An icon revisited, the Florentine way
To lovers of a different, more sophisticated kind of Haute Joaillerie, the name Carolina Bucci is bound to ring a few bells. Since 2016, Bucci — a fourth generation designer from the historic jewellery centre of Florence — has teamed with Audemars Piguet to introduce several variations on the iconic Royal Oak design, including the outstanding 41mm release in frosted white gold which was launched at the SIHH 2017. This month, the Manufacture is once again collaborating with the eponymous designer for the release of a new Royal Oak Frosted Gold, limited to 300 pieces worldwide (available exclusively in store). This watch, imbued with Bucci’s signature finishing, represents her most personal horological creation, and perfectly embodies the contemporary Audemars Piguet woman.
A technical marvel that makes no compromise
From the get-go, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Carolina Bucci Limited Edition makes a strong impression through its clarity of design and undeniable wrist presence. Bucci opted to highlight the iconic Royal Oak design codes by finishing its 18-carat yellow gold 37mm case, integrated bracelet and screw-down bezel with Florentine frosted finish. Gold is one of Bucci’s favourite precious metals to work with and a hallmark of her ongoing collaboration with Audemars Piguet. Achieved by using a diamond-tipped chisel to apply gentle hammering, this technique imbues the watch with an incandescent and sparkling “diamond dust” effect.
The watch features a mirrored dial, a first at Audemars Piguet, which is very difficult to perfect from a technical standpoint. By flattening the iconic Royal Oak’s textured tapisserie in a smooth and mirrored surface, Bucci’s intention was to transform her timepiece into a “keynote accessory” for contemporary women. As Bucci explains: “The mirror is always interacting with its environment. It’s ever-changing according to what clothes you’re wearing, the decor of the room, the lighting, the time of day, the weather.” This interactive design adds a playful touch to this timepiece, while making a statement about contemporary women’s wishes or needs.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Carolina Bucci Limited Edition is now available in Hong Kong for HK$421,000 (in-store exclusive). For more information, visit Audemars Piguet online.