or Jones’s Williams negotiating La Source took me straight back to my own youth and watching Formula One coverage on Sunday night television. Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain still resonates around my cerebral matter every time I think about the era.I climbed into the front passenger seat of a Nissan GTR and giggled like a teenaged girl because we entered Blanchimont in break-neck speed. The moment was surreal. The seatbelts strained to fasten my torso as g-forces grew in magnitude and vacillated between negative and positive g.A few laps in the air-condtioned comfort of their front passenger seat and I was exhausted. As I Imagine multiplying the heat, g-forces, speed and period on the trail, I am left in awe of Prost, Senna, Schumacher, Alonso, Vettel et al.The excitement of the trail paled by comparison once I viewed the vast variety of watches on display from Le Brassus. The pièce de résistance was a ladies’ wristwatch adorning a petite and lovely Greek nymph, Aphrodite, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph ladies’ model.
The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph celebrates its twentieth birthday this season and is in danger of being overshadowed by the fortieth anniversary of its famous cousin, the Royal Oak. The Offshore is a design classic and the 37mm case size suits a female wrist admirably.The Méga Tapisserie dial in black is a bold evolution of the Petite Tapisserie dial first observed on the 1972 Royal Oak.Continuing the angelic hue of the numerals, the “Royal Oak” hour and second hands are white gold using luminescent coating.A clean, narrow second hand is used for its chrono function.The dial features three sub-dials; hour chrono counter, minute chrono counter tops and subsidiary seconds. The sub-dials repeat the black 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 perfectly stick to the adjacent line of the bezel. No detail is overlooked.This special model features 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 fraught with danger.Audemars Piguet sources diamonds ethically, no battle or so-called “blood diamonds” are used. 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 purchasing a prestigious motorcar simply to fit a cheap aftermarket set of alloy wheels.The bezel is rubber clad and affords the watch that a sporty feel. Offered in a choice of black or white, I discuss Aphrodite’s predilection for black.
It was several months after that this piece appeared again! My boyfriend knew I’ve been stalking the regular shops and forums, and did exactly the same after I lamented how hard it was to get this watch. He resourcefully discovered a piece on the second hand market, and gave it to me for my birthday!! The Royal Oak layout is iconic and a definite head turner. While the classic Royal Oak 15400 or 15450 is manly and edgy, this 33mm Ladies Royal Oak has made a few tweaks to soften its edges (quite literally) to appear more feminine.On the dial, the white gold applied hour markers are leaf shaped instead of the classical baton. On closer look, the leaves possess centerfolds in order that they glow differently when the light hits from different angles. A similar approach is taken for the hour and minute hands to give the watch face a round and softer appearance than the classical Royal Oak.With a 5.25″ wrist, so most watches above 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 certainly can’t sit well on a wrist like mine. Moreover, the bigger case and lugs are designed at a predetermined angle so it gets pretty awkward when the overhang is too far from the wrist. But the 77321 measures only 33mm, and this fits most ladies wrists perfectly, and looks more elegant than an otherwise rustic rock star appearance.
A gorgeous 18ct Yellow Gold Second-hand Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ladies Wrist Watch.When the first Royal Oak initially came out, it had been nicknamed the “Jumbo” for its 39 millimeter diameter, which had been believed oversized at the moment. Finally, the Royal Oak was produced at a 36 mm case size, then in a 39 millimeter diameter, up until last year. The outgoing 39 millimeter manufacturing version didn’t possess an in-house produced dial, along with the logo was applied in place of the 12 o’clock hour marker. Now, as of SIHH 2012, the Royal Oak comes at a 41 mm plus a 37 millimeter instance, with all the 39 mm being reserved only for the (Royal Extra-Thin “Jumbo”and Royal Oak Skeleton versions). The new Royal Oak now has the AP logo applied to the dial just below the 12 o’clock marker, allowing for the designers to put in a actual hour mark for 12 o’clock, which, in this circumstance, is a facetted white gold applied double baton mark, a major improvement aesthetically. Measuring 41 x 9.80 mm — the brand new Royal Oak is only slightly larger as it predecessor, but as I mentioned previously, the dial can be vastly improved. And the case back is currently open, something not previously offered in this collection. Which, of course, is a pity for any movement coming from Le Brassus. And as I mentioned above, there’s also a brand new 37 mm version for those who have small wrists (or girls). Which one works best for you truly matters in your wrist size and private taste. I tried on all three and the 37 mm is definitely too small on my wrist (which is 7 inches in circumference), the 39 mm looks great so does the 41 mm, so that one did I prefer? Continue reading and I will say.
The next matter to capture a lady’s attention will be her very best friends on the iconic bezel. I particularly enjoy the black dial with stainless steel case because it brings out the glow in diamonds. While the black straps and dial supply a dark contrasting background, the silver bezel as well as adds to the shine of the stones, making them seem brighter and larger. In any case, black goes well with most dresses and accessories.Then there are some curves in the facts to make it more feminine. The sapphire glass is ever so slightly convex shaped, giving the watch an intriguing reflection of lights. The curve of the glass also gives a jewelled feel, instead of a clean routine glass. Not forgetting the cabochon cut sapphire set in the summit. Definitely a wonderful touch to include curves on a crown that was modelled to seem more like a nut.For the ladies interested in the functions, this piece operates on Calibre 2240. This is most likely one of the very few models, of not the only, Ladies Royal Oak Selfwinding. Most other Ladies Royal Oak are quartz bits. Besides the obvious “Automatic” label at 6 o’clock, another simple way to tell them apart is date window that is missing from the quartz movement.Overall, this period piece is easily worn from work to weekend shoppings and fine dining. It is elegant without being dainty; daring without being brassy; classical without being boring.Bio notes: Sharon Tan is an engineer through and through, always fascinated by machinery and gadgets big and little. She had been introduced to horology relatively recently, and was immediately captivated by the blend of art, science and engineering all encased in a disk. Her choice of watches ranges wildly from simple iconic bits to watches with intriguing movements or unique finishing. She also wants to attract more women into this male-dominated industry. Outside of her work and watches, you’re most likely to find her running.
|Model||Royal Oak Lady|
|Case material||White gold|
|Bracelet material||White Gold|
|Location||United States of America, New York, New York|
|Power reserve||60 h|
|Number of jewels||40|
|Case material||White gold|
|Case diameter||37 mm|
|Water resistance||5 ATM|
|Material bezel||White gold|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
|Bracelet material||White Gold|
|Clasp material||White Gold|
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Boutique Exclusive Edition. This model was created in collaboration with Florentine jewellery designer, Carolina Bucci. With a breathtaking shimmering sparkle, which comes from a surface treatment process rooted in an ancient gold hammering technique, also called the Florentine technique.
37mm Hammered 18-carat white gold case, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown. Rhodium-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. Self-winding 3120 movement with hours, minutes, and date, 60 hours of power reserve, hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp. Water resistant to 50 meters.
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